By Sudheer Goutham
Hyderabad: Moving a step ahead in improving its educational channel Mana TV, the Telangana state government inked a pact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the officials of state Information Technology, Electronics & Communication Department and ISRO’s Development & Educational Communication Unit (DECU)
DECU Director Virender Kumar, said “The Telangana government and DECU will work together to create and disseminate educational content by using Satcom, so that it reaches entire population of the state.”
The ISRO DECU officer lauded the state government for embarking on a noble programme to use space technology that would greatly benefit to the holistic development of the state.
The Information Technology Minister, K.T. Rama Rao said with this arrangement state educational channel will start coaching classes from October 1 for those appearing for Group II services examination of the Telangana Public Service Commission (TPSC).
“The channel will telecast daily a four-hour programme for candidates preparing for the examination. Mana TV will also launch similar coaching programmes for the students preparing for EAMCET, the common entrance test for admissions to engineering and medical courses, Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other competitive examinations,” said the Minister.
KTR, as the minister is fondly know, said that the ultimate goal of the government is to ensure that Mana TV reaches all 90 lakh houses in the state and students from schools to colleges and universities, and also those seeking jobs and preparing for various competitive exams.
He announced that with the help of ISRO, 6,000 schools in the state will launch digital classes from October 14.
“So that all section of people can benefit, the government would go beyond education to use satellite technology. We may launch more channels to cater to various sections as was done in Gujarat,” he added.
Even Telangana State Irrigation Department had signed an MoU with the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of ISRO to use space technology for real-time monitoring of all water resources in the state.
KTR, who is also Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development Department, said the government also planned to use ISRO’s satellite technology for flood management and to solve other urban issues.
Also, this technology will be used to provide better services to farmers and for effective management of underground water resources, he added.