GUWAHATI, June 9 - The Department of Communication and Journalism, Gauhati University in association with UNICEF organised a regional consultation on community radio (CR) as an effective tool for C4D at GU today to provide a roadmap for smooth set-up of community radio projects as well as to train interested organisations on community radio programming and people�s participation in CR.
GU Vice Chancellor Dr Mridul Hazarika, who chaired the first technical session, said, �Community radio is a very potent means of conservation of ethnic diversities.�
The inaugural session was also attended by Dr Tushar Rane, UNICEF chief in Assam; R Chandranathan, ADGP (Communication); Madhurima Barua Sen, Secretary Cultural Affairs and Dr Ankuran Dutta, HoD, Communication and Journalism, GU.
Madhurima Barua Sen said in her speech, �The North East 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 CRs have laid the foundation for decentralised participation in everyday issues.
There were altogether 45 participants from about 30 organisations of the north-eastern states.