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Knowledge and News Network (KNN)

The initiative: Knowledge and News Network (KNN)

To address MSMEs' long standing problems arising of gaps in information and knowledge flows, GIZ- German Agency for International Cooperation and FISME- India's largest MSME body, have joined hands to create a nation-wide IT based 'Knowledge and News Network' (KNN).

KNN is a new age online media platform (www.knnindia.co.in ) which will deliver news, views and analysis both in the forms of text, graphic and video fed through a national network of over 150 member industry associations and 110 institutions.

Its back-end is based on a unique architecture with:

  • Central hub: KNN Bureau and KNN Studio in New Delhi and Regional hubs at Bangalore and Hyderabad connected through VC facilities.

  • Run by a team of professional journalists from a fully equipped facility having a news Bureau and Studio in New Delhi.

  • The KNN team was trained by Shri Prakash Chawla, former Chief News Coordinator, PTI who also headed the KNN’s editorial team as Chief Consulting Editor during 2013-14.

  • 260 nodes at the ground comprising of MSME associations (both geographic and sectoral) and institutions (MSME and R&D institutions, engineering colleges, Management institutes ) are to feed Text Reports and video from ground and will be uploaded after thorough validation.

Board of Advisors:

Prof. Bibek Debroy (Eminent Economist; Formerly Director, RGICS); Shri Rahul Dev (Reputed Journalist; ex. Editor of Jansatta; Aaj Tak, Zee etc); Shri T.K. Arun (Editor Delhi, The Economic Times); Shri M.K.Venu (Executive Editor, The Hindu); Shri Rakesh Khar (Consulting Editor, Zee News); Shri Maroof Raza (Expert Strategic and Defence Affairs, Times Now); Dr. Laveesh Bhandari (Noted Economist and Director, Indicus Analytics);  Shri Nikhil Nehru (Advertising & Media Expert, ex. Executive VP, J.Walter Thomson & President, McCann Erickson World Group

Though FISME has incubated the project and GIZ supported it, KNN is to evolve as an independent media entity which will continue to focus the MSME sector.