To impart practical knowledge to its students of certificate programme in community radio, IGNOU has entered into an understanding with the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) http://www.cemca. org/ and 10 broadcasters across the country.
The broadcasters are mostly based in the Southern states and in Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orissa. They will impart on-the-job-training to the enrolled students of the certificate programme at their centres and hands-on training to the pass-outs in the initial stage, said an IGNOU spokesperson.
" Half of the course component is thoroughly practical and will be learnt through apprenticeship, " he said.
The broadcasters would, in turn, be financially supported by IGNOU and CEMCA. CEMCA has also announced 150 scholarships for students willing to set up community radios, the spokesperson said.
Importantly, he said, IGNOU's School of Journalism and New Media Studies has also decided to utilise the Gyan Vani facility in selective charts of time-slots to run community radio broadcasting schedule. These efforts are
likely to generate jobs and boost extension services in agriculture, fisheries, floriculture, horticulture, among others. (George Lessard)