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Regional Sammelan Bhopal 2016
The regional conference brings together operating Community Radio Stations from various states to discuss operational issues and deliberate upon good practices and learn from one another. As of now two Regional Community Radio Sammelans have been organised. On behalf of the ministry, the First Regional Community Radio Sammelan for southern states was oragnised by OneWorld Foundation India at Puducherry in September2014.

Press Release

Dated: 07/02/2016

Bhopal to host Regional Community Radio Sammelan for 13 states on February 8-9

Bhopal: The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has chosen Bhopal for holding the first Regional Community Sammelan for this year. Since 2015, the Ministry has been holding the Regional Community Radio Sammelans  in different parts of the country to bring together numerous CR Stations for discussing common issues.

OneWorld Foundation India, which uses information and communication technologies for furthering social and sustainable development, is organising the Sammelan on behalf of the Ministry. Bhopal-based Radio Azad Hind, a Community Radio Station (CRS) run by NGO Swaraj Sansthan is the local partner for this year's Regional Sammelan. CRS from Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will participate in the Bhopal conference.

Shri Manoj Shrivastava (IAS), Principal Secretary, Department of Culture, Madhya Pradesh, says: "The Community Radio stations are playing an important role in bringing development to the underserved communities. We will be able to add to the development discourse through the Bhopal Regional Community Radio conference."

The theme of this year's Regional Sammelan, 'Local Governance, Inclusive Communities' focuses on issues of governance and community participation. More than 175 representatives from around 90 CRS are expected to share experiences about their work on education, livelihoods, access to justice and decentralised planning. 

Shri Rajesh Prasad Mishra (IAS), Director, Swaraj Sansthan,  says: "Through the Bhopal Regional Community Radio Sammelan, we hope to give a new direction to the community radio movement in the country. This will also bolster the creative abilities of the CR Stations."

One of the major objectives of the regional Sammelan is to acknowledge the work of communities and understand how CRS are empowering communities at the grassroots. Some key objectives of the Regional Sammelan are given below:

  • To bring together operating CRS at one place for sharing and discourse
  • To acknowledge the work of Community Radio producers and community jockeys who continuously strive to empower grassroots communities by providing them access to the  medium of radio
  • To facilitate interaction of CRS with the representatives and officials of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India
  • To provide a platform to the operating CRS to share best practices, innovations and success stories
  • To inspire CRS to works on social, development and educational issues

The Regional Sammelan aims to provide a platform to the operational Community Radio Stations to share their grassroots stories, successes and best practices. The regional conference will provide a platform to the operating CRS and their community representatives to interact with the officials of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and domain experts.

Participants will discuss issues facing the vibrant and the fast-growing Community Radio sector including issues such as ethics and self-regulation. Besides, the conference will also take up issues related to inclusion, bring about development at the grassroots and the sustainability of the sector.

While Shri Manoj Shrivastava is inaugurating the two-day long Regional, Shri Rajesh Prasad Mishra, is delivering  a special address.

The Vice-Chancellor of the Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Prof BK Kuthiala will deliver the valedictory address on 9th February, 2016. The feedback and recommendations of this year's Regional Sammelan will feed into 6th National Community Radio Sammelan to be held in Delhi in March this year.

For more information contact:
Tej Prakash Yadav
OneWorld Foundation India