Hughes satcom to fuel medical education in India

10th September 2013
Hughes  satcom to fuel medical education  in India

New Delhi, September 10, 2013— Broadcast satellite services leader, Hughes Communications India (HCIL), a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems is to  provide a managed tele-education network to the Delhi Academy of Medical Sciences for post-graduation medical coaching. The satellite-based, online service will assist medical students in attaining success in NEET/AIIMS/PGI and other post-graduate medical exams.   

Says Dr. Sumer Sethi, director, Delhi Academy of Medical Sciences: “This technology is bound to help medical students, particularly those based in tier II-III cities. We have the largest face-to-face classroom network in India with 30 classrooms. We are looking to leverage the advantages of satellite technology from Hughes, pioneers in tele-education and e-learning software to reach out to more students. So far, medical students who have participated have really loved the concept.”

Adds Shivaji Chatterjee, vice president, HCIL: “India has the highest number of medical institutes in the world, yet many students around the country are not able to access quality education because of geographical limitations. This initiative represents a paradigm shift in medical education, as it will dramatically increase the accessibility of knowledge to every corner of the country—employing our latest, most cost-effective and user-friendly technology platforms.”

With a network of over one million schools and 18,000 higher educational institutions, India has one of the largest educational systems in the world, and the online education market is forecasted to grow to $40 billion by 2017.

Hughes advanced tele-education network provide a virtual face-to-face experience with high-quality, high-clarity and direct eye contact, including two-way voice interaction and chat-based queries. Now students from the most remote areas of the country will have access to the same faculty as students in Delhi and other metro cities.