Reaching out to the community

All set: The Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies in Thiruvalla where a community radio station is coming up.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Leju Kamal

Radhakrishnan Kuttoor

Mar Athanasios College to host community radio station

PATHANAMTHITTA: The first community radio station in Central Travancore will come up in Thiruvalla in the next three months.

Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has already signed a Grant of Permission Agreement for establishing, maintaining and operating the station at Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, (MACFAST).

Abraham Mulamoottil, college Principal and the brain behind the project, told The Hindu that the process of establishing the radio station had already been set in motion and it would be launched during Onam.

He said the college has received the Letter of Intent from the Union Ministry on the basis of recommendations of the inter-ministerial committee and we have made Broadcasting Corporation of India our consultants to set up the radio station on the college campus in a time-bond manner.

“The station will have to take the role of an educator of the masses and we are planning to invite Oscar Award winner Rasul Pookutty for its formal launch,” Fr. Mulamoottil said.

He said the college had introduced several innovative programmes on community awareness, social awareness and leadership training aimed at sensitising the student community about the needs and requirements of society. The college has an active forum — Macfast Service Scheme (MSS) — which organises programmes such as clean and green campus, mosquito source reduction, water harvesting promotion, etc.

Fr. Mulamoottil said the proposed radio station would provide opportunity to the local people to get themselves actively involved in various social and welfare activities.

He said the focus of the proposed station would be on issues relating to regional news updates of socially-relevant issues, women empowerment, health, agriculture, education, health, environment and rural development, besides imparting value education among children and youth.

The college would form a chain of rural radio clubs in the Central Travancore region so as to ensure maximum public participation and involvement in the radio programmes.

The power of transmitter will be 100 watts (Effective Radiated Power) with the antenna erected up to 30 m above ground level. It will have geo coordinates on the college campus (N-09 degree, 22 minutes, 400 seconds; N-76 degree, 35 minutes, 086 seconds).