EDUSAT Programme Disrupted in 39 Schools

Courtesy:Express News Service – BHUBANESWAR
The satellite-based tele-education EDUSAT programme, started with an aim for improving quality of instruction and capacity building of tribal students, has gone for a toss in some schools run by the SC and ST Development Department. At present, the programme has been disrupted in 39 of 89 department-run schools.
EDUSAT was implemented by the department in some of its schools to address the teacher shortage and allow optimum sharing of scarce teaching resources. Teachers were able to directly communicate with tribal students from the Bhubaneswar studio of Odisha Space Applications Centre (ORSAC). The most taught subjects were Mathematics, English, General Science and Geography.
The department had last year started evening telecast for students of residential schools and special classes were aired on Sundays from 11 am to 1 pm.
Apparently, the satellite interactive terminals (SITs) provided to these 39 schools by ORSAC for transmission of the education programmes have been rendered defunct for various reasons. At some places, the programme has been affected due to voltage fluctuation.
Even as the department has time and again appealed to ORSAC to repair them, no corrective measure has been taken yet. The SIT network provides two-way video and audio communication between the studio and schools. Students can be engaged in live classroom programmes supported by visual clippings and demonstrations.
Director of the department AB Ota said with the new academic session beginning in June, the department has again appealed to the ORSAC to repair the SITs before June 15. Besides, it has been decided to extend the EDUSAT programme to 337 high schools and 766 Ashram schools run by the department.
A transmission calendar with date-wise details of the chapters and subjects to be telecast will be prepared soon and supplied to schools, he added.
EDUSAT is the first Indian satellite designed and developed exclusively for serving the educational sector. Established by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), it provides virtual classroom through satellite linkage. The programmes beamed through satellite will supplement curriculum-based teaching in these predominantly tribal schools.

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