Gujarat SATCOM Network
SATCOM NETWORK is a satellite communication network service consisting of a subsidiary 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.