BENGALURU: The state government is all set to set up the Karnataka Education and Knowledge Network (KEKN) on the lines of National Knowledge Network. Dr K Kasturirangan, chairman of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission (KKC), announced this on Friday after inaugurating Smart Classrooms at the Government Science College in the city.
“Discussions are on setting up the network is on. Our idea is to connect with the best sources of knowledge within the country,” he said. The plan is to enable each and every educational institution in the state and across the country to come under the network, he added.
Kasturirangan advised the principal secretary to the Higher Education Department to extend all educational facilities available in urban areas to rural areas too. “The government should also concentrate on providing smart classrooms, virtual classrooms and web-based education is rural areas. There is a need to bring the benefits of knowledge to rural areas,” he said.
Citing the example of ISRO chairman Dr Kiran Kumar, Kasturirangan said, “Rural youngsters have no less intelligence when compared to urban youths. They are extraordinary and one example of that is Dr Kiran Kumar. Kiran Kumar hails from rural Karnataka and most of his education was in government institutions. This is the kind of people we have in rural areas.”
The Way Ahead
- 411 government colleges across the state to have smart classrooms and virtual classrooms
- Creating e-resource by video recording expert lectures in studios and sharing them with colleges
- Expert lectures will have recordings in Kannada and English to assist rural students
- Lectures to include curriculum, extra curriculum and personality development-related topics to prepare students for competitive exams
- Lectures to be accessible through mobiles, laptops and tablets