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National Knowledge Commission of India

The National Knowledge Commission (NKC) is a high-level advisory body to the Prime Minister of India, which was established in 2005 with the objective of devising and guiding reforms to help India’s transformation into a strong and vibrant knowledge economy. The five key areas that the commission focuses on are education, science and technology, agriculture, industry, and e-governance. The Commission seeks to form working groups within each of these focus areas in order to develop concrete reform proposals that are to be presented directly to the Prime Minister. This task involves working in close collaboration with Central and State governments, professionals, academics, scientists, regulatory bodies, national think-tanks, industry representatives, civil society organizations, etc. The time frame for these activities is three years, from 2nd October, 2005 to 2nd October, 2008.

The Yadunandan Center for India Studies has established a partnership with the National Knowledge Commission in order to meet the following goals:

  • Engage experts from the California State Universities, as well as other institutions both within the United States and in India, to develop academic and leadership program.
  •  Establishing primary and secondary teacher training centers in India through faculty development and open coursework programs.
  • Identify issues in knowledge generation, management, and distribution in India


In June, 2006 a delegation from CSULB travelled to India to meet with members of National Knowlegde Commission and other educational experts as part of a two day roundtable on CSU-India Education Initiative. Here are some pictures from the visit.

Dr. Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Knowledge

      Commission, addressing the group

Dr. F. King Alexander, President, CSULB, delivering the welcome address

Jean Houck, Dean, CSULB College of Education listens to a member of the Indian delegation

Dr. Daniel O’Connor, Chair, Department of Liberal Studies at CSULB

Dr. Jyotsna Pattnaik and Dr. Jennifer Lamkins

from the School of Education at CSULB

Dr. Alexander, Dr. Jayati Ghosh, Member, National Knowledge Commission, and Dr. Dorathy Abrahamse, Interim Provost, CSULB

Dr. Dorothy Abrahamse and Dean Jean Houck with an Indian delegate

Dr. Alexander greets another member of the Indian delegation

CSULB students and faculty members in India