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ICT and information strategies for a knowledge economy: the Indian experience

Maitrayee Ghosh (P.K. Kelkar Library, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India)
Ipsheet Ghosh (Institute of Science, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 24 April 2009

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe the progress India has made in its move towards a knowledge‐based economy with details of how the Indian Government has demonstrated its commitment to the development of fundamental pillars of knowledge sharing infrastructure, knowledge workers and a knowledge innovation system. Libraries are identified as key players in building an inclusive knowledge economy (KE) for a country.

Design/methodology/approach

An empirical study of the initiatives taken by Government of India as well as premier institutions and non‐governmental organisations in the area of information literacy, lifelong learning and knowledge repository development was undertaken. These are reviewed to report on the contribution each of them has made in the development of KE in India.

Findings

The practice‐based examples of how information and communication technology (ICT) projects are influencing contemporary Indian society and an account of government policies in regard to ICT implementation and development towards a KE are presented. The impediments in the process of KE in India are identified and recommendations are made.

Originality/value

This is an attempt to bring together initiatives and projects initiated by the Government of India as well as other agencies aimed at developing a knowledge‐based society which will ultimately lead to a KE in India.

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Citation

Ghosh, M. and Ghosh, I. (2009), "ICT and information strategies for a knowledge economy: the Indian experience", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 43 No. 2, pp. 187-201. https://doi.org/10.1108/00330330910954398

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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