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Bangalore, March 24

Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Karnataka, the first university to implement EDUSAT satellite-based e-classes for technical education, has completed 1,000 lectures. A special panel discussion was organised at the DSERT Campus, Bangalore to mark the milestone.

Even before the dedicated satellite was commissioned two years ago, the Belgaum-headquartered VTU was piloting e-classes using other satellites, a release from ISRO which has provided the bandwidth, said. The university has linked up all its 120 engineering colleges and conducts interactive classes for eight hours each day.

It covers disciplines such as civil, mechanical, electronics, electrical, computer science and information science. CEOs of many companies have interacted with students and the sessions have enabled companies to spot campus talent. Currently in a semi-operational phase, EDUSAT was launched on September 2, 2004 to deliver digital interactive classroom lessons and multimedia content to schools, colleges and higher institutions and also to support non-formal education.

Pilot projects were taken up in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The ISRO Chairman, Mr G. Madhavan Nair, said the university could become a role model for other institutions. The network could be used for administrative purposes and even for conducting online examinations and evaluations.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 25, 2006)
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