BBMP schools to have ISRO's Edusat satellite

BBMP schools to have ISRO's Edusat satellite


Helping city’s civic schools score over private schools, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will bring ‘Edusat Satellite’ programme to their classrooms as part of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) Roshini programme.

The technology will bring world-class content to the classrooms of 153 BBMP educational institutions for the students and teachers.

Edusat was the first dedicated ‘Educational Satellite” that provides the country with satellite-based two-way communication to a classroom for delivering educational materials.

Ali Sait, CEO, Tech Avant-Garde, said, “MASP PRO (Microsoft Aspire Schools Program) offers Skype in the classroom and 300 learning apps for students and one Note, Sway, Outlook and Teams for teachers, which has already been donated by Tech Avant-Garde and Microsoft as part of our CSR initiative.”

“We require a two-way internet for using these facilities. The connectivity should be stable and of high speed so that the students and teachers could be trained by experts, from India and abroad, under the MASP PRO Program.

Therefore BBMP Roshini has opted for Edusat connectivity from ISRO,” explained Sait.

The 153 institutions include 87 Nursery, 15 Primary, 33 High Schools, 14 Junior College and four Degree Colleges.

With Edusat, common lesson plans could be delivered by experts and the local teacher could be the facilitator, so that same standard of education can be maintained for all classes.

The civic body will also train its teachers to use the Edusat facility and will be launching this programme in another six months.  BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad said, “Training from experts is a must for BBMP school staff, teachers, parents, and students to transform education. This partnership with ISRO will change the education system in corporation schools.”

What is Edusat

Edusat is India’s first thematic satellite dedicated exclusively for educational services.

It is extensively used to cater to a wide range of interactive educational delivery modes like one-way TV broadcast, video conferencing, computer conferencing, web-based instructions, etc.

“Edusat provided connectivity to schools, colleges and higher levels of education and also supported non-formal education including development communication,” added Ali Sait.​