10 Feb : The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India has signed a Grant of Permission Agreement for establishing, maintaining and operating a Community Radio Station at Media Technology Centre, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. The Community Radio Station (CRS) is expected to be operational within three months as per the agreement.
The Community radio station being established in IIT, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh will serve the surrounding populace comprising of students, housewives, skilled and unskilled labourers, petty traders and private and government employees as well as retired persons. The Community radio station will disseminate knowledge on health care, agriculture, science and technology in addition to the literacy programmes for children and adult. The station will provide a platform for creative and innovative programme making and run awareness campaigns on social issues. It will also have group discussions on contemporary topics.
The Ministry encourages setting up the Community Radio Station as it promises to provide an opportunity to the local communities to express themselves, share their views and particularly empower the women, youth and the marginalized groups to take part in local self governance and overall socio-economic and cultural development of the area. It will also better inform the society about the developmental initiatives of Government and promote transparency in the implementation of the schemes.