VTU inks Mou with ISRO to expand v-sat programme

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

At a function here, VTU announced the expansion of the v-sat channel and signing of an MoU and inauguration of the VTU website.

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

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 the studio.

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

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

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