Press Esc to close

DU logs on to open new chapter

New Delhi: Jan 24, 2013 DH News Service 1:42 IST

University connects with 500 other institutes through e-network

In Delhi University’s first lecture series through e-network on Wednesday, the varsity was linked to 500 universities across the country, of which 11 were connected in a two-way mode.

The National Knowledge Network had devised the concept, and was constituted by the Prime Minister in 2005 to build ‘knowledge economy’ and use technology as a facilitator in higher education. The project was under the National Innovation Council via National Knowledge Commission.

DU vice chancellor Dinesh Singh said the initiative is an attempt to establish the power of communication through information technology. “This has a huge potential for sharing knowledge and learning resources. It can knit the country together,” he said.

The plan is to use the network to start academic discussions by using technology to share content and expertise, he added.

Questions were asked by students from various universities. During the session, students were asked to question Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Prime Minister, through his Twitter handle. Singh said at least three lakh from universities and colleges were connected via NKN live.

Harvard University professor Michael Sandel spoke on ‘Democratising Information, Justice, Equality and the Rule of Law’, which stressed on using technology to bring changes in society. “Education, social movements and an active civil society are the primary elements through which modern societal ills can be resolved, with technology being the medium for a better dialogue,” said Sandel.

Technology can help in creating awareness on issues pertaining to women, public safety and social change, he added.

Referring to the recent gang rape and murder of a 23 year-old girl in Delhi, which was followed by protests, Sandel said discussions through NKN can be a better way of deliberating on issues the country is facing.

Pitroda agreed to Sandel’s observation, and said such initiatives are constructive, unlike “frenzy protests that can be frightening at times.”

A majority of questions asked by students were on rising crime against women. There were discourses on reasons behind rise in such crime, creating awareness and toughening the law.

Institutions linked to the network include IITs, IIMs, Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science, branches of the National Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Pune University and Aligarh Muslim University, among others.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona during a football workshop at Barasat in North 24...

Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona during a football workshop at Barasat in North 24...

A view of the Kedarnath temple amid heavy snowfall, in Uttarakhund's Rudraprayag district ...

A view of the Kedarnath temple amid heavy snowfall, in Uttarakhund's Rudraprayag district ...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd as he returns from Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd as he returns from Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district...

A man swims in the waters of the Arabian Sea amidst a flock of seagulls in Mumbai, India...

A man swims in the waters of the Arabian Sea amidst a flock of seagulls in Mumbai, India...

Painter Jagjot Singh Rubal makes a painting of Indian cricketer Virat Kohli and actress Anushka...

Painter Jagjot Singh Rubal makes a painting of Indian cricketer Virat Kohli and actress Anushka...

Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi at a press conference in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on Tuesday...

Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi at a press conference in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on Tuesday...

India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls during a practice session on the eve of the second ODI cricket...

India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls during a practice session on the eve of the second ODI cricket...

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Kataiya village during his 'Samiksha Yatra' to inspect...

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Kataiya village during his 'Samiksha Yatra' to inspect...

The ugraded Hubballi Airport, which was inaugurated on Tuesday...

The ugraded Hubballi Airport, which was inaugurated on Tuesday...

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli with his actress wife Anushka Sharma during their wedding...

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli with his actress wife Anushka Sharma during their wedding...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.