Source: News Track India, November 2, 2012
Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibbal has said that to enhance development and innovation at the grass root levels, National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) will provide optic fibre base broadband connectivity to 250000 villages' councils in the country.
He was addressing at an audience at Rashtrapati Bhawan during the presentation of the second annual report of the National Innovation Council (NIC) to President Pranab Mukherjee. On the occasion, Sibbal said that perhaps this one of the most innovative projects launched anywhere in the world and perhaps the largest. And the government has set apart 20,000 crores (200 billion rupees) for this project.
It is noted that the NIC was set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2010 to help implement strategies for inclusive innovation in India and preparing a roadmap for Innovation in 2010-2020.
The core idea is to innovate to produce affordable and qualitative solutions that address the needs of people at the Bottom of the Pyramid, eliminate disparity and focus on an inclusive growth model.
The initiatives of the National Innovation Council are also aimed at fostering an innovation ecosystem across domains and sectors to strengthen entrepreneurship and growth, to facilitate the birth of new ideas and enhance collaboration. (With inputs from ANI)