This Task Group has completed its tasks and is closed ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

KJA Task Group for Educational Technology for Higher Education in Karnataka and EduSat Utilisation Review (TGETEUR)

In the 2nd meeting of KJA held on September 22, 2014, the Aayoga has discussed the request from Higher Education Department (HED) of GOK for the need for improving education quality and outreach through usage of advanced education technologies in the general, technological, medical and agricultural Universities of Karnataka. Karnataka was one of the first few states that established an Edusat network in 2007 – with a hub and connectivity to various colleges/institutions. While the Edusat network has been in operation, HED, GOK has requested for a review of the current Edusat utilisation in state and assess gaps/issues and recommend actions required for increasing usage of satellite communications for education activities in the state. 

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Satellite-based Education need to be extensively utilised for imparting education. There are a wide range of technologies available and there are also operational examples of technology applications for education. While technology can significantly contribute towards efficient and effective education at university level, the importance of teachers/faculty and formal class education systems also must be recognised, in the larger context of the education environment in the state. A technology-drive must not and cannot be the main solution; at same time resistance and nonacceptance to modernisation also cannot become a limiting factor for the future generation of students. While a plethora of technologies that are available, it is important to utilise the most suitable, effective, efficient and progressive technologies that can mesh with the existing educational system in the state. 

KJA has decided that a Task Group of technology and education specialists/experts be constituted to prepare an action plan and bring out a comprehensive and actionable report.  The Task Group is Co-Chaired by Dr. B.N. Suresh and Dr. P. Balakrishna Shetty. 

The main objective of the Task group is to prepare a blue-print for Education Technologies - Action Plan for Karnataka – that will help standardise the use of most appropriate technologies across the state in universities, actions for assimilation/embedding the technologies into the present education system and ultimately enable a scheme-oriented planning input to GOK. The Task Group will submit a draft report in 6 months - after which KJA will approve and submit the policy recommendations to Govenment of Karnataka​.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Click here for the Office Order ​​​

​The Task Group has the following membership:


Dr BN Suresh (Former Member  Space Commission  & Former Director  Indian Institute of Space Technology)-Co- Chair
2Dr. P. Balakrishna Shetty, Member, KJA-Co- Chair
3Prof. M. Aslam, Vice-Chancellor, (IGNOU), Maidan Garhi, New Delhi​​-Member
4Sri. N. Prahlad Rao, Scientific Secretary, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Bengaluru-Member
5Mr. BS Bhatia, Former Director of DECU/ISRO, Ahmedabad-Member
6Dr. K.S.Dasgupt, Director,  Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram-Member
7Sri Nikhil Sinha, Vice-Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh-Member
8Prof. S. Sadagopan, Member, KJA-Member
9Prof Anurag Behar, Vice Chancellor, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru-Member
10Dr H Maheshappa Vice-Chancellor, VTU, Belgaum-Member
11Prof. K. S. Rangappa, Vice Chancellor, Mysore University, Mysuru.-Member
12Dr. Ravindranath K S, Vice Chancellor, RGUHS, Bengaluru-Member
13Dr. H. Shivanna, Vice Chancellor, UAS, Bengaluru-Member
14Commissioner, DCE, GoK-Member
15Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, GoK-Member
16Dr. Mukund Rao, Member Secretary, KJA-Member
17Dr. Nazeer Ahmed, Member, KJA-Member
18Prof. Viraj Kumar, PES University, Bengaluru-Member-Secretary
19Ms. Jayashri, Research Associate, KJA-Convenor​

  ​For further information please contact Member Secretary, KJA at mukund.k.rao@gmail.com​ and/or Member Secretary of the Task Group at viraj.kumar@pes.edu

  Click here for latest updates​​

    News Clippings ​​