Professors from various Indian Institute of Technology would provide classes to the engineering aspirants through the newly launched four DTH channels by the government of India under its Digital India initiative. The channels would be Free-to-Air on Doordarshan’s Free Dish DTH platform. The aspirants interested in the lectures would have to ensure that they have a Set-Top Box, so that they can have uninterrupted transmission from these channels.
The digital channels would be launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 August. It is expected to cut down the dependence on coaching centres by the students and help students belonging to rural areas who could never think of acquiring such coaching and expensive crash courses.
Top professors from six IITs- Bombay, Madras, Delhi, Kharagpur, Kanpur and Guwahati would provide video lecture for these channels. In order to telecast the channels live, the Department of Space has allotted two transponders on a GSAT. According to the Director of IIT-Delhi, Professor V Ramagopal Rao, “The professors, teaching aspirants through the four DTH channels, will cover the entire syllabus of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). There will be a link on YouTube too.”
The entire programme is being coordinated by the IIT-Delhi and all necessary arrangements have been made by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development. The decision of the ministry to launch DTH and Mobile app based learning would help engineering aspirants to crack the examination. The ministry is also planning to creat an IITPal app, which would provide study material for IIT JEE exams in 11 different languages.