HRD Ministry to open 50 Educational DTH channels

New Delhi, Oct.8 (ANI): The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) would soon launch 50 DTH educational channels.

Secretary, Department of Higher Education, HRD, Ashok Thakur on Tuesday said that these channels would be different from the existing programmes on air including Gyan Darshan, as new one would be more interactive.

He said these channels would air programmes, which would be live, and not pre recorded.

Saying that the new initiatives would be one of the largest anywhere in the world of its kind, Thakur said that the number of the channels would be increased later to one thousand.

He said that the Ministry has spent more than one billion dollars for ICT, and over 400 universities and twenty thousand colleges have been linked with bandwidth.

Highlighting the potential of the National Programme on National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT), he said that the entire country could be made into a big classroom, which would help improve quality of instructions in engineering colleges particularly belonging to the remote areas.

He said that the Ministry might approach AICTE to make on-line education mandatory and integral part of education system.

Asking to promote virtual lab, Thakur said it should be possible to share classes from IITs to other engineering colleges by making the system more user friendly.

Dr. S.S. Mantha, chairman, AICTE focused on promoting quality initiatives in the country. He said that rapid expansion in institutions has led to the decline in quality, and added that 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. More than 150 engineering colleges from the National Capital Region of Delhi participated in the programme. (ANI)

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