President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday launched 32 Swayam Prabha DTH channels which will telecast educational programmes 24×7 for the benefit of students across the country, even in the remotest parts of India where digital penetration is still not effective. While launching the service, President Mukherjee said, “The use of satellite technology to reach the unreached is time-tested. I am happy to note that the scale and reach of this technology has been raised manifold through the 32 SWAYAM Prabha DTH channels.”
He added, “These channels will help students in the rural areas and in the remote areas where IT infrastructure have not penetrated so well. It is essential that all of you first start using these channels in your own institutions extensively, and later urge others to use it in their own homes.”
According to the official website, the Swayam Prabha is conceived as a group of 32 DTH channels to telecast high-quality educational programmes 24X7 using the GSAT-15 satellite. Every day, the channels would telecast new content for at least four hours which would be repeated 5 more times in a day. Thus allowing students to choose the time of their convenience.
The channels would be uplinked from BISAG, Gandhinagar. The web portal of the channels is managed by The INFLIBNET Centre.
Content providers: The content for Swayam Prabha Channels are provided by NPTEL, IITs, UGC, CEC, IGNOU, NCERT and NIOS.
Courses covered by Swayam Prabha channels:
1. Higher Education: The channels will provide curriculum-based course contents at post-graduate and under-graduate level covering disciplines such as Arts, Science, Commerce, Performing Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Engineering, Technology, Law, Medicine, Agriculture.
All the courses would also be certification-ready in their detailed offering through SWAYAM, the platform being developed for offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).
2. School education (Class 9-12): The channels would telecast modules for teacher’s training as well as teaching and learning aids for children to help them understand the subjects better and also help them in preparing for competitive examinations for admissions to professional degree programmes.
3. Curriculum-based courses to address the needs of life-long learners among Indian citizens living in India and abroad.
4. Competitive exams: The channels would also assist students of Class 11 and 12 prepare for competitive exams.
Full List of Swayam Prabha DTH channels and the courses they will telecast
Channels 01-10 are managed by CEC/UGC, New Delhi.
Channel 01 – Humanities- 1, Language and Literature by EMRC, EFLU, Hyderabad (The English and Foreign Languages University)
Channel 02 – Humanities- 2, Arts, History, Philosophy and related Subjects
Channel 03 – Social Science -1, Sociology, Political Science and related subjects
Channel 04-Social Science – 2, Education, Psychology, Home Science and related subjects
Channel 05-Social Science – 3, Management, Library Science, Information Science and related subjects by EMRC/MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Channel 06- Social Science – 4, Law, Legal Studies, Human Rights and related subjects by EMRC, Punjabi University, Patiala
Channel 07-Economics, Commerce and Finance by EMRC, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad
Channel 08- Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and related Subjects by EMRC, University of Calicut
Channel 09- Life Sciences, Botany, Zoology, Bio-Science and related subjects by EMRC, Kashmir University, Srinagar
Channel 10- Applied Sciences, Allied Physical and Chemical sciences and related subjects by EMRC, Anna University, Chennai
Channels 11 to 18 are Managed by NPTEL.
Channel 11- Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and related Subjects
Channel 12 -Civil Engineering and related subjects
Channel 13 -Computer Science and Engineering
Channel 14 -Electrical engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering and related subjects
Channel 15 – Engineering Sciences and general subjects for engineering
Channel 16- Humanities, Social Sciences and Management
Channel 17 -Mechanical Engineering and related subjects
Channel 18 – Mathematics, Physics, Metallurgy and related subjects
Channels 19 -22 are managed for high School students by IIT Delhi and is called IIT PAL.
Channel 19: Biology
Channel 20: Chemistry
Channel 21: Mathematics
Channel 22: Physics
Channels 23 to 26 are managed by IGNOU New Delhi.
Channel 23- Liberal Arts and Humanities
Channel 24-Agriculture, Vocational and Allied Sciences
Channel 25- Culture
Channel 26-State Open Universities’ programs
Channels 27 and 28 are managed by the NIOS, New Delhi.
Channel 27 – Secondary School Education
Channel 28-Higher Secondary School Education
Channels 29 and 30 are managed QEEE, IIT Madras.
Channel 29- QEEE 1 (Live classes in Engineering and Technology)
Channel 30: Mathematics
Channel 31 is managed by NCERT
Channel 31- School and Teacher Education
Channel 32 is managed by IGNOU and NIOS jointly
Channel 32- Teacher Education