Gyan Darshan And Gyan Vani Educational Channels
Gyan Darshan is a bouquet of satellite-based educational TV channel which was started on 26th January, 2000. It carries not only the educational video programmes of IGNOU, but also those of other major educational organizations like the UGC, CIET-NCERT, NIOS, IITs, TTTIs and also developmental and cultural programmes intended for the public at large. Operating through a C-band transponder on INSAT 3C as free-to-air channels on a round the clock basis, the channels have been upgraded as completely digital one with effect from 26th January, 2003.
In its present digital configuration, the Gyan Darshan bouquet offers the following channels:
GD-1 : The main educational channel catering to all sectors of education.
GD-2 : Interactive channel consisting of live teleconferences, telecounselling sessions etc.
GD-3 : Eklavya (Technology) education channel consisting of programmes pertaining to engineering
GD-4 : The fourth channel in the bouquet of Gyan Darshan Channels, Vyas Channel brings curriculum based
The Gyan Darshan channels can be accessed through local cable operators or through a dish antenna equipped for digital reception on C-band from INSAT 3C (downlink frequency: 4165 MHz. Symbol rate: 26000).
Conceived as a joint venture between MHRD and IGNOU, the Gyan Vani project comprises a network of 40 FM Educational Radio Stations located in different places across the country. Sixteen of these stations are already operational, viz., Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chennai, Coimbatore, New Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Vishakhapatnam, Raipur, Rajkot, Jabalpur, Gauhati, Varanasi and Mysore.
Each Gyan Vani radio station caters to a service area of around 60 km radius and can be received on normal FM radio sets. The programming mainly aims at local educational needs in the local language. The help of local educational institutions and educationists is sought in programme production. Live programmes with phone-in interactivity is a notable feature of Gyan Vani stations, which are particularly popular with the student population.
Interactive Radio Counselling
This is a phone-in programme which is conducted live across the country every sunday between 4 and 5 p.m. and is relayed by all AIR stations. Resource persons present in the studio explain the topic of the day after which a live question-answer session follows. Students from some select cities in the country can phone-in by using a toll free number (16001-12345) and get their doubts cleared in real time. These phone-in counselling sessions are a boon to distance education students as they provide the much needed interactivity and human touch.
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