Punjab govt to launch ‘Vidya TV’, 24-hour educational channel

  • Harinder Singh Khaira, Hindustan Times, Kapurthala
  • Updated: Feb 24, 2016 22:40 IST

The Punjab government has planned to launch a cable-based television channel named ‘Vidya TV’, especially for students to help them in education.

State school education minister Daljit Singh Cheema confirmed that the government was going to launch a 24-hour cable-based educational channel on missionary basis and the government had also demanded an expression of interest (EOI) and issued an advertisement regarding it.

Cabinet minister was here on Wednesday for a prize distribution function of state-level science and mathematics quiz competition organised by the school education department at Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala.

Cheema said the government would provide the content for the channel and the transmission would purely be a missionary initiative by the private firm.

He said no advertisement would be telecasted on the channel and the government had also mentioned it in terms and conditions of the EOI.

“Watching TV is favourite hobby of most of students and keeping it in view, the education department had planned to start the channel which would provide 24*7 educational help to the students,” he said.

He said with the help of lectures, quiz, debate and other educational programmes, the students need not to take tuitions and guides would be easily available for them. He said career counselling programmes would also be relayed to make the students aware of the career opportunities available in different fields.

He informed that as many as 3,300 schools were connected with Edusat systems for online coaching to students. He said the government had already managed the content of the channel and it is being transmitted with the help of Edusat technology to the schools.

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