The National Innovation Council and the National Informatics Centre is all set to launch a public lecture series on the National Knowledge Network (NKN) from Wednesday, 23rd January. The NKN is a multi gigabyte pan-India network that makes it possible to facilitate virtual classrooms across the country. Apart from classrooms; libraries, grid computing applications and various university researches can also be made available on a wider platform. Currently, NKN has connected over 900 nodes in India with a bandwidth of 1Gbps/ 100mbps.

The lecture series will be webcasted live from the Conventional Hall at the University of Delhi, from 10AM to 11:30AM. This Live webcast of the lecture can be streamed from  www.webcast.gov.in/nkn. It will begin with an introduction by Professor Dinesh Singh; the Vice Chancellor of DU. The lecture on ‘Democratising Information, Justice, Equality and the Rule of Law’ will be delivered by Professor Michael Sandel, from Harvard University, and Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation. The webcast will connect about 500 institutes across India, making it the first university lecture to take place on such a grand scale. The lecture will be followed by an interactive session, where students can pose their questions to the panel. Questions can also be submitted via twitter.