Hughes Communications, a leading provider of satellite-based communications services, recently received a contract worth $4.5 million to provide comprehensive educational content using INSAT-4CR satellite network to all educational institutions in Punjab, India.
Under the contract, Hughes’ satellite-based network will connect around 2,950 schools and broadcast educational content and lectures, either live or pre-recorded from Mohali-based studios and broadcast it across Punjab.
“The EDUSAT project initiated by the Punjab Government will prove an asset in providing teaching and imparting a quality education at the school level,” director general of school education, secretary and project director for the EDUSAT Project Kahan Singh Pannu said in a statement. “The state government plans to provide that necessary facilities and infrastructure that is required and which will enable the faculty to give their best to the students. This will supplement curriculum-based teaching training, provide greater community participation, increase access, strengthen education efforts and provide access to new technologies.”
Expressing his gratitude for the new contract, Hughes India Vice President Shivaji Chatterjee noted, “We are proud that the Punjab Government has chosen Hughes for this project. India holds a strong position in the knowledge economy today, in large part due to its major investment in education over the years. In this program, we’ll leverage best-of-breed technology and project management practices to ensure the most rapid and economical solution to help close the digital divide across the state.”
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