EDUSAT : India’s first exclusive satellite dedicated for Education
Introduction :

EDUSAT is the first Indian satellite built exclusively for serving the educational sector and was launched successfully by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) using GSLV-F01 on 20-9-2004. It is mainly intended to meet the demand for an interactive satellite based distance education system for the country. It strongly reflects India’scommitment to use space technology for national development, especiallyfor the development of the population in remote and rural locations.

It is powerful enough to cover the whole Indian Sub-continent with its high power transponders of Ku band and C band. There are 5 regional and 1 national spot beams of Ku band and 1 national spot beam of Extended C band. There are Hub,Teaching End and large no. SITs and ROTs are connected with EDUSAT.

Gujarat University is also having SIT (Satellite Interactive Terminal) of EDUSAT at EMMRC, Ahmedabad.This SIT is connected with CEC-UGC higher education network on EDUSAT. Apart from CEC-UGC there are other users of this satellite i.e. AICTE, IGNOU, CIET-NCERT, Vigyan Prasar – Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

Lectures on different topics from different subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Management, Hindi Lit., English Lit.,Mass Communication, Genetics, Bio-informatics, Economics,Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Library Science etc. are being delivered on the CEC network.

CEC is also providing a service called ‘Lecture on Demand (LoD)’ and these lectures are demanded by the students and faculties of various colleges and departments of universities across the country. Lectures are also recorded for the later viewing by students. Cataloguing process of these lectures is going on.

Edusat Schedule
Edusat Recorded Lectures on Youtube

Sr.No Date Subject Topic Expert
1.
17-10-05
Economics
In Focus : WTO
Impact of Globalization & Liberalization in India
Prof. Archana Dholakia
Dept. of Economics,
Gujarat University
2.
26-12-05
Physics
Microwave and its applications
Dr. A. D. Vyas
Dept. of Physics,
Gujarat University
3.
17-05-06
Education
In Focus ACT : ICT Application
For Education – EDUSAT
(Education for masses)
Mr. B. S. Bhatia
DECU-ISRO

Mr. Harish Bhatt
SAC-ISRO

4.
26-07-06
Mass Communication
Edusat Network
Mr. B. S. Bhatia
DECU-ISRO
5.
09-08-07
EDUSAT
EDUSAT Gateway
Mr. Dharmesh Bhansali
Mr. P. L. Rajshekhar
SAC-ISRO
6.
14-08-07
Management
Knowledge Management
Prof. M. R. Dixit
IIM-A
7.
14-08-07
Management
Data warehousing and Data Mining : What are their managerial applications?
Prof. V. V. Rao
IIM-A
8.
11-02-08
Sociology
Ethnicity and Nationalism
Dr. Gaurang Jani
Dept. of Sociology,
Gujarat University
9.
12-02-08
Sociology
Communal Violence in India
Dr. Gaurang Jani
Dept. of Sociology,
Gujarat University
10.
07-03-08
Library and Information Science
Open Access
Dr. Jagdish Arora
INFLIBNET
11.
21-04-08
Mass Communication
Visualization & Idea Generation Techniques
Prof. Amar Gargesh
MICA
12.
22-04-08
Mass Communication
Creativity in Design and Layout
Prof. Subhash Tendle
MICA
13.
23-04-08
Mass Communication
Graphic Communication Process & Animation
Prof. Subrata Bhowmick
14.
11-08-08
Environment & Technology
Find Yourself on Globe
Dr. N. G. Dikshit
15.
12-08-08
Environment & Technology
Urban Environment
Prof. Rutool Sharma
CEPT University
16.
13-08-08
Environment & Technology
E-Governance & Geographical Information System (GIS)
Prof. Anjana Vyas
CEPT University
17.
14-08-08
Environment & Technology
Urban Flood Management Case Study using GIS
Prof. Anjana Vyas
CEPT University
18.
09-09-08
Information Technology
Access Management for Digital Libraries and Institutional Repositories
Dr. Jagdish Arora
INFLIBNET
19.
11-09-08
Information Technology
Libraries 2.0 : Innovative Technologies for Building Libraries of Tomorrow
Dr. Jagdish Arora
INFLIBNET

More than 1500 visitors have visited EDUSAT class room. Which includes students , Head & faculty members of different P.G. departments of Gujarat University and Colleges visited EDUSAT Studio at EMMRC.

B. K. School of Bus. Mgt., Guj. Uni.
Labour Welfare Dept., Guj. Uni.
Geology Dept., M. G. Sci. Institute
Space Sci. Dept., Guj. Uni.
Environmental Sci. Dept., Guj. Uni.
Geography Dept., Guj. Uni.
Botany Dept., Guj. Uni.
Geomatics Dept., CEPT Uni.
Centre for Devlopment Communication (CDC), Guj. Uni.
Journalism Dept., Guj. Uni.
Psychology Dept., Guj. Uni
Hindi Dept., Guj. Uni.
Environmental Sci. Dept., Guj. Uni.
S.L.U. Arts College
Economics Dept., Guj. Uni.
M. P. Arts College
Political Sci. Dept., Guj. Uni.
Bhavan's Arts College
Chemistry Dept., Guj. Uni
Bhavan's Science College
Urdu Dept., Guj. Uni.
J. G. College of Education
Library Sci. Dept., Guj. Uni.
J. G. College of Performing Arts
Mathematics Dept., Guj. Uni.
Bio-Medical Technology Dept., Guj. Uni.
History Dept., Guj. Uni.
Zoology Dept., Guj. Uni.
Physical Education Dept., Guj. Uni.
Academic Staff College (ASC), Guj. Uni
Statistics Dept., Guj. Uni.
H. K. Arts College
  • Zoology Dept., Guj. Uni.
  • Human Genetics Dept., Guj. Uni.
  • History Dept., Guj. Uni.
  • Botany Dept., Guj. Uni.
  • Bio-informatics Dept., Guj. Uni.

Short term e-courses also are conducted by CEC through EDUSAT platform. Students from our university have taken benefit of such courses. Some of such courses are as following…

1) E-course on Script Writing for Film and Television : registered students : 31
2) E-course on Editing for Film and Television : registered students : 25
3) E-course on Digital Library and Information Service : registered students : 14
4) E-course on Marketing Communication and Salesmanship : registered students : 20

Currently 3rd EDUSAT Based Distance Learning Programme on ‘Basics of Remote Sensing, Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS)’ for UG/PG students in Universities/Institutes is going on from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun. Total 187 students from different dept.s of Gujarat Uni. & CEPT Uni. have registered for this course. Last year, 154 students have registered for the same course.