The Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) of Karnataka, India has become the first university in the country to launch the state-of-art interactive VSAT channel.
VTU has launched the VSAT channel in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The channel has two-way video and two-way audio features for the first batch of 30 selected colleges. Currently, VTU is using the DTH Channel and transmitting live sessions from its studio situated at DSERT campus in Bangalore. ISRO has identified 30 colleges as Batch-1 colleges to get the proposed VSAT channel based on utilisation, location, and response to the current DTH Channel by the Colleges . These 30 colleges would sign an MoU with VTU and ISRO to ensure full utlisation of VTU-EDUSAT network- both DTH and VSAT Channels. ISRO will provide the necessary VSAT, Hub and Teaching end support, while VTU will coordinate with several Engineering colleges affiliated to it and manage the VSAT network.