A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Doordarshan and IGNOU regarding the transmission of four Gyan Darshan educational channels.
The Gyan Darshan (GD) bouquet of educational TV channels is an educational media initiative of MHRD in collaboration with the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB), Prasar Bharati, and ISRO with IGNOU as the nodal agency. It consists of four TV channels, namely, GD-I and II (by IGNOU), GD-III Eklava (by IIT, Delhi), GD-IV Vyas (by UGC, CEC).
It was initially launched on 26th January, 2000 as a solitary 24×7 satellite channel under the banner of Doordarshan which provided a transponder on INSAT 2B satellite, free of cost. Gyan Darshan ran successfully till 2nd June 2014 as a must-carry channel for educational programs.
GD was shut down by ISRO to facilitate its migration from INSAT 3C to GSAT-10. IGNOU now needs to apply for a fresh license to start the up-linking of its channels for GSAT-10 satellite. Under the up-linking and down-linking guidelines of the ministry of information and broadcasting, IGNOU is not eligible for the grant of a license.
IGNOU requested Doordarshan to apply for the necessary license and permissions for the Gyan Darshan channels. Through this MoU, Doordarshan has acceded to the request of IGNOU and has agreed to apply for and obtain the necessary license and permissions as are required for the telecast of Gyan Darshan channels from the IGNOU Earth Station, Delhi, to operate in C-band from GSAT-10.