Varsity launches community radio

Published: 13th October 2012 01:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th October 2012 01:01 PM   |  A+A-

The Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) University has come up with its own community radio station  - Voice of SOA Community 90.4 - - aimed at benefiting the people in and around the university.

It will be the fifth community radio station in the State and will function under the Information and Broadcast (I&B) Ministry. It will broadcast programmes on all seven days of the week.

“We want to take forward our social commitment and the community radio seemed a good way to do that,” said university registrar BB Pradhan. This is the first community radio station in the State that will function from an university.

The four other community radio stations are Radio Namaskar in Konark, Radio Sanskar in Jagatsinghpur, Radio Muskaan in Phulbani and Radio Kisan in Balipatna.

A community radio station technically functions inside a radius of 20 km. It is very different from the commercial FM stations and is mainly aimed at benefiting the nearby community where it is located.

SOA’s community radio will start broadcasting programmes everyday for nine hours from 9 am  till 6 in the evening. At 6 pm, prayers from all religions will be broadcast.

“The programmes will be based on social issues, education, sports and nation building besides awareness,” informed Pradhan.

An interactive programme will also be broadcast where an expert will answer the questions put forward by community members. Every programme will be tailor-made to suit the requirements of the community.

Political content has been debarred as the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP) did not give approval for that.

The students of the university will also be involved in the programmes broadcast. The project would cost the university around Rs 30 lakh apart from the annual license renewal fee of Rs 91,000.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp