Hughes bags Rs 24.6 cr edusat project from Punjab govt
New Delhi, Jan 28 : Hughes Communications India Ltd (HCIL) today announced that it has bagged a contract worth Rs 24.6 crore from the Punjab government to supply and operate a comprehensive, satellite-based network to deliver quality education content to students in educational institutions in the state using the INSAT-4CR satellite
The win marks the largest ever in India for a satellite-based education network by any VSAT service provider, HCIL, a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems (Hughes), the world leader in broadband satellite networks and services, said in a statement
''...the EDUSAT project initiated by the Punjab government will prove an asset in providing teaching and imparting a quality education at the school level. The education officers in all the districts of Punjab are directed to make all the preparations and ask the school heads to inform the students about this course, so that more and more students can benefit from this initiative,'' Kahan Singh Pannu, Director General of school education and secretary and project director for the EDUSAT project, Punjab government, said
Hughes will provision the satellite-based network to connect approximately 2960 schools with educational content and lectures either pre-recorded or set up as live telecasts from studios based in Mohali and broadcast across Punjab, it added
''We are proud that the Punjab Government has chosen Hughes for this very worthy EDUSAT 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,'' Shivaji Chatterjee, vice-president at Hughes India said
HCIL is also implementing strategic projects with other state governments including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andaman, Lakshadweep, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir and Odisha.