Punjabi University's Media Centre comprising the Centre for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS) and the Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMRC) will have its own independent direct to home (DTH) channel.
Director of the media centre, Prof Gurmeet Singh Maan, said that the decision was recently given a final shape at a coordination committee of the media centres held at Calicut under the aegis of the Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) an Inter- University Centre of the University Grants Commission and the ministry of human resource development (MHRD).
"The decision was the culmination of memorandum of understanding signed between the MHRD authorities and Prasar Bharti to install the DTH channels at various media centres, wherein the Prasar Bharti 'would provide an umbrella to MHRD's flagship programme allowing it to uplink the educational video, e-content and enrichment programmes", Mann informed.
Giving details of the project, Maan said that the project had been visualized by the central government keeping in mind the utility of the information and communication technology (ICT) in making deep inroads into our education system with TV being most widely available ICT platform at homes and its delivery the most cost-effective way to reach the masses at their doorsteps'.
"The university at its media centre will make three sets of studios and studio spaces and control rooms and national knowledge networking (NKN) connectivity on a fibre node with sufficient bandwidth available for the project, while civil modification, re-electrification of studios, audio/video and streaming equipment and the required operational manpower and payment to subject experts would be arranged by the MHRD", he said.
He added that the infrastructure required as a precondition to set up the DTH channel was already available with the centre.
Maan said the major objective of setting up of the DTH channel was to reach out to those students, especially those who can't afford regular classroom teaching or even the traditional distance education system.
Vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh congratulated officials of university's media centre.