Internet2 and India’s National Knowledge Network Link Partnership
Internet2 and the National Knowledge Network (NKN) of India recently announced they signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will create a robust collaboration program between the two national research and education (R&E) networks.
At the 2015 Internet2 Global Summit in Washington, D.C., R.S. Mani, project director of NKN and H. David Lambert, president and CEO of Internet2, officially signed the document in the presence of several Internet2 members, staff and a delegation from India, including NKN’s Scientific Secretary Prof. S.V. Raghavan, Senior Director A.K. Balani, and Technical Director Seema Khanna, along with Indian Embassy representatives Manjish Grover, commerce attaché, and S.K. Dhami, second secretary.
“Internet2 is dedicated to advancing R&E technology on a global scale,” said Lambert. “The U.S. and Indian R&E communities are already deeply interconnected, with active research projects in areas like energy, public health, and earth sciences. The Internet2-NKN partnership will provide a better platform for this collaborative work—strengthening the network capabilities of the world’s two largest democracies.”
Lambert announced the MOU signing on-site to attendees of the Global Summit general session. Prof. Raghavan also spoke and underlined the importance of this collaboration for NKN and India. The Internet2/NKN partnership will be based on a working group structure, composed of NKN collaborators and Internet2 members, and will be centered on the core cooperation themes of education, personalized medicine, and harmonization of research and education network infrastructure.
“India’s National Knowledge Network is one of the largest research and education networks in the world,” said Prof. Raghavan. “Since inception it has grown very rapidly to connect over 1,400 institutions that span science, engineering, technology, research, education, medicine, agriculture, as well as a number of prestigious national laboratories. NKN has significant presence in the USA, Europe, Singapore and South Asia, in addition to a strong presence in India. NKN is the backbone of India’s Knowledge Economy and is the workforce for Prime Minister’s Digital India Program.”