Knowledge hubs are institutional configurations which include education, knowledge, innovation, intellectual capital development, and investment. There is no point in supplying more knowledge if there is not much demand for it. Many states or countries use the term knowledge hub to establish a mass of national and international players, which includes education institutions, students, science and technology, research and development (R&D), companies, knowledge creation, training and innovation.
The Global consulting firm Frost & Sullivan and The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) have jointly conducted a study on the capability and scope of Haryana to grow beyond its boundaries. Haryana: Emerging As the Pioneer Knowledge State of India was the name of the study, which disclosed that Haryana can emerge as the leading knowledge hub if it promotes innovation centres and industrial development in various sectors and industries. The question to be asked is: how will Haryana become a knowledge hub?
The state should indicate similar growth in primary, secondary and tertiary sectors and it is essential that such holistic growth should continue in future as well. For Haryana to be a knowledge hub, it is necessary that initiatives for development in education, R&D, infrastructure and growth and employment opportunities be taken.
The education system needs to be improved and developed first. Public Private Partnership (PPP) should be encouraged to establish more quality higher education institutions across the state. The students and scholars move throughout the world, which makes cross-border higher education common to the society. Haryana is required to be an education hub first, which could be done by using wider strategic approach and establishing more higher education centres. This way, it will be able to influence the education market and attract more and more students from neighbouring cities and countries as well.
Just establishing the educational institutions will not be sufficient for Haryana. It is necessary that the knowledge gained in these institutions be consumed and used efficiently. PPP again is the best available strategy for the state. More such partnerships should take place so as to set up collaborations in the fields of R&D, business research, building intellectual capital, science and technology, and public funding. It is essential that the demand for knowledge be raised so that a competitive strategic development is created, which will contribute in R&D, a key requirement for a knowledge hub. The state government is required to come forward and take initiatives to enhance and promote knowledge centres in Haryana.
A strong social infrastructure is also required to be established, so as to lure more domestic and international investors and showcase Haryana as the most preferred investment destination. The government should focus on taking initiatives for complete economic and social development of the state. It is essential that the government sets up more R&D institutes so as to generate more skilled manpower, which will help in the overall development of the state. Naya Haryana aims to gain access to the education sector everywhere in India. It focuses on the infrastructure for research, which will position Haryana as the largest knowledge hub of the country and a centre for international network for academics, organisations, institutions, R&D, and services.