The deserted look at Gyan Vani FM Radio station in the premises of IGNOU, Bangalore Regional Centre at Jayanagar 8th Block. Photo: WWW.ENARADA.COM
ENARADA, Bangalore, October 10, 2014
Knowledge seekers and students are shedding tears silently. All the 37 Gyan Vani educational FM Radio stations have shut down from October 1, owing to negligence by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
Due to lack of co-ordination among Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I & B Ministry), Prasar Bharati and IGNOU, Gyan Vani has received a big blow. Additional Director General of All India Radio, sent a letter on September 12, to Prof. Aslam, Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU stating of closure of IGNOU services citing Non-payment of outstanding dues.
IGNOU, the national open university popularly known as the people’s University, gets grants from Government to promote higher education in India. It’s courses are part time and degrees are recognised all over the world. Since, there is no upper limit ceiling, students from the age group of 20 to 83 years pursue education in IGNOU.
Apart from students of IGNOU, general public had made it a habit to tune in to Gyan Vani for listening to Health tips, Live counselling with Doctors, Inspirational Talks by achievers, Language Improvement lessons and personality development training.
According to sources, listeners to Gyan Vani increased as both, Gyan Darshan I (A satellite based round the clock TV channel, devoted to educational and developmental needs of the society), and Gyan Darshan II (An educational satellite offering distance education through Virtual Class Room mode), went off the air, some time back.
Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC) of IGNOU was producing an interactive educational programs for students and General Public in English, Hindi and local languages and All India Radio was airing it everyday between 6:00am and 11:00am with repeat telecast between 5:00pm and 10:00pm.
Lakhs of loyal listeners are depressed as their favourite FM Radio station is dead for the first time, since its inception in 2001.
G.H.Imrapur, ARD, IGNOU Bangalore Regional Centre said, his centre is getting calls everyday from the regular listeners of Gyan Vani. He was optimistic about Gyan Vani resuming the operations soon.
People from Bangalore city,Kanpur and Visakhapatnam were enjoying the programs by tuning Radio sets to 106.4 Megahertz . Agra, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Cuttack, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jallandhar, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Srinagar, Tirunelveli, Tiruvananthapuram and Varanasi stations were operating in 105.6 Mhz frequency.
Bhopal and Coimbatore stations with 105.0 Mhz, Kolkata with 105.4 Mhz, Shillong with 105.8 Mhz, Allahabad with107.4 Mhz, Panaji with 107.8 Mhz, Tiruchirapali with 104.8 Mhz was a mega hit radio stations among the class audience.
Vishwanath, a resident of Malleshwaram, Bangalore and an ardent listener of FM106.4 was furious as his favourite station has stopped abruptly. Expressing anger, he said “Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels all over the world creating an impression that situation in India is improving. He even interacts with school children to say that his Government is determined to eradicate illiteracy, but silently kills the established form of low cost mass media educational system. Is it because of the name ‘Indira Gandhi’ associated with IGNOU?.There cannot be a bigger tragedy than this.”
Gyan Vani FM Radio operates through several FM stations from various cities in the country. Initially Gyan Vani Allahabad and Gyan Vani Bangalore were launched in November, 2001. Other 35 Gyan Vani stations were launched in phased manner either through a local partner institution or an IGNOU Regional Centre after the transmission infrastructure was commissioned at the local All India Radio Stations.