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Govt to launch 32 DTH TV channels by September

NEW DELHI: The government has approved a project to launch a programme called ‘Swayam Prabha’ to operationalise 32 direct-to-home (DTH) television channels that would provide high-quality educational content to all citizens across the country interested in lifelong learning.

The 32 channels are proposed to be launched before September 2016. Initially, the programmes will be telecast in English, but over time, there will be programmes in regional languages as well.

There will be new content of four hours every day, telecast six times a day, allowing students to choose the time of their convenience.

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar gave this information in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.

The main features of Swayam Prabha would be as follows:

(i) Curriculum-based course content covering diverse disciplines such as arts, science, commerce, performing arts, social sciences and humanities subjects, engineering, technology, law, medicine, agriculture, etc.

(ii) Programmes for all levels of education such as school education, undergraduate, postgraduate, engineering, out-of-school children, vocational courses and teacher training