The University Grant Commission (UGC) sanctioned a grant worth Rs 4 crore to Punjabi University's media centre for purchase of latest equipment and further development of its infrastructure.
Professor Gurmeet Maan, director of the centre that comprises of Centre for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS) and Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMRC), said, "Out of the sanctioned grant, Rs 1.70 crore have been earmarked for carrying out civil and electrical modifications and installation of latest equipment in the newly built studio and production control room."
He added that the remaining Rs 2.30 crore had been sanctioned for purchasing and installing new equipment, which, among other things, would include LED projectors, NLE suits, audio and video mixers, video production storage and server, teleprompter, CCTVs, air conditioners and genset plants.
According to Maan, this would be in addition to the existing infrastructure and equipment comprising about 50 Apple and Windows-based machines and workstations, high definition cameras, recorders and other equipments.
"The updated equipment will help in making educational videos, e-content and enrichment programmes that will be transmitted through Doordarshan's educational TV channels and internet streaming under the human resource development ministry and the UGC," he said.
Besides, they will also be used for making documentaries, fictional and non-fictional films by CAMS students as a part of their course curriculum.
"This massive grant has been sanctioned by the UGC to promote government's vision of covering maximum number of students by developing and disseminating educational and infotainment programmes through various electronic means," he said.
Maan added that it would also help to carry new venture, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC), which was also referred by President Pranab Mukherjee during his convocation address at Panjab University, Chandigarh.