UNESCO has set up the first UNESCO Chair on Community Media at the University of Hyderabad. Vinod Pavarala, Dean, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, will head it.
An agreement to this effect has been signed by the Director-General, UNESCO, and the vice-chancellor of the University of Hyderabad. The Chair being set up at the university for an initial period of four years will serve as a knowledge and resource centre for the study and promotion of community media, including things such as community radio, participatory video, and other citizen-driven initiatives with media and communication technologies. The prestigious Chair comes in recognition of Prof. Pavarala's work in the last decade on community radio. He has also been the founder-president of the Community Radio Forum of India.