Doordarshan and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the revival of transmission of four Gyan Darshan channels for educational broadcasts.
Gyan Darshan was launched in 2000 as a media initiative by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development in collaboration with Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Prasar Bharti, ISRO and IGNOU. It offered various programmes which were the source of knowledge and information for a vast audience, be it preschool kids, school and university students, youth seeking career opportunities, housewives or adults. It served the academic needs of students and people from all sections of the society belonging to rural and semi-urban areas for a considerable duration of 14 years.
The four channels – Gyan Darshan I and II run by Indira Gandhi National Open University and Gyan Darshan III and IV run by IIT Delhi and Consortium of Educational Communication, UGC respectively – were taken off air on 2nd June 2014. The reason being ISRO’s maneuver to compass the migration from INSAT-3C to GSAT-10. The then HRD Minister Smriti Irani had also written to I&B Minister to give a fresh lease to these channels last year.
INSAT-3C satellite which held the onus of airing of the channels was being used for other strategic services and the channels were required to be shifted to another satellite GSAT-10. After being off the air for more than two years now, four channels which benefited lakhs of students are being resurrected again.
The MoU was signed by Deepa Chandra, Deputy Director (General), Doordarshan, and Sudhir Budhakoti, Registrar (Administration), IGNOU. The signing ceremony was presided by Supriya Sahu, Director General, Doordarshan and Professor Ravindra Kumar, IGNOU Vice-Chancellor.
Earlier, IGNOU had requested Doordarshan to apply for the license and permissions for the broadcast of the channels as the former is not entitled to get the license under the Telecommunication link guidelines by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Through this MoU, Doordarshan has approved the request made by IGNOU to apply for the license and permissions required for the airing of the channels from IGNOU, Electronic Media Production Centre.
The Director of EMPC, IGNOU Mr. Ravi Kanth told that the preparations are in full swing and Gyan Darshan is likely to be on air by 1st January 2017.