Sunday, May 10, 2009

Five New community radio stations in Tamil Nadu

Five more community radio centres would be set up in Tamil Nadu soon, said R Sridhar, director of Commonwealth Education Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) here on Thursday.

Sridhar told reporters that 18 out of the 44 community radio centres across the nation were funded by the Department of Science and Te­chnology. Among the stations, 14 undertook science programmes for women and four broadcast programmes of ‘save earth’ concepts, he said. There are six such stations in TN, including two stations in Chennai and Coimbatore, one in Tiruchy and Puducherry.

The Rural People Development Association would establish new stations in Madurai and another one would be established at Nagapattinam. Permission was granted to set up stations Namakkal, Tiruchencode and Kumarapalayam. More than 20 applications have been received from educational institutes and NGOs.

Indira Gandhi Open University has started a six-month certificate course on the operations of community radio stations and Holy Cross College has been identified as the study centre. Training would be given on the organisation of the community radios, announcing and other radio-related activities, he added.