VTU inks Mou with ISRO to expand its v-sat programme

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Mysore, Oct 6(UNI) Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) today entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for expansion of exclusive satellite integrative v-sat channel with two-way video and audio network to its engineering colleges.

At a function here VTU announced the expansion of v-sat channel and signing of MoU and inanguration of VTU website. It was inangurated by the Karnataka Rural Development minister Shobha Karandlaje.

The MoU was signed by ISRO Director A Bhaskaranarayna, VTU Vice Chancellor H P Khincha and various principals of affiliated colleges of the VTU.

Speaking on the occasion Dr Khincha said VTU was the first in the country to adopt ISRO's EDUSAT facility five years ago. The first batch of 30 colleges received full fledged v-sat equipment last year and have been using them. V-sat facility at local colleges provide two way audio-video integration between students at remote colleges with the expert at studio.

Stating that VTU had successfully conducted 3250 live seasons till date. The mission of this programme was to provide expert lectures to students irrespective of their geographical placement, besides beaming regular and select courses, VTU had engaged some experts from IT industries like Sun Microsystems and Infosys to deliver lectures on industry-oriented topics besides soft skills programmes.

He said now the second batch of v-sat equipment had been delivered to 20 more institutions under VTU would get the interactive network taking the total colleges to 50. VTU had been working with ISRO for further expansion so as to cover over 150 institutions affiliated to in phases.

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