Edusat Connectivity - Satellite Interactive Terminal (SIT)
EDUSAT is the first Indian Satellite built exclusively for serving the educational sector. It was launched in September 2004 by the ISRO. The satellite based distance education system enables virtual classrooms at rural and remote locations across the country. Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) has started two-way audio-video communication through EDUSAT network from 5th September 2005. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) set up a nationwide multi-user educational network in its EDUSAT national Ku - band.
Satellite Interactive Terminal (SIT)
Video LAN Connection (VLC) media player software is used for streaming and multicasting video and audio at teaching end and for receiving multicast stream at class room end. Net Meeting for point to point / unicast video conferencing can be loaded in personal computer for interaction with SIT terminals and hub through audio-video mode, chat mode and file transfer.Any SIT (including ROT) installed in EDUSAT network may receive any stream with correct multicast IP and port.
CEC has put up Learning Object Repository (LOR), Video on Demand (VOD) and e-content modules on various subjects.
A list of most important subjects and chapters to be taught is requested by Anna University before the commencement of the semester from each college. Then the list of subjects and topics transmitted is finalized. The Programme schedule arrives at the beginning of each semester. The Francis Xavier Engineering College conducts its Edusat programme in the Auditorium for all of its disciplines.
EDUSAT is the satellite exclusively devoted to meet the demands of educational sector. It was launched on September20, 2004 by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to meet ever increasing demand for an interactive satellite-based distance education system for the country. It has revolutionized classroom teaching through IP based technology. EDUSAT has five KU band transponders providing spot beams, one KU beam transponder providing national beam and six extended C-band transponders providing national coverage beams. Consortium for Educational Commission (CEC) is one amongst the five primary users of this educational satellite.ISRO has adjudged the CEC as “the best EDUSAT National Beam User” in July 2008. At present, there are over hundred Satellite Interactive Terminals (SITs) and Receive only Terminals (RoTs) under CEC EDUSATnetwork, installed at various colleges, Academic Staff Colleges and Universities across the country. Many more are being added with the purpose of providing quality higher education to the remote areas through satellite network.CEC EDUSAT network is empowering students through cutting edge technology and caters the needs of students across the country.
CEC EDUSAT network has done exceptionally well in the past and has won many laurels since it began live transmission on 5th September 2005. In the live transmission, CEC acts as the teaching end. Subject Experts deliver lectures live. These lectures are received by various SITs and RoTs. They are known as Class Room End. The Teaching End can be shifted from one SIT to another. Thus, the students can benefit from experts located in various Educational Institutions across the country. The Expert can address the queries of the students in the live mode. The students can interact and ask questions using the following three methods.
§ Audio Video Conferencing
§ Text Mode
§ Through Telephones