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VTU completes 1000 lecture sessions via EDUSAT

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Bangalore, Mar 23 (UNI) Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), the first varsity to implement EDUSAT-based e-classes for technical education, has successfully completed 1,000 sessions of lectures via EDUSAT.

To mark the 1000th session, a special panel discussion was organised at DSERT Campus here today, with Karnataka Higher Education Minister D H Shankaramurthy participating. Higher Education Principal Secretary Sobha Nambisan, ISRO Satellite Communications Programme Director A Bhaskaranarayana and VTU Vice-Chancellor Dr K Balaveera Reddy joined Mr Shankaramurthy in a panel discussion with students via satellite and reviewed the effectiveness of the programme. A message from ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair was broadcast to the students on the occasion.

VTU had initiated the pilot projects even before the launch of EDUSAT by using other INSAT satellites. Since the commissioning of EDUSAT network, connecting all the 120 engineering colleges of VTU, classes were being conducted for about eight hours daily. The students spread across Karnataka have benefited immensely by listening and interacting with some of the best subject experts.

Three programmes, covering 669 sessions, and 331 sessions under the ongoing fourth programme have been completed. Subjects covering various disciplines like civil, mechanical, electronics, electrical, computer science and information science were being transmitted live every day from VTU Studio situated at DSERT campus here.

VTU had also used the EDUSAT network for interaction between the talented youth and the chief executives of the various corporate entities, which had been well received. This had enabled the industries to spot talented students from the universities. VTU's experience in the effectiveness of satellite-based technical education in terms of equipment, classroom infrastructure and programme content would be useful for EDUSAT project that was being implemented in other parts of the country.

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