Prasar Bharati and Indira Gandhi National Open
University (IGNOU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday to
launch the educational FM radio network—Gyan Vani—in the country. At the
signing ceremony, Prasar Bharati CEO, Anil Baijal called it a win-win
situation for both parties.
In all, 40 stations will be set up over two years. By
the end of this year, at least 12 stations will be operational, officials
said. The cost of setting up each station is around Rs 1 crore. Although the
educational network is seen as a public service, IGNOU is open to the idea
While content will come from IGNOU, Prasar Bharati will
provide the technical infrastructure.
The MoU comes in the midst of a controversy surrounding
the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s response on the cost-cutting
recommendations of the Expenditure Reforms Commission to the finance