MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has signed a Grant of Permission Agreement for establishing, maintaining and operating a Community Radio Station (CRS) at Tagore Bhawan , Chaudhary Devilal University. The Community Radio Station is expected to be operational within three months as per the agreement.
Chaudhary Devi Lal University was established by the Government of Haryana by an Act of Legislature in the year 2003 and was inaugurated on 5 April, 2003. The University has been running 16 Academic Departments, which offer 21 Career oriented and specialized courses to the students. The proposed CRS would primarily serve the university community residing in and around the University Campus by inculcating more cohesiveness among its members through their active involvement in its programming. The rural community living in the coverage area of the proposed CRS would be another major group to be served by it. 82.6% of the population comes under the radius of this Community Radio Station is rural. Only 5.8% belongs to the urban area.
The Ministry encourages setting up the CRS 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 scheme.