IT@School ViCTERS, India's first dedicated educational TV channel, inked agreement with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle to allow Indian students access to more than 200 hours of its educational programmes. The agreement will offer schools and students in India the opportunity to see, among others, the popular German programme Mouse TV. It will also bring in documentaries and videos covering science, medicine, waste management, workplace safety, water, world cultures and the animal kingdom.
IT@School ViCTERS is the educational channel of the Kerala government's department of education. ViCTERS (virtual class technology on Edusat for rural schools), India's first dedicated educational channel based on Edusat for schools, was inaugurated in 2005 by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the then president of India. Kerala was the first state to make use of Edusat for transmitting educational programmes for nearly 15,000 schools in 14 districts. Operational since 2007, ViCTERS is telecast 17 hours a day, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is distributed by local cable operators, and covers as much as 80 percent of the total households in Kerala, according to the organization running it. ViCTERS also facilitates interactive virtual classrooms that enable school students and teachers to directly communicate with subject experts and educationists. Incidentally, Deutsche Welle is Germany's state-run international broadcaster. With DW-TV, DW-RADIO and DW-WORLD.DE, it produces news, background information and cultural highlights worldwide, while creating a platform for intercultural dialogue.