Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is committed to
the practical applications of space technology to promote
In light of the growing needs of the disadvantaged sections
of the rural society, ISRO worked towards intrduction of
a satellite based communication system dedicated to meet
these requirements. With this background, Jhabua Development
Communication Project (JDCP) was planned and commenced in
1996, for a period of 2 years. This Pilot Project aimed
at broadcasting development/education television programmes
and interactive training programmes to villages of Jhabua
District of MP. It is a collaborative activity of the Development
Educational Communication Unit (DECU) of Space Applications
Centre (SAC); Govt. of Madhya Pradesh; Ministry of Rural
development of the Govt. of India and District Rural Development
Agency (DRDA) of Jhabua District. PROJECT
The major elements of the network configuration for JDCP
Earth Station (AES) of SAC as TV Uplink Station.
TV studio at Ahmedabad acting as a teaching end for live
interactive TV sessions.
Direct Reception Sets (DRS) located in 150 selected locations
in the district of Jhabua.
Nos. of Talkback DRS (TV receive & audio transmit) located
in 12 block Head Quarters of Jhabua District. JDCP
EXPANSION (GRAMSAT) PROJECT On the basis of the success of JDCP
project which functioned for 2 years successfully from 1996
to 1998, ISRO & the Government of Madhya Pradesh planned
for expansion of the project to include villages of Dhar,
Jhabua & Barwani as shown in figure 2. The highlights
of JDCP expansion project are listed below.
DRS were added in the Expansion Phase.
was established at Bhopal (MP) with TV studio facility.
additional talkback terminals were installed.
entire JDCP project functioned very well and it brought
about desired developments in the rural and tribal areas
of Jhabua, Dhar & Barwani.
concluded this project as successful and called it Gramsat
(MP) and planned several projects in other parts of India.
sucessfully implemented the entire project.
INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY (IGNOU)
To provide distance education & training to all colleges
& centres affiliated to IGNOU throughout India 2. Organizations
IGNOU, DECU (SAC) / ISRO
3. a) MCBS has established more than 500 DRS throughout
India for distance learning and education for IGNOU.
b) MCBS has also established Digital Video Broadcast uplink
and DRS network for the following projects:
(i) NEW DELHI - IGNOU under TDCC (Training and Development
(ii) BHOPAL - MP-AA (MP Academy of Administration) GRAMSAT-MP
(iii) GANDHINAGAR - RESECO (Remote Sensing & Communication
(iv) MYSORE - ANSIRD (Abdul Nazir Saab State Institute of
Rural Development) GRAMSAT-MYSORE
(v) ORISSA-ORSAC (Orissa Remote Sensing Application Centre)