MHRD and Prasar Bharati to launch 50 educational channels

Ministry of HRD (MHRD) and Prasar Bharati has signed an MoU to launch 50 educational channels to promote educational content through satellite.

The MoU was signed by Ashok Thakur, secretary, MHRD and Jawahar Sircar, CEO, Prasar Bharati in New Delhi.

In the first phase 50 DTH channels will be launched for which the content shall originate from institutions of higher learning, that include IITs, IGNOU, State Open Universities, Central Universities, NITs, etc. The content, mostly live, shall reach a Teleport/Earth Station (being hired presently) through optical fiber connectivity.

Each channel shall deliver mostly live telecasts, 9 hours a day, to be repeated in the next 15 hours. The content generation and delivery through 50 DTH channels, shall amount to 164,250 hours of educational material a year, equivalent to 4,106 courses (each course of 40 hour duration) in undegraduate and post graduate subjects.

The DTH channels of MHRD shall carry curriculum based content in almost all subjects being taught in universities and colleges. The programme is designed in such a way that educational content besides being viewed on TV sets shall also be made available to viewers on IP devices such as PCs, tablets, smartphones and on other personal devices.

The entire budget for the next one and half year for 50 DTH channels will be between Rs 250 crore – Rs 300 crore. Later 1,000 channels will be launched under a Rs 4,600 crore programme under National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT).

These educational channels will handle structured lecture series and all the lectures will be made available on portal. Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with the representative of Prasar Bharati and MHRD will be established to implement the project.

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