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MANGALURU: Karnataka has urged the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to provide at least 3 channels on the DD network for use by the Department of Public Instruction. The state government has also directed the ministry to direct them to make mandatory channels for broadcasting by MSOs and DTH operators, suggesting that these channels be co-branded with DD and DPI and that they should be covered under the Cable Act Be included in the required list.

Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, S Suresh Kumar, in the letter of the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, argued that TV has been considered the most suitable media for the home as a center of learning of students in this challenging period. According to a survey conducted by DPI on the availability of various ICT infrastructure including TVs, mobiles and smartphones, over 95% of households in Karnataka have TVs.

Suresh Kumar said, accordingly, DPI decided to continue the teaching learning process through TV media in Kannada medium. Noting that Karnataka has 9 regional language government schools including Kannada, English and Urdu, Suresh Kumar asked the students to cater and considering a long term strategy to run the schools while maintaining social distance, Karnataka This process is urgently required to have at least three exclusive channels.

Suresh Kumar reminded Javadekar that he already had discussions with local officials of Prasar Bharati with DPI officials and assured to provide a three-hour, six-hour time slot in the existing DD channel – Chandana. The process of content creation by teachers is going on internally. As the government is facing difficulties to meet the capital expenditure at the present time, the ministry should help to exclude the state, he said.

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