Within the comfort of their home television, the aspiring engineering students will now be able to watch telecast of the lectures from six IITs and other top institutes through the new Direct-to-Home channels planned to be launched by the HRD ministry. A total of 32 new channels will be initiated by the Union HRD department, in order to make the streaming effective and valuable to the students.
Two GSAT series satellites have been allotted by the Department of Space for this ambitious project of the HRD department. It is also in talks with many other institutes and is in the process of signing MoUs with them for content and lessons to beam on the channels. According to a senior official in PTI, “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 ten ‘Teaching Ends’ out of which six will be IITs located in Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kharagpur, Kanpur and Guwahati.”
Apart from IITs, lectures from various other important institutes from around the country will be streamed through these channels as well. The list of institutes from which the lectures will get streamed is being prepared at the moment and will be finalized soon. In a couple of months’ time, the channels are expected to go on-air. The channels will be available free on Doordarshan’s Free Dish DTH platform and those students who are interested to opt for the classes can do that same through installing a Set Top Box with their television sets.