JCOE_IIRS Distance Learning

With the advent of Information and Communication Technology and improved broadband internet connectivity has enhanced the scope of learning any time anywhere, going beyond the traditional classroom approach. To support distance learning, Indian Space Research Organisation, Government of India has launched dedicated communication satellite called EDUSAT in 2004. The satellite is widely used for variety of applications like Tele-education, Tele-medicine, Village Resource Centres, mobile satellite services, disaster management support and television broadcasting educating farmers for agriculture and other purposes. One of the prime applications of EDUSAT satellite is tele-education at various levels (i.e. school level/UG /PG level) by different ministries / autonomous organizations / departments/institutions/universities in India effectively utilized the EDUSAT for Tele-education.

The initial focus of IIRS was to use EDUSAT/INSAT 4CR satellite for distance learning but extended the scope to use internet so that access to large number of institutions/universities /individuals with little cost the User. Today this programme is linking more professional and user departments and ministries in the country to develop their skills in geospatial technologies and its applications. The IIRS outreach programme is being conducted through following two major modes:

  • Live and Interactive classroom sessions (also known as EDUSAT) and
  • E-learning based online courses.

The live and interactive mode of distance learning is through Internet and A-view software platform developed by Amrita e-learning Lab in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Government of India. The live classroom session are being conducted during 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM on daily basis through state of art studio facility setup in the Institute.