Monday, February 04, 2013

India: Central University of Rajasthan to start community radio service for nearby villages

JAIPUR: The Central University (CU) of Rajasthan is coming up with a 'community radio service' catering to 60 villages in its first phase with an aim to expand the knowledge base of rural people on wide array of subjects. The service will also provide them skill-based training for employment generation and to stop migration.

The CU has prepared multi-layered shows on health, education, women issues, skill based trainings, animal husbandry, banking, child health, government policies, rainwater harvesting system and promoting local artisans. These shows have been created by experts and students on the basis of feedbacks given by village sarpanchs, gram panchayats and other villagers. The unique feature of the service is that most of the shows will be presented by the villagers themselves.

"Twelve members from different villages have been given special training according to their expertise and knowledge," said Anuradha Mittal, officer in-charge, of the radio service.

A 20-member committee has been constituted for executing these programmes which including eight members from the university and 12 from different villages. The service will cater to villages in a radius of 15 km from the CU (Bandersindri).

(Source :  The Times of India)

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