India and Sri Lanka signed four agreements on 15 January 2018 for collaboration in the Information and communication technology (ICT) sector, setting up of an e-office system and connecting of National Knowledge Network (NKN) for collaboration among universities and academics.
The MoU for cooperation was signed by Union minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad with his Sri Lankan counterpart, during his visit to Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister stated that the agreement is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of extending benefits of Digital connectivity to its neighbours.
Connecting of National Knowledge Network (NKN)
With the move, Sri Lanka has become the first country to be connected to India’s NKN through a Gigabyte optical fibre network.
The dedicated high-speed internet connectivity will connect NKN to Sri Lanka’s education & research network (LEARN) through which academic institutions of both the nations would be able to collaborate and share best practices and research ideas.
Setting up of E-office system
The National Informatics centre (NIC), the leading science & technology organisation of Government of India in informatics services and information and communication technology applications, has set up a model E-office system for Sri Lanka.
Besides this, both the countries signed a MoU for enhancing cooperation between them in the IT sector, cyber security and eGovernance. The Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also called upon Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss cooperation in other areas of mutual interest.
About National Knowledge Network
• It is a state-of-the-art Pan-India network, which aims to establish a strong and robust Indian network that will be capable of providing secure and reliable connectivity.
• With its multi-gigabit capability, the network aims to connect all universities, research institutions, libraries, laboratories, healthcare and agricultural institutions across the country.
• By facilitating the flow of information and knowledge, the network addresses the critical issue of access and creates a new paradigm of collaboration to enrich the research efforts in the country.
• Overall, it aims to bring about a knowledge revolution that will be instrumental in transforming society and promoting inclusive growth.
What: Sign four agreements
When: 15 January 2018