University radio to go on air today

Cuttack: After lying defunct for more than a year, Ravenshaw Radio, the state’s first campus community radio, will restart its services on Friday. November 15 is also the foundation day of Ravenshaw University.

“We have got all licences required to run the radio service,” said university’s vice-chancellor Prof B C Tripathy.

The radio service, launched in April 2011, went off air in February, 2012, after it was found that it had been in operation without an appropriate licence from the Union communications and information technology ministry.

After authorities came to know about it, they applied for the licence and deposited the fine amount of Rs 2 lakh. The campus radio service was set up at a cost of Rs 30 lakh.

“As the radio service was not operational for a long period, it will take some time to streamline things. From Friday onwards, the radio service will function for two hours and gradually the programmes will be increased,” said in-charge of the radio service Netajee Abhinandan. Programmes ranging from entertainment, news, education, health, sports, university debates, seminars and workshops, will be aired soon.

Varsity officials said a committee has been formed to chalk out detailed programmes. “We will provide a platform to our students, who want to be radio jockeys,” Netajee added.