Community Radio indispensable in conserving ethnic diversity in NE: Dr Mridul Hazarika, VC, GU

: The Department of Communication and Journalism, Gauhati University in association with UNICEF organized a, ‘Regional consultation on Community Radio as an effective tool for C4D’ which is a meet for providing a roadmap for smooth set up of the community radio projects as well as train the interested organizations on community radio programming and people’s participation in CR, at the Conference Hall, New Academic Building, Gauhati University.

Dr Mridul Hazarika, Vice Chancellor, GU who chaired the first technical session stated that, “We are extremely happy to be facilitating this approach as we are aware that community radio is a very potent means of conservation of ethnic diversities as well as work for communication for development in different sectors.”

The inaugural session was also attended by Dr. Tushar Rane, UNICEF Chief of Assam, R Chandranathan, IPS, ADGP (Communication), Govt. of Assam, Madhurima Barua Sen, Secretary, Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Assam, and Dr. Ankuran Dutta, HoD, Communication and Journalism, GU

Madhurima Barua Sen, Secretary, Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Assam stated that, “Northeast has a diverse group of ethnic tribes and communities and it is pertinent for us to discuss their issue sand conserve their cultural variations. CR will surely help in meeting these objectives and we are keen in felicitating such objectives.”

Saifuddin Sabuj, Director, Communication at Rupantar, Dhaka, Bangladesh commented on the 17 community radio stations currently functioning in Bangladesh and stated how these CR’s have laid the foundation of decentralized participation in everyday issues.

Altogether 45 participants from about 30 organisations of the north eastern states who have obtained the LOI or the GOPA from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India for setting up of Community Radio participated in the consultation.

The consultation was also attended Prof H P Sarma, Rector, GU,  Prof. Kandarpa Das, Professor, GU, Venu Arora, Idyosync Media Combine, New Delhi, Bijoy Patro, Community Radio Facilitation Centre at Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India, Khuswinder Singh Bhatia, Manager, BECIL (Govt of India undertaking), Noida, Indrani Goswami, Dy Director, DIPR, Govt. of Assam,  Tapan Dutta, Programme Executive, All India Radio, Guwahati, Mridusmita Borah, ASDMA, Govt. of Assam, Bhaskar Jyoti Bhuyan, Radio Brahmaputra and Bhaskar Jyoti  Acharjya, Radio Luit, GU.