Government of Karnataka has urged the ministry of information and broadcasting to provide at least 3 channels on DD network exclusively for use by the department of public instruction.
The state government has also sought a directive from the ministry to make these channels mandatory for transmission by MSOs and DTH operators while suggesting that these channels be co-branded with DD and DPI as partners and included in the must carry list under Cable Act.
Making this appeal in a letter to Prakash Javadekar, minister for information and broadcasting, S Suresh Kumar, minister for primary and secondary education said TV has been considered as one of the best suitable media for home as a learning centre for students in this challenging period.
A survey conducted by the Department of Public Instructions on the availability of various ICT infrastructure including TV, mobile and smartphones revealed that more than 95% of households in Karnataka have TVs.
Being aware of the fact that, Karnataka has government schools in 9 regional languages including Kannada, English and Urdu, Suresh Kumar said to cater to the students and considering long term strategy to run the schools by maintaining social distancing, Karnataka is in immediate need of minimum three exclusive channels for this process.
The minister in his letter reminded Prakash Javadekar, minister for information and broadcasting, that along with the DPI officials he has already conducted discussions with the local officials of Prasar Bharati assuring to provide the department with six-hour time slots of three hours each in the existing DD channel - Chandana on a cost basis.