At Gyanvani FM radio station, it the daily morning show is drawing to a close and K.V. Bindu sure knows how to sign off in true radio jockey style before getting back to work as an Ayurveda physician.
At this radio station, one would find doctors, lawyers, teachers, and information technology and business professionals in the role of radio jockeys belting out a daily dose of ‘edutainment.’ The station claims to have an edge over the others with more than 35 experts from various fields working as programme presenters.
Gyanvani Thiruvananthapuram (105.6) is the 37th FM radio station of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) which was started in 2010. It is primarily intended to impart ‘media-guided learning’ and create social awareness among the youth.
The programmes include interactive shows on science, management, literature, and health, says Pradeep Prabhakar, a business professional. He hosts ‘Audio Junction,’ a programme on management and science.
“When people pose health-related queries, I can confidently answer them. People are comfortable when they know that I am a medical practitioner,” says Bindu. The programmes are also a platform for presenters to improve their communication skills, she says.
Gyanvani has been enlisting the support of organisations like the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM), the State Institute of Educational Technology (SIET), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority (KSLMA), and State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) to present programmes.
The ‘PSC winner’ programme has been a hit among job aspirants, the presenters say.
Gyanvani has been presenting programmes on current events like Track International Film Festival of Kerala by incorporating film reviews and other related topics.
There is no advertisement revenue for Gyanvani.
A Fixed Point Chart (FPC) (programme schedule) is prepared and sent for approval to the Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC), New Delhi.
Aimed at Youth
“Radio should be viewed as a serious medium as it can be used as an effective tool in education. The programmes aim at educating today’s youth through entertainment,” says A. Prabhakaran, Gyanvani Station Manager.
IGNOU is trying to develop a new studio infrastructure and other facilities on its campus at Killippalam near Thiruvananthapuram.
News Sourced from “The Hindu” dated 21.12.2011