Doordarshan, IGNOU sign agreement for telecast of Gyan Darshan channels

IGNOU now needs to apply for a fresh license to start the uplinking of its channels for GSAT-10 satellite.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 8, 2016 3:45 pm

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Doordarshan and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) have entered into an agreement for transmission of four Gyan Darshan educational channels. Gyan Darshan ran successfully till June 2, 2014, but was shut down by ISRO to facilitate its migration from INSAT 3C to GSAT-10.

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IGNOU now needs to apply for a fresh license to start the uplinking of its channels for GSAT-10 satellite, as under the Uplinking and Downlinking Guidelines of the I&B Ministry, it is not eligible for the grant of a license.

“IGNOU requested Doordarshan to apply for the necessary license and permissions for the Gyan Darshan channels. Through this MoU, Doordarshan has acceded to the request of IGNOU and agreed to apply for and obtain the necessary license and permissions as are required for the telecast of Gyan Darshan channels from IGNOU Earth Station, Delhi to operate in C-band from GSAT-10,” an official statement said.

Supriya Sahu, Director General, Doordarshan said this partnership would ensure that the educational channels of IGNOU reach and benefit millions of students across the country. IGNOU VC Prof Ravindra Kumar thanked DD for supporting it in reviving Gyan Darshan.

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