Radio of the community, by the community for the community

Community radio typically serves the interests of a particular community (like peasant community, tribal community, student community etc.) located in a fixed geographical area. Community radio usually broadcasts programmes related to the target population with their own participation. This means ‘community will’ is the key to run any community radio successfully (UNESCO, 2001).

Concept of community
Communities are complex entities. Hence, what constitutes "community" in Community radio is often a contentious and tricky debate which might vary from region to region. Basically community can be defined as a group of people living in a particular area or a group of people having a religion, ethnicity, profession or any other particular characteristic in common.

Aims and Objectives
Keeping in mind the recent growth of community radio stations along the length and breadth of the country, and the eventual failure of most of them, it is our primary aim to have an in-depth understanding of the working of such initiatives and the causes of their declining popularity. For delimiting our area of study we would concentrate our focus on the community radios within the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi. Attempt would be made to extend our results to the whole country and compare the functioning and challenges that community radios are facing. Therefore, the main objectives of our study would include the following:

  1. To trace the history and development of community radio in India and understand its working and the present status.
  2. To develop a proper working module for improved performance of community radio.
  3. To propagate the benefits of community radio to its stakeholders.

Expected outcomes from the project
Here are some possible outcomes which we expect to get from this project:

  • Developing practiced successful module for community radio.
  • Spreading the awareness about the community radio through workshops, training sessions and other suitable methods.
  • Understanding the working and problems of the community radios.


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