Education at the doorstep of rural areas through EDUSAT  

A unique project of Distance and Higher Education

EDUSAT was installed in Govt. Degree College Tral by Central Government in association with Higher Education Department of State Government in the year 2006. Series of lectures have been attended and delivered through EDUSAT. The HUB l or Teaching End of EDUSAT in Kashmir Division is at Govt. Degree College for Women, M.A. Road

 

EDUSAT

 

EDUSAT is the first Indian Satellite designed and developed exclusively for serving the educational sector. It is mainly intended to meet the demand for an interactive satellite based distance education system for the country. EDUSAT was launched successfully by GSLV-F01 from Satish Dhavan launching centre of Sriharikota on 20 th September, 2004.

Compared to the satellites launched in the INSAT series so far, EDUSAT has several new technologies. It is the first satellite configured for audio-visual medium, employing digital interactive class room and multi media system .

 

UTILIZATION

 

EDUSAT is being utilized through a collaborative project of ISRO, MHRD and IGNOU.

The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Govt. of India has been promoting actively the open and distance learning systems in the country. The ministry is encouraging the use of EDUSAT in elementary, higher and technical education, vocational training and teachers training.

ISRO provides the space segment for EDUSAT System and demonstrate the efficacy of the satellite system for interactive distance education.

IGNOU is the nodal institution for utilization of EDUSAT. It will plan for expansion of educational facilities in the remote areas of the country through EDUSAT.

Brief History:

EDUSAT or GSAT-3 was launched on 2004-09-20 by the Indian Space Research Organisation. EDUSAT is the first Indian satellite built exclusively to serve the educational sector. It is mainly intended to meet the demand for an interactive satellite-based distance education system for the country.

EDUSAT carries five Ku band transponders providing spot beams, one Ku band transponder providing a national beam and six extended C band transponders providing national coverage beams.

India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV successfully launched EDUSAT the country's first thematic satellite dedicated exclusively for educational services, into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. It was the first operational flight of GSLV (GSLV-F01) and the third GSLV launch. EDUSAT orbited the Earth in GTO with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 180 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35,985 km with an orbital inclination of 19.2 deg with respect to the equator with an orbital period of 10.5 hours before it was placed in the Geostationary orbit.