Shastry V. Mallady

MADURAI: The EDUSAT (Education Satellite) access facility in Madurai Kamaraj University will take a new dimension from Monday when it will transmit expert lectures from here to various centres in the country.

The varsity’s Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMRC) will assume the role of a ‘teaching end,’ which gives the MKU faculty an opportunity to reach students via satellite. Ever since the thematic satellite was launched in September 2004, the centre has been only designated as a ‘receiving end’ where it had to listen to education programmes transmitted from other centres.

It will begin with a lecture and live interaction on nanotechnology by faculty members of the Chemistry Department. According to S. Murali, EDUSAT coordinator, the recognition accorded by the Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) will be a big boost for both the facility and faculty as “our lectures will be heard countrywide.”

“Apart from an hour class, there will be a live interaction among students through video-conferencing. There are 60 centres in the University Grants Commission hub,” he said.

Stating that a virtual university had now become a reality, Mr. Murali said that students had the opportunity to have ‘lectures on demand’ by choosing the teacher and topic. The MKU, he said, would line up more programmes every month.

Students of B. Sc. stream are the targeted audience for the MKU presentation.

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