Thursday, April 09, 2009

"Puduvai Vaani" is a Community Radio Station from Pondicherry

Recently I have a chance to visit Pondicherry University's community FM "Puduvai Vaani". It is 12 km from the main bus stand. Station have plenty of space. Infrastructure were also unbeatable with All India Radio, Pondicherry. You will see these photos in the following link and agree with me.


Pondicherry University launches community FM Puduvai Vaani 107.8MHz on January 2009. The new Community Radio Service, initiated and implemented by University. The FM reaches a distance of about 12 kms radius. Regular transmission is going on air from Jan 1, 2009. Besides the faculty and students of University, programmes are also presented by the community people. The language of broadcasting primarily includes Tamil and English.

Puduvai Vaani has been started with an aim to make awareness among the people to improve their nature of life style. Puduvai Vaani is the public broadcaster to awaken, inform, enlighten educate and entertain all section of the people including the programme on women empowerment, communal harmony, health and education. It also brings out the hidden talents of the students in and around the University campus. CRS also includes its service on the practical session for the students of Centre for Electronic Media and Mass Communication.

Prof. J.A.K. Tareen, Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University said in his message, "The voice of the community should also be heard and attended to. The "Puduvai Vaani" is a Community Radio Station established by the University with the support of CEMCA, Commonwealth of Learning (COL), New Delhi and provided by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, GOI. It works under FM 107.8 Mhz a frequency which is currently extended to a catchment's area of 20 km radius from the university campus. By linking with other similar stations, the university plans to reach the mass at large for their community development, people's participation, and knowledge and information transformation."

Special programmes in standard format both in Tamil and English are produced by production team. Radio Tutor series and subject related documentaries are aimed at providing Adaptive Learning Methods for the students of primary, secondary and higher education. Rural men and women, children and senior citizens will be given enough opportunities to share their views, experiences and expectations. "Puduvai Vaani" is a good platform for aspiring media professionals to get themselves trained and empowered in New Media.

Programme Schedule

Academic Co-ordination:

Prof .A.Balasubramanian
Director - Culture and Cultural Relations

Mr. A. Muthamil, Centre for Electronic media
Mrs. Radhika Khanna, Centre for Electronic media

Production Team: ( Audio/ Video)

Mr. J.A .Sanjeev Kumar, Producer (A/ V)
Mrs.S.Saleema Rabiyath, Programme Executive (FM - CRS)
Mr. S.Balamurugan, Production Asst. (A/ V)
Mr. K. karthikeyan, Translator - Cum- Announcer (FM- CRS)
Mr. M.Iyyanar - Technician (A/ V)
Mr. G.Govindaraj - Sound Recordist (FM - CRS)
Mr. S.C. Hema Kumar - Studio Asst
Mr. G.Siva Kumar - Studio Operations
Mr. D.Durai Vijayan - Studio Operations
Mr. V.Meenakshi Sundaram - Studio Operations
Mr. M.Umeshan - Studio Operations
Ms. M.Manamathi - Digital Music

For Details Contact:

Sri .S.Loganathan, Registrar
Sri. S. Raghavan, Finance Officer
Dr. J.Sampath, Controller of Examinations (I/c)

Address to contact:

Puduavai Vaani FM 107.8 MHz
First floor, Convention- Cum - Cultural centre, (Opp to PEC),
Pondicherry University,
Puducherry -14.
Tel: 0413 2655997, 2654552