eNarada, Bengaluru, Friday, March 22, 2019
Finally, it is big news. The popular Gyan Vani(GV), Bengaluru, an educational FM Radio Station resumed its broadcast today on FM 106.4 MHz, after a gap of four and half years.
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has decided to reactivate 13 Gyan Vani stations (including the Bengaluru Gyan Vani); after carrying out the necessary repairs and maintenance works on the aging equipment.
K. Ravi Kanth, Director, Electronic Media Production Centre, IGNOU, New Delhi revived the FM station today by pressing a button of the transmitter at AIR, Bengaluru.
eNarada news portal was the first to report about the abrupt stopping of this popular FM station in October 2014.
After the inauguration, K. Ravi Kanth said, “At the outset, let me appreciate the efforts of E-Narada in highlighting the unfortunate shutdown of one of the finest Educational FM radio stations of Gyan Vani network. I am happy to inform you that our efforts to reactivate the GV station along with All India Radio after carrying out the repairs and maintenance work on the 18-year-old transmitter, ACs, and generator, was successful. The technical trials have begun recently and the station began its transmissions from 8 AM, today.”
The local GV studio at IGNOU Regional Centre (RC), Jayanagar, is to be shifted to a new premise of RC, the GV station will initially relay the programmes broadcast by Gyan Vani National Service from EMPC, IGNOU, New Delhi, from 8 AM to 8 PM. Two Interactive Radio Counselling (IRC) phone-in programmes from different subject disciplines are being broadcast daily from 11 AM to 1 PM for benefit of distance learners, particularly IGNOU students. Listeners could ask questions during these LIVE programs through phone and chat modes.
A. Hanumant, Deputy Director General (Engineering), AIR Bengaluru, S.P. Mythre, Director, Engineering, AIR Bengaluru, G.H. Imrapur, Deputy Regional Director, IGNOU and other officials were present on the occasion.
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 coordination 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 in 2014.