The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the
Government of Andhra Pradesh have renewed their July-2000
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the application
of satellite based communication.
director, Satellite Communiction Programme, and T V
Parthasarathi, director, Information Technology and
Communication Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh,
signed on the new MOU in Hyderabad on August 25, 2006.
The state chief minister Dr Y S Rajashekara Reddy and
ISRO chairman Dr. G Madhavan Nair were present during
the signing ceremony.
the renewed MOU, Andhra Pradesh will use INSAT capacity
for satellite based communication in the areas of distance
education, telemedicine, agricultural extension, self-help
groups and others. While ISRO provides the transponder
capacity on board its INSAT, as well as technical support,
the Andhra Pradesh Government operates the satellite
communication network for these applications.
after the signing of the original MOU in July 2000,
experimental transmissions began in November 2000 from
ISRO's Master Control Facility at Hassan and subsequently,
in April 2002, a satellite hub station was established
at Dr B R Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad. Following
this, a satellite based "Andhra Pradesh Net"
was set up in March 2003.
present, a full-fledged MANA-TV is operational with
a state-of-the-art studio. MANA-TV has over 2,000 terminals
and has 5 television channels and one data channel catering
to the requirements of educational institutions like
schools and colleges (including engineering). It is
used for both formal and non-formal educational training.
MANA TV is now being upgraded to include more interactive
terminals as part of EDUSAT.
recent years, under the EDUSAT programme, an exclusive
network has been established that connects top fifty
technical institutions/engineering colleges in India
for thr transmitting of lectures by invited US experts.
These lectures are transmitted under a Indo-US cooperation
programme, and are delivered from Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetam,
Coimbatore. Four of these fifty colleges are located
in Andhra Pradesh.
the field of telemedicine, the first pilot project was
started in the state in the year 2000, connecting Apollo
Hospitals at Chennai and Aragonda village as well as
ISRO's hospital at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR,
Sriharikota, in Nellore District. The telemedicine network
will now be extended to eight more hospitals.
Pradesh is also one of the foremost States in the utilisation
of remote sensing technology for management of land
and water resources and disaster management. For example,
remote sensing technology is used for watershed management
in drought prone districts of Adilabad, Ananthapur,
Kurnool, Mahaboobnagar, Nizamabad and Ranga Reddy. Management
plans for major irrigation
projects like Srirama Sagara and Nagarjuna Sagara have
been planned using remote sensing data. More than 35,000
bore wells have been drilled, using remote sensing data,
yielding a success rate that is better than 90 per cent.