Development and Educational Communication Unit (DECU)
Development and Educational Communication Unit (DECU) is an Unit
of ISRO which directly connects with the common people of India.
The work of DECU spans the following areas:
Communication Ground Systems
DECU has implemented
countrywide Satellite Communication Ground systems for various
societal applications in service of the common man. It promotes
use of space technology in solving real issues faced by the
society and contribute to overall National Development. The
systems implemented by DECU have been benefitting the populace
in rural and remote regions of the country.
Most of India resides in rural areas
while, the Doctors are mostly available in urban areas. ISRO
recognized this and envisaged to fill this gap using Space
Technology. This is a VSAT network operating in Ext-C band. It
connects and brings medical benefits to the underserved patients
in the remote regions by connecting them to various super
specialty hospitals via communication satellites. DECU runs and
maintains this network. DECU is also working very closely with
other Central Ministries like Ministry of Health & Family
Welfare and Ministry of AYUSH and some more users to further
expand this network.
Just like Doctors there is a scarcity of
teachers in the various regions. These VSAT networks have been
in existence since many years and constantly strive to bridge
this gap. Nearly 80 networks are presently existing in the
country with various state bodies/Universities. DECU supports
all the users of these networks.
contributes to other networks related to Village Resource
Centres, Disaster Management, etc.
Programme Production, Transmission & Training
as the name suggests is a bouquet of various media for a variety
of applications and assorted uses. In ISRO, DECU pioneers in
employing multimedia techniques for disseminating education,
information and knowledge to a wide spectrum of audience,
ranging from students to social workers and from doctors to
Highly skilled, qualified
and talented team of Multimedia Professionals of DECU like
producers, writers, programme associates and cameraman, produces
multimedia communication ‘packages’ for various missions, events
and milestone activities of ISRO.
conceiving the idea to completion of the project, the team works
in harmony to give a definite ‘shape’ to the communication
package that normally includes creation of very high quality
video programmes, space science related animations, multimedia
content for Augmented Reality application, video quickies for
exhibitions, various live TV transmissions of ISRO events video
& multimedia content support to the communication various
network like Edusat and Telemedicine, etc.
DECU also imparts multimedia production trainings to other
Government departments and stakeholders of ISRO’s communication
Research & Evaluation
Social science research is an
integral part of different projects and activities of DECU. It
is essential to conduct research at formative, process and
summative stages of all societal applications space-based
projects like Tele-Education, Telemedicine, VRC, Disaster
Management, Fishery Forecast, etc.
Ascertaining the needs, problems and aspirations of the people
is a very important activity which helps in tailoring an
application of Space technology and translating people’s
requirements into technological possibilities and application of
technology for societal development. Continuous feedback from
various stakeholders, regular monitoring of the system and
utilisation study of the network help in mid-term corrections.
Also, as the familiarity of the users increase they will be able
to provide more useful inputs to the technologists, which will
help in corrective measures.
research team not only does need assessment and feedback studies
but actively engages with the populace to evaluate the impact of
the technology deployed for society by ISRO. The information
gathered is fed into system design and necessary changes are
made if so required.
(PPEG - Programme Planning & Evaluation Group, SMTG -
SATCOM & Multimedia Technology Group, MPPG - Multimedia
Programme Production Group)
Contact Us @
Development and Educational Communication
Indian Space Research Organisation
Space Applications Centre (SAC) Campus,
Ambawadi Vistar P.O.,
Ahmedabad - 380015,
Email ID: Webmaster - decuwebmaster[at]sac.isro.gov.in
Phone: +91 - 79 - 2691 3130
Fax: +91 - 79 - 2691