Realising the potential of community radio in empowering villagers and creating positive vibes on college campuses, IGNOU on Monday announced plans to start a certificate programme in ‘community radio’ from January next year.
The programme would be launched in partnership with Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), said university Vice Chancellor VN Rajasekharan Pillai. He said 150 scholarships will be awarded to students with the launch of the course, open to plus-two pass-outs as well as individuals and community workers engaged in raising socio-economic profile of the marginalised.
The vice-chancellor hoped the course would not only generate quality hands to operate such station but also provide a good number of them to bodies setting up community radios. A shortage of quality hands has posed a big problem in its the growth and expected reach of such stations.
Community radio, which uses the FM transmission mode of low range reach, has evolved as a powerful medium of communication, especially in the countryside ever since the government came out with a policy on it in 2002. It has played a pivotal role in cyclone and flood prone areas, saving hundreds of lives through early warning.