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GREEN TALK: Students selected as “radio presenters” for the Eco Radio Club try their hand at the radio station on Anna University campus .
GREEN TALK: Students selected as “radio presenters” for the Eco Radio Club try their hand at the radio station on Anna University campus .

Liffy Thomas

Episodes to go on air on Anna Community 90.4 MHz, Gyan Vani

Chennai: M. Haripriya looked both amused and tense turning the pages of her long notebook to quickly jot down notes from the speaker’s message. Once M. Sekar, Dean, College of Engineering, Guindy, completed his speech, the 20-year-old got on to the podium to shower grateful words like a seasoned speaker.

It was D-day for Haripriya on Monday as her project to use radio as a means to create awareness of climate change received funding and was launched in the presence of Anu Thampi, Project Manager, International Climate Champions, British Council; B.N. Sankar, Director, Anna University’s Centre for Technology Development and Transfer; and V. Sundareswaran, Head, Department of Media Studies.

The student of the Department of Media Science has been taking up different roles for the last three weeks, ever since it was decided that ‘Eco Waves: Puviyin Kural,’ an environmental radio club from Anna University, will be started.

Eco Radio Club is an initiative of Haripriya, one of the British Council’s ‘International Climate Champions’ from Chennai. She started it as a part of her project work.

Twenty-four students from Anna Gem Science Park Matriculation Higher Secondary School and Sri Sankara Senior Secondary School have been selected to be “radio presenters” for the club.

Helping her conduct the auditions, invite guests and perform other chores is a 10-member team which she calls the ‘Green Crew.’

“These students will be part of workshops and learning activities related to climate change, where they will be taught to produce radio shows. The selected episodes will go on air on Anna Community 90.4 MHz and Gyan Vani. We are also encouraging them to write so that it can be published online,” said Haripriya. She will be carrying out other programmes with the Rs.25,000 fund granted by the Centre for Technology Development and Transfer, Anna University, under the ‘Research Support Scheme for Students’ Innovative Projects.’

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