IndiatechOnline is to fuel a new Indian edutainment programme for television and the Web. IT@School ViCTERS, the complete educational channel of Government of Kerala has just launched "ITor All”, a 30 minute weekly programme to demystify Information Technology and highlight the latest IT Trends and Technologies that impact lay people in India.
Hosted by IndiaTechOnline Editor, Anand Parthasarathy, the programme in English, airs from January 13 . After a formal launch during the State School IT Fest at Thiruvananthapuram it is to be telecast on the ViCTERS channel every Thursday at 8.35 pm ISTwith its repeat at 12.05pm on Friday and on every Sunday at 8.30 am with its repeat telecast at 5 pm the same day. The channel is carried by all Cable operators in Kerala. Elsewherre,The programme could also be watched ‘Live’ on the Web at these times at www.victers.itschool.gov.in . A special website exclusively for the show www.itforall.in is also being set up very shortly, where all episodes of the programme will be archived for off line viewing, together with additional educational material on each of the theme subjects discussed. The IndiaTechOnline portal will be the primary resource fuelling the programme.
“This programme is our dedication towards the entire educational society as part of our ICT enabled educational initiatives. ‘IT for All’ being made in English would enable students globally to get a bird’s eye view of the latest trends in IT and it is certainly an amazing experience in the offering”, says K. Anvar Sadath, Executive Director of the IT@School Project and ViCTERS educational channel. “For well over a decade, Anand Parthasarathy has enjoyed a vast following, while helping lay Indians make sense of IT, through his popular columns in The Hindu group of newspaper and latterly through his web portal www.IndiaTechOnline.com . We are thrilled that we are joining him in reaching an even wider audience through converging media of television and the Web. We are confident that his warm and personal style of information sharing will appeal not just to students but to their parents and friends – indeed to ‘the rest of us’ non IT professionals”, adds Sadath.
Says Anand Parthasarathy: “It has been an exciting journey –-- and a humbling experience -- sharing my personal excitement about Information Technology with readers through the print and more recently, the online media. So much of the cutting-edge innovation in IT comes from Indians, both at home and working abroad, with leading global companies and institutions – and I have been privileged to help tell the --often untold -- story of India’s contribution in the field of computers and communication. “IT for All” will, I hope be exactly what its name says: a programme that helps all of us understand the latest trends and buzzwords, while enabling us to harness those technologies and tools that might help to improve our quality of life. I applaud the initiative of the Kerala government – and its innovative IT@School programme in making this programmes a reality”.
Early episodes of ‘IT for all’ will address topics like Cloud Computing, Touch computing and Tablet PCs; harnessing social networks for pleasure and profit; digital publishing and e-books. ViCTERS is now available in national beam;the channel can be tuned from anywhere in the country at the following frequencies- Satellite - INSAT 4CR, Position 74 Deg East, Azimuth- 190 Degrees, Frequency - 11667 MHz, Polarisation – Vertical, Symbol rate - 3000 KSPS, Band - KU
ViCTERS (Virtual Classroom Technology on Edusat for Rural Schools) the complete educational channel of Government of Kerala telecast specific curriculum based programmes, regional, national and international programmes on education especially on Science and Technology prepared by institutions like Deutsche Welle (German broadcaster) and BBC and even air Classic Indian Films produced by NFDC etc. The channel which was available to students and public through Receive Only Terminals initially was made available through almost all local cable and DTH networks and the popularity of the channel is always on the rise. This New Year day witnessed the rise of the channel to newer heights as it was made available “Live” in internet at www.victers.itschool.gov.in , enabling the students, teachers and general public to watch the channel ‘LIVE’ through internet from any part of the world. Using this facility the entire programmes telecast in the channel from 6am to 11pm could be viewed.
Jan 12 2011