Thursday, November 25, 2010

Radio for Development

Community radio for long has been used for socio-economic development in the tribal and hilly remote areas around the world. It has helped spearhead the movement against illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, disease, etc. engaging the people in becoming a part of the change for their betterment.
The Government of India is keen to promote community radio in the country, yet there are not many takers. Though largely the educational institutions have come forward to avail the opportunity, NGOs have not so far moved applications in large number.
As of August 2010, 748 applications were received out of which 250 were given the letters of intent (LOI), while Grant of Permission of Agreement was signed for 110 institutions.  84 community radio stations have already become operational.

In Chandigarh, Sarvsiksha Mission Sector 32; ITFT; Vivek High School; School of Communication, Panjab University; Chitkara Institute, have received the Letter of Intent, out of which Panjab University's School of Communication and Vivek High School have already started operations.
Fortunately with the amended guidelines of the MIB, the community radio can sustain the station's activities through limited advertising though it cannot have sponsored programmes except of the Central and State Governments.

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