IGNOU announces re-start of Gyan Darshan TV Channel telecast through C-Band GSAT-10 Satellite launched by ISRO. The world’s largest Open University in September this year launched its webcasting services for Gyandarshan channel that enabled the students to access the content through mobile phone.
“The downlink frequency for the Gyandarshan TV channel is 3831 Mhz with LNB frequency 5150 Mhz and the symbol rate is 7200 SPS with vertical polarity and ¾ FEC,” said a press release from the varsity.
According to Prof. Kapil Kumar, Director, Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC), the channel is available free of cost and as per the Govt. of India Gazette Notification of 26.02.2005, it is a “must carry channel for all Cable/TV/ DTH and IPTV operators. It is an educational channel which carries educational programmes on IGNOU courses, general awareness programmes, and interactive sessions with subject experts and scholars besides promoting nationalism, harmony and peace. He further stated that these programmes are also beneficial for students of the formal education system and are now also available world over through webcasting www.ignouonline.ac.in/gyandarshan” from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The schedule of the programmes which are being telecasted 24 hours is available on IGNOU website www.ignou.ac.in. Prof. Kumar has sought the cooperation of all cable operators and DTH operators in making these programmes available on the cable networks.
Prof. S.B Arora, Vice Chancellor (Acting), IGNOU, described the re-start of Gyan Darshan as a major achievement and expressed his gratitude to the ministries of communication, I&B and MHRD along with ISRO and Prasar Bharti for the cooperation extended by them in this regard. He is hopeful that this endeavour on the part of IGNOU will go a long way in improving the quality in higher education. Gyanvani Radio channel is already serving the students through FM stations in the country and through webcasting all over the world.