Gyanvani, an educational FM radio channel with 23 FM stations across the country, has launched its 24th station in Nagpur. Gyanvani has FM stations spread across from Allahabad to Chennai.
The network is slated to expand to a total of 40 stations. Pune and Aurangabad will be the next FM stations, according to an official release from Gyanvani said.
The FM radio operates as media cooperative, with day to day programmes contributed by various ministeries, educational institutions, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and national level institutions like the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), the University Grants Commission (UGC) and open universities.
The Nagpur station is a joint venture of IGNOU, New Delhi and Rashtra Sant Tukdoji Nagpur University.
FM broadcasts over a radius of 70 kms and thus has the capacity to be specific, catering to educational and developmental needs of a locality.
Gyanvani, station director Anil Deshmukh said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between IGNOU and two international broadcast organisations like Radio Australia and Radio Canada.
Broadcasts in English, Hindi and the regional language dialects will be conducted by local resource persons, he said adding that initially the broadcasts will be during evening hours from 6 pm to 9pm.