India's epoch making first broadband network on EDUSAT for schools VICTERS (Versatile ICT Enabled Resource for Students) was inaugurated by H.E. A P J Abdul Kalam the President of India on 28th July, 2005 in Thiruvananthapuram has revolutionized classroom methodology in the State. Kerala has since demonstrated how EDUSAT could be used to successfully empower teachers. The scheme was mainly intended to meet the demand for an Interactive Satellite based Distance Education system for the country. It strongly reflects India's commitment to use space technology for national development, especially for the development of the population in remote and rural locations. VICTERS offers interactive virtual classrooms that enable the school students as well as the teachers to directly communicate with the subject experts and educationists. It also ensures the dissemination of high quality education to the students and teachers from the original source.
VICTERS has two modes of operation - the interactive mode and non interactive mode. The non-interactive mode of VICTERS is the complete educational channel, first of its kind in the country, which was officially inaugurated by Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala Shri. V.S Achuthananthan on 3rd August 2006. The channel which is telecast for 24X7 , is unique in the sense that it caters to students & teachers on a need based manner, and programs are aired on demand, sensitive to school curriculum and even timetable. The channel reaches out to as many as 15,000 schools and about 50 lakhs children and covers almost entire households in the State.
The Interactive mode of VICTERS is used for video conferencing and other such educational training purposes, which is facilitated through Satellite Interactive Terminals (SITs). The main users of the facility under Thiruvananthapuram Hub are KITE, Directorate of Collegiate Education, Directorate of Technical Education, CDAC, SSA, Directorate of IT Lakshadweep & CIMR.
The Studio complex of VICTERS was inaugurated on 10th February 2009 by Hon. Chairman of ISRO, Padmasree Dr.Madhavan Nair. Hon.Minister for Education, Shri.M.A.Baby presided over the function. The uplinking station and the state of art studio facility are located at the State Project Office premises of KITE at Poojapura, Thiruvananthapuram. The Studio complex is equipped with modern post production units including Edit Suites, Graphic & Animation, Playout station etc. VICTERS is the only complete educational channel of the State which telecast programmes of educational value, general awareness programmes and content on general interest and is fast becoming the most sought channel by students, parents, teachers and general public. VICTERS telecast specific curriculum based programmes, regional, national and international programmes on education especially on Science and Technology. The channel is now available throughout the State through local cable, Receive Only Terminals and also via Live through internet at www.victers.kite.kerala.gov.in, enabling the students, teachers and general public to watch the channel ‘LIVE' through internet from any part of the world.
Technical information of VICTERS educational channel
- Satellite - GSAT 18
- Position - 74 degree East
- Azimuth - 190 degree
- Frequency - 11666 MHz
- Polarisation- Vertical
- Symbol rate- 2000 KSPS
- Band - KU
- Sat Framing - DVB-S2