New Delhi: Delhi University is working to
bring on air a television network of its own to speed up the
system of information flow and connect the large number of
colleges on its rolls spread over a vast area in the capital.
The University, which already has a functional studio,
wants to upgrade it to a capacity where it can operate a
television network and is in negotiation for an MoU to give a
final push to the project.
DU Television Network (DUTN), when operationalised, will
be perhaps the first such project in the country and varsity
officials say they want it to be a trendsetter.
The project that is expected to initialise before the end
of the year, will begin as a pilot project in the north campus
before spreading to other centres.
"We should have thought about it earlier. We began a
little late nevertheless we want it to be a trendsetter," says
director of the Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL) Dr A K
Bakshi, who is spearheading the project.
DU officials working on the project say they want the
Internet-based channel to act as a revolutionary tool for
connecting the students and making available for each one of
them events that take place in any college in the campus.
"There is so much happening in the university -- such
good events, lectures, discussions -- but they reach students
only in the college where they are taking place.
"We want to be able to take all important events taking
place in different parts of the university to all students
through the television, irrespective of where they are at the
campus," Bakshi said.
The university has visualised the network to act as the
ultimate communication channel for the campus, which would be
accessed by students through LCDs put in their hostels,
canteens, common rooms and colleges.
Plans are afoot to have hourly news bulletins on the
network besides regular text message updates on major upcoming
events, sports activities, competitions, lectures, placements
options on the campus and even admission cut-offs.
"We would be able to record important lectures taking
place in any college and make them available to students all
over the campus... The utilities are manifold," Bakshi said.