IGNOU to have its own community radio
The headquarters of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will soon have its own community radio which shall serve listeners under the radius of 8 to 10 kilometers.
It is hoped that the radio can be used to broadcast issues pertaining to rational thinking, gender issues and various other situations that can be brought forward for the community welfare.
The statement was announced during the three-day national seminar, beginning Thursday, on 'Radio and Equitable Education to all' in the convention centre at the IGNOU headquarters, organized by the Distance Education Programme- Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (DEP-SSA), which is an IGNOU-MHRD initiative, in collaboration with UNICEF, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) and Commonwealth of Learning (COL).
Prof. Vijitha Nanayyakara, Vice Chancellor, Sri Lanka Open University, during his speech as a guest of honour, said, "India is far ahead of Sri Lanka in the utilization of radio in education. Sri Lanka is in the process of using radio as new distance learning initiative."
He stated that for equitable education we have to adopt a holistic approach keeping in view the social, cultural and political factors.
"The Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation had started educational programmes for the school curriculum through local TV which has been a great success. Radio is comparatively a more cost-effective medium which can impart education at primary and secondary level," he added.
Prof. Parvin Sinclair, Director, NCERT and former Pro-VC of IGNOU, in her key note address highlighted the importance of education through radio.
According to her, it is important to undertake research in the field of language learning since the local language in India changes from one village to another.
She also brought forward the dissemination of education for the disabled and stated, "We can send some devices to the people with special needs. For example, people with severe problem of osteoporosis, radio can be a wonderful medium since it can be placed near the person. Community radio is another initiative that can be utilized for the welfare of the masses."
Prof. Gopinath Pradhan, VC, IGNOU, while inaugurating the seminar, said, "Radio is one of our important tools to reach the unreached. A rural place that has no infrastructure, electricity or transport system stands connected through the medium of radio."
Prof. C. B. Sharma, Project Director, DEP-SSA, in his welcome speech brought forward the issue whether the use of radio in teacher education need justification and said, "While employing media and technology in education, two things operate- one is the engineering side and the other is the pedagogic side.
"Often the focus shifts to the hardware and technology when information and communication technologies are employed in education. The teacher and content are put to the backburner. The content is important and the teacher needs to be at the centre-stage."
The first day of the seminar addressed various themes like, dealing with special needs children, radio technology in teaching learning, radio programmes in different states, teaching of foreign language through radio, radio and teacher training, etc.