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
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
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
Composition of NKC and Working Group on Medical
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 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
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