Parul Sharma

The campus radio has a 30-minute slot for a phone-in show

NEW DELHI: Delhi University is pulling out all stops to disseminate information about the ongoing admission process for its various courses. Along with its helplines and website, the university community radio is also being used to reach out to admission seekers.

The DU 90.4 FM has been directly interacting with students and parents through live phone-in programmes.

The radio has a 30-minute slot for a phone-in show on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. It has also started a one-hour phone-in programme at 10 in the morning on all days barring Sunday.

“We invite the faculty members, the non-teaching staff and senior officials of the University to speak to students and parents and handle their queries,” says Dr. Dinesh Gupta, Reader in the Hindi Department, who handles day-to-day functioning of the community radio.

The students have been inquiring about the admission process, how to apply, whether the common pre-admission form is enough to register the admission seeker at colleges, the best college, the best course, and entrance examinations for different programmes. Parents too have been calling up to obtain information about courses and colleges.

The radio relays different variety programmes related to, among others, health, fitness and sports between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

“We have recorded the Open Day sessions held in different parts of the city and relay the recordings during this three-hour slot. We are giving out as much admission-related information as possible,” adds Dr. Gupta.

However, the DU community radio which has a radius of 10 km is plagued with the problem of overlapping frequency with other private radio stations in town.

“Our biggest problem is that we can’t reach as many people as we would like to. Many people have complained that they can’t tune in to our radio, even within the 10-km radius. Our frequency is always getting overlapped with that of the private radio channels that needs to be corrected,” said a Delhi University official.

“Maybe the Government can change our frequency or allow us to have more powerful transformers,” the official added.