Community Radio

Community Radio (CR) is said to be a medium by the people, for the people and of the people. It has emerged as a low-cost alternate to the mainstream media in the age of Internet to create opportunity for the marginalized and disadvantaged groups of people in remote parts of the country to participate in the development process. In various parts of the world, CR has played significant role in enabling participation of communities in local governance and decision-making, preserving local languages and cultures, and increasing access to better learning opportunities for the oppressed. The right to express one's thoughts and to communicate freely with others affirms the dignity and worth of each and every member of society, and allows each individual to realize his or her full human potential. As of April 2013, there are 148 operational CR stations, operating under the “Policy Guidelines for setting up Community Radio Stations in India” issued in 2006 by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Since the release of the policy, it is anticipated that India would have 4000-5000 CR stations. Currently there are over 800 applications at various stages of the licensing process. Free speech and freedom of expression are the raison d’être of CR anywhere in the world and they are going well beyond their mandates to do so in India.

CR Video Challenge

The CR Video Challenge (CRVC) is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), New Delhi, to engage the Indian youth in CR and promote understanding and importance of CR as an alternative media for community’s self-expression, learning and development. CEMCA has been working to promote the use of CR in learning for development since 2006. CEMCA has organized over 30 workshops in the past to create awareness about CR, and runs a help-desk entitled “CEMCA Community Radio Facilitation Centre” to support new applicants and serve as a clearing house for information on CR. UNESCO recognizes that the presence of CR is a sign of media pluralism, diversity of content, and the representation of a society’s different groups and interests. CR encourages open dialogue, local transparency and a voice to the voiceless. The UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) has been promoting the use and establishment of low-cost media, including CR stations for the past several years. In 2011, UNESCO established the Community Media Chair at the University of Hyderabad, India, which is the only UNESCO chair covering the CR sector.

World Radio Day Celebration

UNESCO proclaimed February 13 as the World Radio Day in 2011. The best videos will receive awards in a function organised by the Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication (AIMC) on the World Radio Day 2014. AIMC is one of the leading media training institutes in the country, which offers Post Graduate Diplomas in Advertising, PR, Event Management, Broadcast Journalism & Production, and Web Journalism. The Institute has been ranked No 1 in the entire Delhi-NCR region in the category of private institutes by the reputed research agency Cfore and Hindustan Times.

CEMCA - UNESCO Community Radio Video Challenge Poster