The National Defence Academy is set to join the nationwide network of institutes, the National Knowledge Network (NKN), which provides a very high-speed data network for the academic and research institutes. The decision is expected to benefit academic and military training at the tri-services institute.
The NKN was set in 2009 by the Central government with an aim to connect all the educational and research institutes with each other for sharing of information and knowledge. Currently, around 1,030 institute are part of the network and the project aims at taking this number further to 1500.
Around 45 military and defence research institutes are also part of the NKN now, including Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratories and the Armed Forces Medical College, Army Institute of Technology, Military Intelligence Training School & Depot, Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and Defence Institute of Advanced Technology from Pune.
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NDA, which trains cadets of Army, Nay and Air Force for their respective pre-commissioning courses, offers degrees in social sciences, science and computer science along with the basic military training. In their final two terms of the six-term course, cadets are given the specialised training for their respective service.
An officer from the NDA said, “This will help both the cadets and faculty members in their studies and research respectively. For example, we want to develop special training module on leadership skills, we can get connected to an Indian Institute of Management for example. A memorandum of understanding will be made between two institutes and there will sharing of knowledge on that subject.”
Another officer said, “A lot of academic faculty members from the NDA do research in science, computer science, mathematics, economics, history and foreign languages. There are many institutes on the NKN network which the NDA can connect with and benefit from their knowledge base. We also believe that the kind the military and academic training we impart, there would be institutes on this network which would benefit from our expertise and we are looking forward for such exchanges.”
The officer added, “Currently, the work of laying down the high speed data cable is on and we expect the project to operational in two to three months.”