In its quest to increase the reach of the educational telecasts, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) and the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) introduced on January 26, 2000 a satellite channel dedicated to education.
- 'Gyandarshan - 1',
On air round the clock, this channel beams programmes acquired from UGC, National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Central Institute for Educational Technology (CIET) State Institute of Research and Training (SIERT) and IGNOU.
The Gyandarshan-III channel- Aka Eklavya - dedicated to technical education was started on 26 January 2003 in collaboration with the Department of Technical Education of the HRD Ministry and IITs with the IIT, Delhi as the Nodal Institution using the Gyandeep link at IGNOU.
The channel airing programmes originating from different IITs for the benefit of students pursuing studies in Technology and Engineering has marked the beginning of a new era in the spread of Technical Education in the country. The endeavour is to share the knowledge and expertise with all and to bring about a true socialism in the field of Engineering Education, cutting across all barriers.
Selected programmes of DD-Gyandarshan are also telecast on the National Network of DD-1 in the terrestrial mode. For viewers of different groups, DD-1 telecasts educative and informative programmes on various subjects such as agriculture, consumer affairs, health, hygiene and fitness, social values, science, information technology, environment, discipline and superstitions etc. The contents of these programmes also provide entertainment along with information and education.
In an effort to make educational programmes more attractive and commercially viable, Doordarshan has made collaborative arrangement with other Ministries and Government Departments for the production of such programmes in diverse fields.