HRD ministry to launch 50 DTH channels

The HRD (human resources department) ministry will soon launch 50 DTH educational channels.

Ashok Thakur, secretary, higher education said, “These channels will be different from the existing programmes on air including Gyan Darshan as new DTH channels will be more interactive.”

These channels will air programmes which will be live and not pre-recorded and the new initiative will be one of the largest edcuation channel in the world added Thakur.

Later, the plans are to increase the number of channels to one thousand.

The ministry of human resources department has spent more than one billion dollars for ICT. Over 400 universities and 20,000 colleges have been linked with National Knowledge Network and there is a great potential to increase its usage.

Highlighting the potential of the National Programme on National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT), Ashok Thakur said, “The entire country can be made into a big classroom which will help improve quality of instructions in engineering colleges particularly belonging to the remote areas. The ministry may approach AICTE to make online education mandatory and integral part of education system by sharing IIT classes to other engineering colleges by making the system more user friendly.

Dr SS Mantha, chairman, AICTE said, “The rapid expansion in institutions has led to the decline in quality. The need of the hour therefore is to nurture quality in the institutions.”

The one day workshop was organized by the HRD ministry with AICTE and more than 150 engineering colleges from the National Capital Region of Delhi participated in the programme.

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