During the last century the world has undergone a change from agriculture society, where manual labour was the critical factor, to industrial society where the management of technology, capital and labour provided the competitive advantage. Then the information era was born, last decade, where connectivity and software products are driving the economy of a few nations. In the 21st century, a new society is emerging where knowledge is the primary production resource instead of capital and labour. Efficient utilisation of this existing knowledge can create comprehensive wealth of nations and also improve the quality of life – in the form of better health, education, infrastructure and other social indicators. Ability to create and maintain the knowledge infrastructure, develop knowledge workers and enhance their productivity through creation, growth and exploitation of new knowledge will be the key factors in deciding the prosperity of this Knowledge Society. Whether a nation has arrived at a stage of knowledge society is judged by the way the country effectively deals with knowledge creation and knowledge deployment in all sectors like Agriculture and Food Processing, IT, Industries and Healthcare. Creation of such knowledge society will further trigger developments nationally and globally. For creation itself, individuals have to work together; institutions have to work together; federal set ups have to work together with nearly autonomous states within countries; institutions in different countries have to work together. That means globalization and sovereign nationalities have to function together; competition and cooperativeness have to be companions. Such type of challenge will definitely attract the youth and elicit their involvement in executing the bigger vision of the nation.
By, Dr. APJ Abdulkalam
What is Knowledge Society?
The modern century is extra demanding from us. Life is far faster than it was; we all know that “change is inevitable” & knowledge, wisdom, time & values have now replaced capital resources (money power). World demands for the human having these precious qualities, as they can look for the positive change in the society/country & vision for better standard of living, health, education, economy, poverty free society. These group of people forms knowledge society.