With the success of SITE in educating people in rural and remote areas, the government of India developed a plan of operation for the utilization of television and other facilities under the INSAT series and with the installation of high power and low power transmitters (HPTs and LPTs) in the country.
The INSAT for education project began in October 1983 with the transmission of educational television programmes for children in the age group 5- 11 years. This coverage was initially meant for clusters of villages in six states: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, which came to be known as the INSAT states.
In 1986 and 1987, the transmission was increased to cover the entire six states and all the Hindi speaking states of the country with the help of INSAT-1B, HPTs and LPTs. At present ETV programmes are telecast in several languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya and Telugu.
These ETV programmes are relayed by all HPTs and LPTs in the six INSAT states and other Hindi speaking states. These programmes reach more than 500 million people of our population.
The UGC countrywide classroom offers enrichment programmes which are not based or restricted to the syllabus. Instead, it seeks to provide new insights, to bring in new findings and to take students on vicarious tours of places and laboratories that are not within their reach.
Inter-relatedness of various disciplines and of development problems are stressed. It attempts to overcome the obsolescence of the syllabus and presents the latest advances in all fields, especially the newly emerging ones.
The programmes include applied science and social science, Indian culture, general knowledge and career guidance. Thus, enrichment programme is meant to link academic education to the real world.