HRD Ministry to bring back 4 Education Channel on Air
HRD minister Simriti Irani, in a letter to Arun Jaitey (I & B minister), asks to give a fresh lease to four education channels which got off air about a year ago. They are planning to get these four channels on air again very soon. These channels catered to lakhs of students learning through distance mode of education.
Two of these education channels namely, Gyan Darshan I and II, were run by the IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) and the other two were run by IIT Delhi & Consortium for Educational Communication. They were pulled off-air in the month of June 2014. The oldest channel which ran for almost 14 years was Gyan Drashan I.
The satellite - INSAT-3C that serviced these channels, was being used for other strategic services because of which these channels were shifted to another satellite.