Education minister launches first educational channel “Lairik” on Jio TV

Imphal: Education minister Dr Thokchom Radheshyam on Thursday launched the first educational channel for Manipur called “Lairik” TV Channel on Jio TV at his office chamber, new secretariat.

He expressed gratitude to R. V. Balasubramaniam Iyer, vice-resident, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited and Jio TV for the support to the department and the state which will benefit both the teachers and students.

He said Jio TV is providing the platform free of cost to Manipur government for running the channel as well as for the subscribers, across the country.

Appreciating the teachers, officers and firms involved in the preparation of the e-content, he added that without the dedication and contributions made by them the channel would not have been launched.

Radheshyam stressed that efforts are on from the department to ensure that the learning teaching process takes place in the state in one way or the other during these uncertain times of pandemic. The digital e-content based website / was launched, e – textbooks, e – contents of study materials and notes prepared by teachers have been uploaded and print out copies for the same are distributed through the ZEOs and officials concerned.

Radio classes are also being carried out through All India Radio, Imphal. He said the education department is for the people especially for the young minds and sought opinion and constructive suggestions.

Highlighting the benefits of hosting the channel on Jio TV, he stated that the channel schedule is managed by department of education. Live programmes (classrooms) can be integrated within the same channel. The same channel can host programs in local languages as well besides English. Jio TV is offering for additional channels to launch class-wise contents.

Through the channel, students can watch the contents easily on a mobile phone instead of depending on a TV unit. (Smart phones or even Jio Phone is capable of showcasing Jio TV). Lairik channel will be visible across India. Out of 700 channels on Jio TV – 64 channels are dedicated to education – hosted by ministry of HRD (Swayam Prabha), ministry of IT (DigiShala), government of Gujarat (Vande Gujarat), Skills Development (Million Lights) and many other similar states. Seven-day catch up feature that allows students to repeatedly watch telecast content any number of times for the next 7 days.

Only the Jio TV app is embedded within the Jio Sim.  The Jio Saavn and Jio Chat have no dependency on Jio Sim and are open to all followers across the world.

During the launch of the “Lairik” Tv Channel, the minister informed that the examination for Higher Secondary Examination, 2020 will be announced on Friday and wished students for success.

On a query about the admission in the eleventh standard in the government higher secondary schools, he said that 15 percent of the seats have been reserved for the students passing out their high school leaving examination from other boards including CBSE board.

Admission is being done through merit basis for time being as there is no other better means that could be adopted. Every possible step is being sought to ensure admission of the students who are still yet to get admitted.

The launching of the channel was attended by commissioner, education (S) T. Ranjit Singh, director, education (S) Th. Kirankumar, additional director, education (S) Hills, Lerte Hmangte Kom, additional director, education (S) Valley, Ch Sachi Devi and the officials concerned of the department.

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