Only 12 of 60 KKC suggestions acted on

Of the total 60 recommendations submitted by the Karnataka Knowledge Commission (KKC) in the last three years, only 12 have been implemented and 26 submissions are under various stages of implementation.

At a review meeting of the KKC activities in Bangalore on Wednesday, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda is learnt to have promised that he would personally ensure the remaining 22 recommendations are taken up for implementation, if they fail to take off by September this year.

The KKC, headed by renowned space scientist and Planning Commission member K Kasturirangan, has submitted three sets of recommendations on various sectors, including knowledge building, education, vocational skills for students.

When it was pointed out that its 22 recommendations had not taken off, the chief minister said he would ensure their implementation, sources said. Gowda also launched a booklet and VCD on KKC’s Jnana Fellowship programme.

Buoyed by the success of its fellowship programme, the KKC has launched ‘Jnana Shodha’, a project for institutions to undertake research studies in the areas specific to Karnataka.

KKC has short-listed five specific and general areas. These include: promoting social and industrial innovations, practices to improve agriculture, practices to improve public health, skill development in higher education and ICT (information, communication and technology) application in education.

Apart from specific themes, eligible institutions can send research proposals on any theme falling within the following broad areas (specific to Karnataka): public health, higher education, teacher professional development, skill development, community knowledge and practices and building knowledge society.

Academic and research institutions, voluntary organisations, government and quasi-government organisations, trusts and foundations are eligible to apply.

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