Campus ki Pathshala: The rise of Delhi University Community Radio

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Delhi University Community Radio (DUCR) is a community radio station broadcasting on 90.4MHz. Located inside the University Stadium at G.C Narang Road in North Campus, it is entirely managed by students from various colleges and departments of University of Delhi.

Established in 2007 by Mr. Kapil Sibal, the main thrust area of DUCR 90.4 is to broadcast student centric and community based programmes on health, general knowledge, stress management and examinations. The most popular programmes include Hulchul DU Ki, Campus ki Pathshala and Indradhanush. DU Bands often get featured on the radio.

Some special programmes were also introduced, for example in 2008; the University started using the station for disseminating information about the admission process, through live phone-in programmes in admission season. In March last year, the whole journey of Gyanodaya Express – An Educational Train Journey of DU was covered by the media team of DUCR.

The broadcast however covers radius of only 10-12 km. But, due to the growing popularity and demand of the listeners, the DUCR is also available at DU intranet and the internet at DUCR’s official website (ducr.du.ac.in).

“DUCR is running completely on the concept of community participation without professionals. We encourage local talents like singers, storytellers, poets as well as others in DU too” Ashish Suman, Administrator and Website Manager at DUCR told us.

“We are not paying a single penny to the students but we are providing a platform so that they can harness and polish their talent by knowing tips and techniques from senior volunteers and from R.K. Singh (Consultant, Former Engineer In Chief, Doordarshan) and Isaac John (Asst. Consultant), who have the great experience of AIR and Doordarshan”, he added.

Volunteers at DUCR come from all corners of DU – North, South and off campus colleges. Students interested in volunteering for the radio can register at the official website of DUCR (ducr.du.ac.in).

A reader, a learner, a falooda enthusiast, the weirdest kid of the lot. Kartikeya is a Business Studies student from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies. You can reach him at [email protected].

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