Irani for early launch of proposed 50 DTH education channels
Unfazed by the educational qualification row, HRD minister Smriti Irani learnt to have favoured early launch of the proposed 50 DTH educational channels, a project initiated during the UPA regime.
Evincing keen interest about the project during a briefing, she is reported to have suggested to the officials to launch by the end of this year these channels which will broadcast educational content live unlike the programmes aired in Gyan Darshan.
The new HRD minister, who assumed charge of the ministry on Tuesday, has been holding a series of meetings with different department heads both at her Shastri Bhawan office and her residence during the last two days to be familiar with the programmes and policies, sources said.
In the midst of her briefing with officials, minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha called on her on Thursday and is reported to have discussed the controversy surrounding the appointment of the vice-chancellor of Gorakhpur University, demanding a fresh look into the issue.
Irani is also believed to have been briefed about the four-year degree programme introduced by Delhi University last year.