The Union HRD ministry has approved a scheme allowing 32 direct-to-home (DTH) television channels to telecast content prepared by experts for school and university students from August.

Called Swayam Prabha, the scheme was approved by HRD minister Smriti Irani and is likely to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  The ministry hopes that the telecast will help students in the countryside.

A toll-free helpline will also be available to answer queries of students after watching the contents, which are to be uplinked by the Bhaskaracharya Institute of Space Applications and Geo Informatics (BISAG).

To ensure good quality content, the ministry will engage subject experts who will be paid on an hourly basis.  The content will be interactive; will make use of pictures, videos and diagrams to help students understand the concept well.

“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.

Source: Hindustan Times