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The service will be ideal for rural students

Facilitates interactive learning Available on all working days

CUDDALORE: The Vice-Chancellor of the Annamalai University, L.B. Venkatrangan, inaugurated the Educational Satellite System (Edusat) on the university campus at Chidambaram near here on Friday.

Mr. Venkatrangan said the facility would enable teachers and students to enrich their knowledge through direct telecast of seminars, workshops and other academic programmes. The Edusat would also facilitate interactive learning in which viewers could seek online clarifications. Mr. Venkatrangan said the Edusat was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation on September 20, 2004.

It was a specially configured audio-visual medium, employing digital interactive classroom and multimedia multi-centric system. The service was started as per the stipulation of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, and to meet the developmental requirements of the university.

He said the service would be ideal for rural students who were enrolled in distance education courses. It would be available on all working days in two sessions: viz., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Mr. Venkatrangan noted that the Rs 2.5-crore project for networking the computers in the university was nearing completion, and once ready, all the departments would be hooked on to the tele-educational programmes.

B. Palaniappan, Dean, Engineering Department, would act as a coordinator. The Edusat facility installed in the university consists of an outdoor unit and an indoor unit.

At the time of inauguration, the system telecast a "live lecture" on data base management delivered at the Teachers' Training Institute, Chandigarh.