The Union HRD ministry has given its clearance to a scheme called Swayam Prabha, allowing 32 direct-to-home (DTH) television channels to broadcast programs for school and university students from August.

Approved by Smriti Irani, the scheme is likely to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ministry hopes that the telecast will help students in the countryside.

After watching the content, students can clear their doubts through a toll-free helpline number that to be up-linked by the Bhaskaracharya Institute of Space Applications and Geo-Informatics (BISAG).

The ministry will appoint subject experts to provide good quality content who will be paid on an hourly basis. The content will have pictures, videos and diagrams to make the things more interactive and to help students understand the concept well.

The ministry is planning to broadcast live classroom lectures from IIT Mumbai, Delhi, Kharagpur, and Kanpur. 

“Although more than three crore youth are pursuing higher education, the standard of education is not uniform, raising the issue of quality access to knowledge. Youth in the backward pockets of India need a fair deal in accessing high-quality knowledge to confidently enter the job market,” a senior ministry official told.

“This scheme will help them to learn and understand key concepts while sitting at home.”

A total of 32 DTH channels will broadcast quality educational programmes throughout the day. “Every day, there will be new content of at least four hours that would be repeated six times a day, allowing students to choose the time of their convenience,” the official said.

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