Space agency ISRO has given its nod to parliamentary panel to help set up satellite TV classrooms in India. ISRO will provide technical assistance for setting up satellite TV classrooms, which aims to bridge the gap in classroom-learning created due to the COVID-19 induced lockdowns.

ISRO scientists made a detailed presentation about the proposed satellite TV classrooms for students before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, which include the officials of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) and Doordarshan.

ISRO is ready to provide satellite rights to states in order to set up the proposed TV classrooms. Interestingly however, ISRO asked the committee if the "states will be willing to use the technology".

The states, whose education secretaries and senior officials attended the committee meeting were -- Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Telangana and Arunachal Pradesh.

The panel discussed the establishment of satellite TV classrooms that will broadcast school-based educational programmes. 

It added that students can take advantage of these in cluster classrooms. This will also resolve the issue of smartphone availability and data connectivity, especially in rural areas.

Recently, a Nashik, Maharashtra-based community radio station called 'Radio Vishwas' helped students without smartphones to pursue their studies during lockdowns. The radio station has bagged national award.

Last month, the parliamentary panel led by Vinay Sahastrabuddhe had approached ISRO scientists wanting them to provide technical assistants to set up satellite TV classrooms for students who had reported a learning gap in the school syllabus created due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns.

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