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  • TERI launches first Community Radio Station - Kumaon Vani in Uttarakhand

    11 March 2010

    With the aim to create a common platform for local communities of Supi, TERI has come up with its first Community Radio Station - 'Kumaon Vani', to enable better communication and flow of resources amongst them. The radio station covers a radius of 10 kms reaching out to almost 20 villages around Mukhteshwar. The inauguration witnessed the presence of Ms. Margaret Alva, Hon'ble Governor of Uttarakhand, Mr Abhilaksh Likhi, IAS, Director (BD), MIB among others.

    In the inaugural ceremony, it was deliberated that Community Radio is the most upcoming and appropriate medium of communicating at the grass-root levels. It empowers the people of the community with a sense of ownership and belongingness.

    Ms Margaret Alva, Hon'ble Governor of Uttarakhand, inaugurated the radio station. She has always been very vocal about the development of the region. She expressed her appreciation towards TERI's initiative and said that continued efforts in this direction would certainly benefit the community in terms of its socio-economic upliftment.

    TERI's Kumaon Vani provides the community with access to information & broadcast and also enhances efficiency in grassroots agricultural activities through it's wide coverage. TERI envisioned a means through which the local community is enabled to address its own needs and issues, thereby becoming a successful model of self sustenance and development. For this reason, TERI took upon itself, the task to set up a community radio - 'Kumaon Vani', in Supi village of Uttarakhand.

    Convinced that the key to progress is 'global action with a local focus', Dr R K Pachauri, Director General TERI iterated TERI's constant commitment to disseminate its research resukts to the 'real' beneficiaries or implements at the grassroots. This has facilitated genuine operationalization of sustainability and community development. The Community Radio Station- Kumaon Vani will give the local community a voice to share their experiences and knowledge with each other.

    TERI has been actively involved in taking Supi towards sustainable development. TRISHA (TERI's Research Initiative at Supi for Himalayan Advancement) was established by TERI to function as a resource development centre for the Himalayan region. TERI has developed demonstration sites, rejuvenated neglected farmland, and developed means for efficient and effective utilization of land in the Supi region.

    Kumaon Vani is another step towards TERI's vision for Supi's development. Issues like improper childcare, low awareness on health and hygiene, polluted drinking water, still prevail in the area. Through Kumaon Vani, it would be possible to address all these issues and generate awareness on many other such issues. Talking about such relevant and significant issues would create a general word of mouth and would mobilize the communities to think, discuss and come out with better and achievable solutions to the problems, putting into use their- knowledge and experiences. This can also lead to the dissemination of information to a much wider base thereby taking the community towards development.