Pune: State Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad accused the central government of dilly-dallying on the state governments proposal of broadcasting educational content through the Doordarshan channels for free. "Information and Broadcasting Ministry hasn't yet responded to our proposal and there is no reply from the central government despite several follow-ups. Hence the state government has decided to partner with private Direct-To-Home service providers like Tata Sky and Jio to deliver the educational content to students," Gaikwad said.
Gaikwad made these accusations during an online press conference organised by the school education department on Tuesday. The state governments school education department had on May 27 sent a proposal to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for allotting a few hours on Doordarshan channel for broadcasting educational content for free for the benefit of students. The school education department is taking continuous follow-up regarding the proposal.
On the backdrop of coronavirus outbreak, the schools have been asked to remain close but classes need to be continued or else students will suffer this academic year. The school education department has created educational content for about one thousand hours duration, but the central government has not yet responded. Thus, the state government has been compelled to contact private DTH operators for broadcasting educational content.
Gaikwad said, "We want to reach out to every student and provide all kind of educational content to them for free. For this, we need a network like Doordarshan which is accessible everywhere. But the state government is yet to respond to our proposal. We have contacted I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar to expedite the approval process. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will now personally contact Javadekar for the same. Meanwhile, to ensure that students don't suffer, we are also reaching out to private DTH operators."
"The school education department has plans for delivering free educational content to students through private Direct-To-Home (DTH) services of Tata Sky and Jio. We will inform about it soon,” said, Vishal Solanki, State Education Commissioner.