VSATs to be installed in govt schools in Arunachal Pradesh for online education

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The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to install very small aperture terminals (VSATs) in selected public schools to facilitate online education in the state. The initiative began as a pilot project with more than 50 VSATs with an installation capacity of more than 100 public schools.

Arunachal Pradesh Secretary of State Naresh Kumar organized a video conference with the Deputy Commissioners and Deputy Principals of the schools and asked them to create their own class in the schools using available inventories.

Senior officials also asked the Deputy Commissioners and DDSE to expand logistical support so that VSATs are operational by February 18, 2021. The Secretary General also said that VSAT technology will allow two-way virtual communication between them, teachers and students. Technology will improve the quality of instruction and help students, especially in areas where subject teachers are lacking.

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VSAT technology information

VSATs are small software-controlled ground stations used for reliable transmission of data, video, or satellite. To stream learning through VSAT, you must configure the VSAT system, learning centers, Earth Station Hub, a teacher studio from which lessons can be delivered, data servers, and a DISH antenna over the classrooms for communication.

According to the Secretary General, within the framework of the new National Education Policy 2020, 300 public primary schools have been designated as activity and learning centers for children in the state from 3 to 6 years old.

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