Saturday, February 18, 2012

MHRD plans to launch 1,000 education channels

Aiming to give a boost to education, the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) is turning to television in a big way and intends to launch as many as 1,000 channels. It has already initiated steps to launch the first 50 round-the-clock channels at the earliest and approached the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for permission, sources told PTI.

The MHRD has also started the process for appointing a consultant for setting up the infrastructure for the 50 Direct-To-Home (DTH) channels. The country’s premier educational institutions have been asked to prepare lectures and educational material that can be telecast, the sources said. Content for these channels is being prepared by premier educational institutes, they said.

The MHRD initiated steps to launch the 50 channels after clearance of a major technological hurdle with the Department of Space assuring the use of two 36 MHz KU Band transponders in satellite GSAT 8 spacecraft for the channels. The channels are a part of the National Mission of Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT) initiative.

“While the MHRD wanted to start the 50 channels at the earliest, the permission from the information and broadcasting ministry may take a little time as the latest guidelines specify that formation of a company is one of the requirements to start a channel,” a source said.

Source: The Financial Express, February 18, 2012

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