Staff Reporter

Community radio station of the university gets under way

The studio has been set up at the School of Open Learning on the North Campus

With a 10-km radius, DU 90.4 FM will broadcast community-related programmes

NEW DELHI: Delhi University is now riding the air waves with 90.4 FM.

The brand new community radio station of the University -- DU 90.4 FM -- got under way on Tuesday with a recorded message from Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal being played out at its inauguration.

Covering areas

The studio for the station has been set up at the School of Open Learning on the North Campus covering areas in and around the University.

“The station was located at the School of Open Learning because a large number of students get enrolled with us and they can really benefit from it,” said the Executive Director of the School of Open Learning, Prof. H. C. Pokhriyal.

With a 10-km radius, DU 90.4 FM will broadcast community-related programmes as well as those dealing with students’ issues. The test transmissions for the radio station had started in August.

Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental, who visited the studio on Tuesday, said there were lots of expectations from the new venture.

He said DU 90.4 FM would combine education and information and help in reaching out to people.

“The community radio will help in tapping the talent of the student community. There will be panel discussions and shows on phone-in counselling and classical music. Students from the University will work as radio jockeys. As for students, their problems relating to health, sanitation and environment will be discussed,” said Vijaylakshmi Sinha, former Deputy Director-General of All India Radio, who has been overseeing this project.

The University has provided Rs. 25 lakh for the equipment and other requirements.

Technical and programming support is from the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia.

Initially the radio will be operational from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the morning and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the evening. The duration will later be increased to eight hours.

“Content development is a major challenge for us but we are working on it. In the future, there is a possibility of networking with the South Campus and increasing the power of transmitters,” added Prof. Pokhriyal.

Radio station

Listeners can express their views at dufm90.4@gmail.com. Students interested in sending their CVs for various jobs at the radio station can also write to the same address.

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