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The twenty first century has been acknowledged worldwide as the 'Knowledge Century'. Every nation now finds itself operating in an increasingly competitive and globalized international environment where information infrastructure, research and innovation systems, education and lifelong learning and regulatory frameworks are crucial variables.

In the next few decades India will probably have the largest set of young people in the world. Given this demographic advantage over the countries of the West and even China, we are optimally positioned. In the words of our Prime Minister we need to "leapfrog in the race for social and economic development" by establishing a knowledge-oriented paradigm of development.”

Creation of new knowledge principally depends on strengthening the education system, promoting domestic research and innovation in laboratories as well as at the grassroots level and tapping foreign sources of knowledge through more open trading regimes, foreign investment and technology licensing.

One of the world’s largest economies, India has made enormous strides in its economic and social development in the past two decades. But according to a new World Bank report, India can do much more to leverage its strengths in today’s knowledge-based global economy.


Academic Benches for Grooming World Class Knowledge Workers

India already has many highly educated and vocationally qualified people who are making their mark, domestically and globally, in science, engineering, information technology (IT), and research and development (R&D). But they represent only a small fraction of the total population.

To create a sustained cadre of 'knowledge workers, India needs to make its education system more demand driven in order to meet the emerging needs of the economy and to keep its highly qualified people in the country. Some ways of making the system demand driven are to allow the private sector to fill the burgeoning demand for higher education by relaxing bureaucratic hurdles and through better accreditation systems for private providers of education and training. Increased university-industry partnerships to translate research into applications can yield economic value. Lifelong learning programs can be used to meet the learning needs of all, both within and outside the school system, including using distance learning technologies to expand access to and the quality of formal education and lifelong training programs. K.Net aims to bridge the gap precisely.

GradFirst is supported by the Knowledge Network (K.Net) to deliver knowledge at the desk top of the user. The ultimate intention is to transform the learner community from reactive to interactive and from interactive to proactive and make them ”Ignited”. The knowledge network caters to solutions for the reskilling and upskilling needs of professionals and other knowledge requirements of the end users as “on demand” services. These programs are developed, deployed and maintained by the Academic Benches of GradFirst. While deploying the programs online, utmost care is taken by the Academic Bench that the programs are useful for the users in developing their skill-set which are at par with the skilled workforce of most advanced countries of the world. So, the reskilling and upskilling programs from GradFirst groom world class knowledge workers that provide an edge to the Indian Industry to compete internationally.

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