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THE PHARMA REVIEW (DECEMBER 2008)

Impact of National Knowledge Commission (NKC) Recommendations on Pharmacy Education, Practice and Research

Chandrakant Kokate

The National Knowledge Commission (NKC) was established on 13th June, 2005 under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sam Pitroda with a clear mandate to offer recommendations in five key areas of knowledge related to Access, Concepts, Creation, Applications and Services.

Terms of References

 
The Terms of References for the NKC were to make concrete suggestions for:

Building excellence in education system for 21st Century.
Promoting creation of knowledge in laboratories of science and technology.
Improving management strategy in the area of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).
Promoting knowledge applications in agriculture and industry.
Promoting use of knowledge capabilities in making Government an effective, transparent and accountable service provider to the citizens and for promoting widespread sharing of knowledge to maximize public benefit.
Composition of NKC and Working Group on Medical Education
The NKC headed by Shri. Sam Pitroda has seven members. The other members are Dr. Ashok Ganguly, Dr. P. Balaram, Dr. Deepak Nayar, Dr. Jayanti Ghosh, Shri Nandan Nilekani and Dr. Sujatha Ramdorai. The Vice-Chairman Dr. Pushpa Bhargava resigned to his post in the middle of the term.

The Commission started functioning from 2nd October 2005 initially for a period of 3 years. The tenure of the commission has been recently extended by Hon.Prime Minister till 31st March, 2009. The NKC feels a sense of excitement at the potential our country possesses to emerge as one of the leading knowledge societies in the world. It claims that the entire functioning of the Commission was transparent, democratic and participative.

 

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