Monday, July 30, 2012

India: Patna University to soon have campus radio

PATNA: Patna University (PU) will soon have its own campus radio for the benefit of its scholars. The university has already approached the competent authorities for providing financial and technical support for setting up this radio station.

Giving details of this initiative, PU vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh told TOI here on Sunday the campus radio is not a new concept in the country. Several universities, including Ignou, are already running it very successfully and it is quite popular in some universities. Working on the pattern of community radio, the campus radio will be run by the students, especially those of journalism and mass communication.

Programming may be exclusively by students or may include programmers from the wider community in which the radio station will be based. Sometimes, the campus radio station may be operated for the purpose of training professional radio personnel, and sometimes with the aim of broadcasting educational programming, he said.

The VC said he had already contacted the Canada-based Commonwealth School of Learning officials and talked to the South Asian chief of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), Shreedharan, in this regard. CEMCA has agreed to provide all financial and technical help in setting up the campus radio. The UNDP would also be approached for financial support for this initiative, Singh added.

(Source : The Times of India)

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