ISRO gives nod to implement Satellite TV classrooms

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has given its approval to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education in order to provide technical assistance for satellite TV classrooms across India in a bid to bridge learning gap that arose due to COVID-induced lockdown.

Key Points

  • ISRO scientists have appeared before Parliamentary Standing Committee for Education on July 2, 2021 and made a detailed presentation regarding proposed satellite TV classroom for students before officials of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) and Doordarshan.
  • ISRO scientists also emphasized that, organization is ready to provide satellite rights to states in order to start satellite TV classrooms.
  • Committee explored satellite TV classrooms which will be used to broadcast school-based educational programs. Under this programme, students can take advantage in cluster classrooms and issue of smartphone and data connectivity can be resolved, particularly in rural areas.

Background

Earlier, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe-led parliamentary panel sought help from ISRO scientists in order to provide technical assistants so as to start satellite TV classrooms for students who reported learning gap in school syllabus because of COVID pandemic.

Satellite TV in India

INSAT is a major catalyst for expansion of television coverage across India. Satellite television covers 100% area and 100% population. Terrestrial coverage is more than 81 percent of Indian land mass and 92 percent of population. Doordarshan is the user of INSAT satellites to provide television services across country. Currently, 33 Doordarshan TV channels are operating by C-band transponders of INSAT-3A, INSAT-3C, and INSAT-4B. All these Satellite TV channels are digitalised.

Satellite Television services operated by Doordarshan

Satellite Television services operated by Doordarshan include National networking service (DD-1), DD News (DD-2), DD-Urdu, DD-Sports, DD-India, DD-Bharati and DD-HD.

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