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HRD ministry to launch 32 DTH channels on DD Free Dish, will live telecast IIT lectures


The Ministry of Human Resource and Development is all set to launch 32 Direct-to-Home channels which would do a live telecast of classroom lectures from top-notch institutions, including six IITs.

The Department of Space has agreed to allot two transponders on a GSAT series satellite for this ambitious project, while Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) have been signed with many institutions which will provide lessons and content that will be beamed on these channels.

“The government is focusing on using space technology to expand the reach of high quality education. Through the 32 DTH channels the aim is to ensure that live classrooms can be transmitted from ten ‘Teaching Ends’ out of which six will be IITs located in Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kharagpur, Kanpur and Guwahati,” a senior official told PTI.

Lectures of over a dozen other premier institutions will also reach students on TV. The names of these institutions are currently being finalised.

Sources said that the Ministry is working to ensure that these channels are on air in a couple of months.

According to an official, the channels will be available for free on Doordarshan’s Free Dish DTH platform and the students will only need a Set Top Box to receive them.

At a meeting last month, a high-level committee chaired by Director, IIT Gandhinagar, worked out the finer details of operationalising the project. Sources said it had recommended that the channels be operationalised by August 2016.

Source: Indianexpress.com


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  1. Sir kindly add atleast one tamil news channel in free dth in tamil language the channels like
    channels are available in tamil language and my request is kindly add atleast one tamil news channel in the above mentioned channels in the private dth like SUN DIRECT,RELAINCE BIG TV,DISH TV all tamil news channel become available but in our free dth no tamil news channel become available in dd free dish and my request is not give support for private dth and the other regional languages like hindi there are lot of news channel become available in our free dish and in tamil language no news channel become available so kindly add atleast one tamil news channel in free dish immediately

  2. Waste of bandwidth, these channel are waste for 99% users.
    If govt. reduce min bid price and allow some good channel, like discovery , nat geo, that will b better decision.

  3. Good News

  4. Launching date

  5. Sir plse add Malayalam chanls

  6. Sir please add cartoon channall

    1. At least 40% fta users want cartoon channels.
      Currently big magic, ristey showing 2hr slots for cartoons.

  7. Juned Champaneriya

    Good News For DD Free dish Users………

    Utv Movies,Utv Action, Zee Primear, Pogo Tv, Chanel V,

    Coming Soon On Free Dish……….

    Also New Gujarati Ent. Chanel “DHAMAAL Gujarat” Add Soon….


  8. Sir g Ten 1 Add karana

  9. I wanted to install the d2h plz help.me to get in

    1. Buy on dish antenna or use any existing one with cables and connectors.
      Buy Ddfreedish stb from market.
      Connect antenna with stb.
      Set signal 93.5°E & 95°E. Auto scan or as suggested in recent posts.
      If u can wait then mp4 box may come soon.
      Dont know time and initial price . May be 1200-1500 or above.
      Mpeg2 box price around 700rs.

  10. Dear. sir punjabi channel added on free dish

  11. sir punjabi channel add karo

  12. gopi buttar qadian

    Sir punjabi channel add kardo plz plz

  13. Please some including educational channel discovery history types hindi channel.

  14. Sir please add any sindhi channel as possible

  15. sir add tamil music & news channels, you are adding Hindi channel only

  16. Sir ji please add sports channel like star sports 1 2 3 4 and ten cricket ten sports sony Espn etc.
    Also add total tv etv haryana Himachal janta tv mh news haryana news etc.
    Also add star plus zee tv zee cinema life Ok Sony max channel.
    Please add these channel.

  17. Sir etc punjabi. Add kar do

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