Karnataka State Higher Education Council, Government of Karnataka
Karnataka is one of many states in India seeking to transform itself into a knowledge society – a society which recognizes the economic, political, and cultural value of knowledge (Bindé, 2005). To do so it has to connect its diverse, traditional knowledge assets “and the new forms of development, acquisition and spread of knowledge valued by the knowledge economy model.” (Bindé, 2005, p.17) It has to transform its knowledge ecology. The rapid growth of the information technology industry in the state has been a major impetus for the transformation. The state government has constituted the Karnataka Knowledge Commission (Karnataka Jnana Aayoga; Ramaprasad & Sridhar, 2010) on the lines of the National Knowledge Commission [of India] (National Knowledge Commission, 2006a, 2006b) to facilitate the same. We propose the concept of a world-class university system for Karnataka as a critical, symbiotic element of the state’s transformation – a system which will nurture its knowledge ecology and be nurtured by it.