The Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) on Monday relaunched its educational broadcast channel Gyan Darshan, which it said will be a major step forward in implementing education through electronic media.
The Gyan Darshan channel was launched through webcasting along with its Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC) page on Facebook.
“We are digital and open university now. There is no distance between us and our learners,” Ignou’s vice-chancellor Prof Ravindra Kumar said while launching the webcast.
The Gyan Darshan programmes can be accessed at www.ignouonline.ac.in/gyandarshan. It will make the university’s programmes available on the mobile phones as well.
Gyan Darshan ran successfully until June 2, 2014, as a must-carry channel for educational programmes but was shut down by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to facilitate its migration from INSAT 3C to GSAT-10.
“We will use this platform as a promotional tool for our country’s cultural awareness and empowerment on a variety of themes on issues and challenges related to societal development, cultural heritage, environment etc,” Prof Kapil Kumar, director of EMPC, said when asked about the kind of programmes that will be telecast.
He added that “This channel will also serve the Indian diasporas world over, not only to promote Indian culture but also enlightening them with contemporary achievements of India. Similarly, the EMPC FB page will be providing regular updates on Indian education and will be a major source of feedback from the learners from all over the world,” he added.
He said the facility will be of extreme use to the personnel of the country’s armed forces, who can continue their education even while guarding the borders.
These initiatives from the EMPC will also enable Ignou’s various study centres in West Asia and African countries to enhance the learning processes of the foreign students.
Ignou’s vice-chancellor also said they are in the process of opening more foreign centres and exploring the possibilities for partner institutions.
The university has already started Gyan Vani interactive radio counselling programmes through both broadcasts as well as webcasting.