Satellite-based education at 66 schools in Rajasthan

In a first of its kind initiative, the state Education Department will impart satellite-based education in 66 model government schools in Rajasthan.

Through satellite communication technology, students will be groomed to take various engineering and medical competitive exams after their schooling. A project ‘Satcom’ has been prepared in association with the Department of Science and Technology for the purpose.

Officials said Satcom comprises two-way communication through which students in village schools can ask questions to subject experts based in Jaipur.

Special gazettes will be established in each of the model school which include a colour television, communication room, set-top box and a small devise under the seat of each student.

The entire setup will cost Rs 2 lakh in each of the 66 schools.
“The communication centres in all 66 schools will be linked to Satcom studio in Jaipur. The subject experts will deliver lectures which can be seen and heard in all the 66 schools.

The students can raise their doubts during the lecture and subject experts will answer them,” said an Education Department senior official.

To interact with any subject expert, students will have to press a button of the devise placed under their chair, he said.

The project aims to groom students to face various engineering and medical competitive examinations.

Besides, special lectures on Mathematics and all other subjects in science stream will be conducted through Satcom to help the students for class 12 board examinations.

“The students in village schools do not get exposure nor can they afford coaching at premier institutes in Jaipur and Kota. If they get proper guidance they can show their talent at any level,” said Vasudev Devnani, Education Minister.

“Through this project we want to give them the knowledge required to fight the competitive exams and bring them at par with other students of big cities, who are exposed to a lot of resources,” the Minister said.

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