SATCOM NETWORK is a satellite communication network service consisting of a subsidary
network of various educational institutions, government departments, voluntary agencies
etc .to facilitate easier and faster distant interaction in the developmental and
educational activities of the state.
Under the Training and Development Communication channel and Edusat programme of
ISRO, Government of India, the Government of Gujarat initiated the telecasting of
the educational, skill development, training and awareness programmes through TV
broadcasting. Over the last decade, this programme has emerged very popular as well
as very useful to various departments of Gujarat Government. Over 50,000 receiving
class rooms equipped with Ku band receivers have been established by different stake
holders in the Gujarat State. Annually, about 3700 hours of live programmes are
telecast on these channels.
It is a permanent satellite uplink/Downlink facility located at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
It is built for the purpose of maintaining high quality communications with Geo-stationary
satellites. A teleport consists of a number of facilities for Audio- Video data
transmission and reception via a satellite connection.
Educational: Primary, Secondary, Higher Secondary, Higher Education, Technical,
Medical Organized by: Gujarat Council on Education Research and Training (GCERT),
Tribal Development Dept., Gujarat State Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB),
Gujarat Council of Science and Technology (GUJCOST), Commissionerate of Schools,
Commissionerate of Higher Education, Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Gujarat
Informatics Ltd. (GIL), Health Department Training organized by: GCERT, Sarva Shiksha
Abhiyaan (SSA), GSHSEB, Sardar Patel Institute for Public Administration (SPIPA),
Tribal Development Dept., Health Department, Society for Creation of Opportunity
for Proficiency in English (SCOPE), Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Water and
Sanitation Management and Organization (WASMO), Water and Land Management Institute
(WALMI), Animal Husbandry Department, Rural Development Department, Development
Commissioner, Agriculture Department, Civil Supplies Department, Gujarat Vidhyapith,
Women and Child Development Department
Satellite Data Information System is a menu driven user-friendly software to automatically
create a database of all relevant information about satellite data and access information
for any geographical location within India.
Growth in SATCOM Utilization :
The utilization of SATCOM Network has increased by more than 35% every year. During
this period, the demand has also increased manifold. Accordingly, the augmentation
of Ku band digital uplink, and a number of studios have been increased from three
to nine. An 11 m antenna capable of telecasting large number of channels in Ku band
has been installed. Up-linking of additional ten channels is in final stage. Bandwidth
for two channels is provided by ISRO free of charge and for other channels, the
same shall be procured under “Edusat” programme.
It has now been envisaged to create a “virtual education and skill development system”
through satellite communication on DTH (by adding about 10 Ku band TV broadcast
channels every year). This shall require procurement of extra satellite bandwidth,
Ku band digital uplink upgradation, augmentation of studios, and establishment of
content generation facility (to support resource persons), maintenance, publicity
and up-keeping of the total system. The Utilization of SATCOM facility by various
Departments of Gujarat Government has increased tremendously. During 2001-09 it
was only 1103 hours. It has increased to 4494 hour during 2013-14. Various programmes
related to HEALTH, HIGHER EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, CANCER have been telecast.