The new scheme Swayam Prabha will be launched by PM Modi. The clearance has been provided to scheme which will allow 32 direct-to-home (DTH) television channels to broadcast programs for school and university students from August.
The scheme has been approved by Smriti Irani and is likely to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ministry feels that these 32 education channels will help students in the countryside.
The students can clear their doubts after watching the content through a toll-free helpline number that will be linked up by Bhaskaracharya Institute of Space Applications and Geo Informatics (BISAG).
Subject experts will be provided by the HRD ministry to provide quality education and the experts will be paid on hourly basis. The content will have pictures, videos and diagrams to make the things more interactive and to help students understand the concept well.
The ministry is deciding to broadcast live classroom lectures from IIT Mumbai, Delhi, Kharagpur, and Kanpur.
"Although more than three crore youth are pursuing higher education, the standard of education is not uniform, raising the issue of quality access to knowledge. Youth in the backward pockets of India need a fair deal in accessing high-quality knowledge to confidently enter the job market," a senior ministry official told HT.
"This scheme will help them to learn and understand key concepts while sitting at home."
"Every day, there will be new content of at least four hours that would be repeated six times a day, allowing students to choose the time of their convenience," the official said.