Apr 17 2020
India's Public Broadcaster has been helping students with their studies amidst ongoing lockdown. In collaboration with various state government institutions, Doordarshan and All India Radio are broadcasting virtual classes and other educational content through their regional channels across the country on TV, Radio and YouTube.
In the absence of school classes, these virtual classes are helping lakhs of students, especially students of Class 10 and 12 to prepare for their board and competitive examinations.
The virtual learning through DD and AIR include curriculum-based classes for Primary, Middle and High School level students. Secondary School Leaving Certificate subjects and model question papers for Std X students are also being made available in some states. Many of these classes also help students prepare for their Engineering and Medical Entrance Examinations.
To keep the learning interesting, apart from the curriculum content, virtual classes in few states include story telling by eminent personalities and quiz shows.
With an aim of inculcating discipline in students sitting at home, most of these classes start early morning and few are repeated in the afternoon.
The kendras that are already broadcasting virtual classes are Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat, and Jammu & Kashmir.
All India Radio
Stations broadcasting virtual classes are Vijaywada, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Tiruchirapalli, Coimbatire, Puducherry, Madurai, Trivendrum, Tirunelveli, Panaji, Jalgaon, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Parbhani, Aurangabad, Pune, Nagpur, Mumbai, Gangtok, Guwahati, Bikaner, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur.
The stations broadcasting educational content are Bhopal, Chennai, Kozhikode and Thrissur.
On an average, any DD Channel is airing 2.5 hours of educational content daily and any All India Radio channel is airing 30 minutes of educational content daily.
Also, the total number of hours of daily content across DD Network is 17 hours and 11 hours across All India Radio network daily.
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