Bhoj varsity to establish SITs in rural areas
MADHYA PRADESH Bhoj (Open) University (MPBOU) will be the first university in India to establish its Satellite Interactive Terminals (SITs) in rural areas. Classes will be organised in Hindi medium for benefit of students of rural and tribal areas in the State.india Updated: Nov 17, 2006 15:59 IST
MADHYA PRADESH Bhoj (Open) University (MPBOU) will be the first university in India to establish its Satellite Interactive Terminals (SITs) in rural areas. Classes will be organised in Hindi medium for benefit of students of rural and tribal areas in the State.
A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting on utilisation of EDUSAT held at the conference room of the Bhoj University on Wednesday. MPBOU Vice Chancellor Dr Kamlakar Singh presided over the meeting. Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya Vice Chancellor Prof PB Sharma, Commissioner, Higher Education and Director, Technical Education also took part in it.
EDUSAT project director from ISRO Ahmedabad has already inspected the hub site of the project at the Bhoj University campus and chalked out schedule for installation of equipment and final operation of network.
MPBOU has 1062 study centres, 3147 academic counsellors, 1170 coordinators, 12 regional centres and seven PETCs. Total number of students is around three lakh. Of them 56 per cent are in rural/tribal areas.
The university initiated involvement of MPs and MLAs for funding this project and has already got Rs 40 lakh from them for welfare of students of their respective constituencies.
The EDUSAT is being utilised through a collaborative project of ISRO, MHRD and IGNOU. The Union HRD Ministry is encouraging its use in elementary, higher and technical education, vocational training and teachers training.
The ISRO will provide space segment for the system and demonstrate efficacy of the satellite system for interactive distance education. The IGNOU is the nodal institution for utilisation of EDUSAT. Initially 40 SITs will be installed in different regions of the State.
They will have two way audio-video interactive terminals. All eight regional centres and 32 other study centres mainly in rural areas are included in the first phase.
A large number of students in the University belong to various courses like BA, B Sc and B Com, professional courses like health and nursing, B Ed, Special B Ed classes, BCA, MCA, tourism and management courses etc. Lectures and e-content related to syllabus of BA, B Sc and B Com classes will be telecast first. University is designing this programme in Hindi medium.
A library of lectures, CDs, exercises will be created and put on the server of EDUSAT, which will be accessible to students for 24 hours. Training programme for teachers, vocational and career-oriented programmes will also be organised in future through EDUSAT.
All SITs (terminals) will be connected 24 hours with each other and Headquarter of the University, through server of EDUSAT. On an average each study centre, where SIT will be installed, has enrolment of at least 300 students.
Thus 12000 students will be directly benefited in first phase, it was mentioned.