UNESCO Chair on Community Media (955), established in 2011 at the University of Hyderabad (India).


Community media.


The specific objectives of this Chair are to:

  • research and document good community media practices in the country, and provide inputs based on research feedback to stakeholders on issues such as community participation, community mobilization practices, financial and social sustainability, appropriate content, participatory monitoring and evaluation;
  • establish an open access repository of media content online, which would provide key information related to licensing, policy, production of content and technology options to  community-based organizations around the country;
  • build capacities of community members to operate media;
  • provide ongoing training on community mobilization, content development, programming, and management of community media outlets in India; and,
  • engage with policy-makers and practitioners to sustain a democratic and citizen-friendly community media landscape in India.

Host Institution

The University of Hyderabad (India)  

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Communication and Information, UNESCO Office in New Delhi

UNESCO Contact: Ms Mirta Lorenço:m.lourenco(at)


Prof. Vinod Pavarala, UNESCO Chairholder

The University of Hyderabad

Dean, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication


Hyderabad- A.P.500046


Phone: +91-40-231-35-500/231-35-501

E-mail: vpsn(at); vpavarala(at)