On Sunday SWAYAM and SWAYAM PRABHA DTH Channels were launched by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in New Delhi. SWAYAM PRABHA is a group of 32 DTH channels that telecasts high educational programmes on 24×7 basis by using GSAT-15 satellite. Basically it allows the students across the country to access classroom lectures on their TV sets. The telecast on different subjects from the different institutions will be provided on 32 channels. Everyday there will be new content for at least 4 hours that would be repeated 5 more times in a day, so that students can choose the time of their convenience. The contents are provided by NPTEL, IITs, UGC, CEC, IGNOU, NCERT and NIOS. This is supposed to be the largest and far reaching educational platform in terms of outreach and impact. The current online video course platform NPTEL (that provides E-learning through online web and video courses) will be part of this. Various professors from IIT will be providing coaching classes to the aspirants of Engineering through DTH channels. Just the students have to secure a Set-Top Box to watch these channels.
These DTH Channels will cover Higher Education (post graduate and undergraduate level), school education (9 – 12 level), curriculum based courses and will assist 11th and 12th class students for competitive exams.
Content will be including pictures, videos and diagrams that will be delivered by subject experts. There will be online doubt discussion forum where students can ask their doubts.
This technology enables good teachers to teach large number of students who are not physically present in the classes. The main advantage of this scheme is that it is being telecasted on DTH channels which are cheaper, easily accessible and it gives chance to rural people also to study from good teachers. It offers flexibility for people to learn at their own place.
It also gives opportunities to the teachers to use their teaching abilities in a best way they can that increases their teaching capacity.