Sunday, July 15, 2012

India: Pune University’s own community radio goes global

The University of Pune's (UoP) community radio, Vidyavani, can now be heard across the globe, as it went online from Saturday. The community radio that can be heard on was formally inaugurated by UoP vice chancellor WN Gade. 

In his inaugural speech, Gade, said, "It is a strong medium to reach students and teachers as virtual classroom is becoming the buzzword across the globe. We can use this opportunity to provide quality educational programmes to students and teachers. We have over 650 colleges affiliated to us, besides seven lakh students and 16,000 professors. Now, we can involve all of them to make better programmes."

Registrar Manik Jadhav said, "The radio should be a lighthouse to the society about the educational world." "We wanted to reach the entire city, but since the concept of community radio was to reach a limited people, we decided to go online so that we can reach the entire world," said director of radio, Anand Deshmukh. 

"We faced numerous hurdles while doing so, yet, our determined efforts and full support from the varsity made this dream come true," he added.

The radio was inaugurated in 2005 by the then chancellor SM Krishna. Earlier, programmes were aired only for a few hours in the morning, but now the time period has been extended till 6 pm, he said.

"Its range was seven to eight km covering areas like Aundh, Sangvi, Baner and Pashan. However, now we can reach our sub-centres in Ahmednagar and Nashik. Students and teachers from those centres can upload their programmes on the site. Interestingly, the Centre has decided to reach 4,000 communities in the next five years through community radio," he said. 

(Source : Daily News and Analysis (DNA), India)

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