From the new session, Delhi University (DU) students can watch TV on the campus to know more about the varsity. DU is planning to launch its own TV channel called Delhi University Television Network (DUTN) to connect different colleges and keep the students and faculty informed about its new policies and events. The channel will air informative, educational and entertaining content mostly made and presented by students. ‘‘We have been working on this project for four months and are now in the final phase of talks with several agencies.
We hope to launch DUTN sometime in the next session,’’ said professor A K Bakhshi, director, Institute of Lifelong Learning from where the channel will be aired. ‘
‘There are more than 80 colleges in DU scattered across the city with nearly three lakh students. However, there is no way to connect these colleges. DUTN might be able to solve this problem,’’ Bakhshi added.
According to the content plan, the channel may air university news for a fixed period of time every day. Highlights and news flash may go on throughout the day. ‘‘It will be helpful, specially during events like admissions and placements.
For instance, students can find out which companies are coming for recruitments by watching the channel,’’ Bakhshi said. He said students from various media courses in the university can be roped in to write scripts, develop content and present programmes. Initially, DUTN will be available on internet-based TV in 10 colleges on the north campus. ‘‘We will extend it to other colleges as we get more bandwidth,’’ Bakhshi said.
DU also plans to provide LCD TVs to colleges once DUTN falls in place. ‘‘Many colleges have LCD TV installed in canteens or corridors. They can be used for DUTN later,’’ said Bakhshi. ‘‘Such a network is available in universities in the west. As we do not have any dearth of talent in our university, we can also have a TV channel of our own so that students know what’s happening in other colleges. By this, we aim at creating a borderless university,’’ Bakhshi added.
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