The Science and Technology department of the Government of Rajasthan, is using technology for giving free tutorials on Physics, Chemistry and Math for engineering exams. In a first of its kind initiative, the department in association with ISRO has set up a SATCOM Studio in Jaipur, in which the faculty and teachers give coaching, which is then transmitted to the state districts and Panchayat Samitis.
This initiative was taken after an announcement made by the Chief Minister in the state budget. And the department has made all round efforts to ensure that the benefits of this programme penetrate to the lowest levels. The initiative has been undertaken keeping the economically weaker children in mind, who cannot expensive private tuition centres. There are no restrictions regarding admission among the students. Those who think that the video conference tutorials will benefit them are free to join.
The model has been conceived with an aim to fulfill the coaching needs of the students that come from rural and far flung areas of the state, where private coaching and assistance is rare. For this the network has been linked to all the 32 districts and 237 Panchayat Samitis of the state.
Through 12 ROT’s (Receive Only Terminal) installed at the Panchayat Samitis and 44 SIT’s (Satellite Interactive Terminal) installed at the Districts under the supervision of the Block Development Officers and the Education Nodal Officer. Students come to these centres and participate in live interactions with the faculty/teacher, and can also get their queries attended to, in real time. All their doubts are met through the interaction.
Hard copies study materials along with readily available soft copies are also being provided to the students and the matter is completely in Hindi. There is also a counseling session by the lecturers where the doubts of the students are addressed and solutions given after the classes are over. The students can also call and arrange a time with the concerned faculty for their sessions. With an average of 30-40 students in each district, the campaign has been well received among students from across the state. Rajasthan is the only state after Andhra Pradesh to have implemented such a programme. With the success of engineering coaching, the department now also plans to lend the technologically advanced medium of coaching to students taking the Medical entrance examinations as well.