Minister for IT and Industries KT Rama Rao has expressed the State government’s desire to have its own satellite which would telecast content related to education and competitive examinations among others.
According to the Minister, the government broadcasts via two channels using satellite technology from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). “But eventually the goal is to have one satellite of our own in the orbit with the help of ISRO. Using this satellite, we should be able to telecast 10 to 12 channels,” Rama Rao said after launching T-SAT — the satellite TV network operated by Society for Telangana State Network (SoFTNET) under the aegis of the Department of Information Technology, Electronics and Communication — in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
T-SAT Network is the rebranded version of ManaTV, which will telecast programmes on education, livelihood opportunities, health care, agriculture and employment, among other subjects, through its two channels Vidya and Nipuna. The logo, mobile app, brochure and theme song of T-SAT too were launched.
T-SAT, Rama Rao said, stood for Telangana – Skills, Academic and Training, and its motto was to ‘Educate, Enlighten and Empower’. Minister for Agriculture Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said programmes in T-SAT should have a mix of agricultural language with technology. “These programmes will help farmers harvest a good yield and also reduce their debt,” the Minister said, adding that scientists, professors and agriculture extension officers will help disseminate information to farmers using T-SAT.
Minister for Health C. Laxma Reddy said there was a need to create awareness among people over preventive measures that have to be taken in order to avoid diseases. T-SAT, he said, will come in handy for disseminating information on different diseases too.
IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, CEO of SoFTNET R Shailesh Reddy, Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society Secretary RS Praveen Kumar, Director of National Remote Sensing Centre YVN Krishna Murthy, Digital Media Director Dileep Konatham attended the launch.