The Government has signed an agreement with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) for operating FM stations with educational broadcast at 40 places. The FM stations set up by IGNOU are called ‘Gyan Vani’, and is a radio cooperative devoted exclusively to education and community development.
Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs, said, “Out of these FM stations only 26 are currently operational. In addition, the Government has also agreed on setting up of FM stations for educational broadcasts by IGNOU at 15 more places.”
The interactive participatory educational radio stations are aimed at empowerment of the people, particularly the disadvantaged sections of the society located in the remote and distant areas of the country. The programmes include information relevant to students of pre-primary, primary, secondary and higher secondary education, as well as enrichment programmes to build environmental awareness, women’s empowerment, legal literacy, professional and science education.