01.04.2019 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

Community Radio in India

Co-authored by Dr Sreedher Ramamurthy and Ms Pooja O Murada, published by Akaar Books and supported by UNESCO New Delhi, a prototype publication; ‘Community Radio in India’ was launched on 28 March 2019 at the UNESCO House, in the presence of Mr K G Suresh, Director-General, Indian Institute of Mass Communication IIIMC).

The event was attended by over 120 participants, including academic experts, people working at the grassroot level and other communication and information stakeholders. 

The Welcome Address was given by Al-Amin Yusuph, Advisor (Communication and Information) UNESCO New Delhi.  In his remarks Mr Yusuph, while highlighting the importance and relevance of Community Radio in present times, said, “The Spirit of Volunteerism is the spirit of Community Radio”.  

Mr K G Suresh in his address spoke about various initiatives of IIMC and hoped that the publication would become a reference point, not only for people involved in Community Radio, but also the policy makers.
Community Radio in India shares a valuable experience from academic, expert, and grassroots organizations to provide a roadmap for those planning to start or improve community radio (CR) station. The research and the methodologies described in the text book can be adapted by Community Radios to better understand their community and measure the reach and impact of a program scientifically –a critical component for donors and others committed to engaging the disengaged.  During the launch of the prototype, stakeholders were invited to review the prototype publication before the final release which will be printed using open license.    
Community Radio has a special place in UNESCO’s programs. The aim of UNESCO’s community radio program is to address crucial social cultural and economic issues at a community level and catalyze democratic processes and development efforts in an inclusive and participatory manner.

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