HRD ministry to launch 32 DTH channels, will live telecast IIT lectures
Lectures of over a dozen other premier institutions will also reach students on TV. The names of these institutions are currently being finalised.
Students across the country would soon be able to watch live telecast of lectures from six IITs and some other top institutions while seated in their living rooms, with the HRD Ministry set to launch 32 Direct-to-Home channels to cater to their needs.
The Department of Space has agreed to allot two transponders on a GSAT series satellite for this ambitious project, while MoUs have been signed with many institutions which will provide lessons and content that will be beamed on these channels.
“The government is focusing on using space technology to expand the reach of high quality education. Through the 32 DTH channels, the aim is to ensure that live classrooms can be transmitted from 10 ‘Teaching Ends’ out of which six will be IITs located in Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kharagpur, Kanpur and Guwahati,” a senior official said. Lectures of over a dozen other premier institutions will also reach students on TV and these names are being finalised. The ministry is working to ensure that the channels are on air by August,, sources said. A high-level panel chaired by director, IIT Gandhinagar, worked out the finer details of operationalising the project.