HRD Ministry to Open 50 Educational DTH Channels
The HRD Ministry will soon launch 50 DTH educational
channels. This was stated by the Secretary (HE) Sh Ashok Thakur in New Delhi
today. He said these channels will be different from the existing programmes on
air including Gyan Darshan as new one will be more interactive. He said these
channels will air programmes which will be live and not pre recorded. Saying
that the new initiatives will be one of the largest anywhere in the world of its
kind, Sh. Thakur said later on the number of the channels will be increased to
one thousand. He said that the Ministry has spent more than one billion dollars
for ICT. Over 400 universities and twenty thousand colleges have been linked
with bandwidth. He said 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), the
Secretary said that 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. He said that the Ministry may approach AICTE to
make on-line education mandatory and integral part of education system. Asking
to promote virtual lab, Sh. 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. 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.
Courtesy : PIB