National Conference on Questioning Community Radio in India: Looking Back to Looking Forward

— A Talk By: Dr. Shahid Rasool, Prof. Vinod Pavarala, Prof. Kanchan Malik & Ashish Chandra Sen

5th, 6th and 7th March, 2017

Department of Media and Communication Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University

Speakers at the conference are Dr. Shahid Rasool, Prof. Vinod Pavarala, Prof. Kanchan Malik, and Mr. Ashish Chandra Sen
Date:  5th, 6th and 7th March 2017
Venue : Conference Room, Department of Media & Communication Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University


Dr. Shahid Rasool

Opening Address by
Dr. Shahid Rasool

Dr. Shahid Rasool is a former US Fulbright Fellow in Communication Technology (1998-99); M.S. from Syracuse University, USA joined as Director CEMCA on June 1st, 2016. He has over 24 years of experience in teaching research, production, and direction of educational films besides development of e-Content. He has produced and directed over 300 films including 123 Educational Television documentaries, and produced and directed 5 National Award winning films. He has also co-ordinated development of around 500 e-content multimedia modules and over 1000 Learning Objects.

He served University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee), and the University of Kashmir in various capacities including the Head of the Department of Mass Communication. He was Director EMMRC, for over 10 years, before joining CEMCA.

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Prof Vinod Pavarala

Keynote Address by
Prof. Vinod Pavarala

Prof. Vinod Pavarala is the chair holder for the UNESCO Chair on Community Media at the University of Hyderabad.  As founder-President of the Community Radio Forum of India, he plays an active role in civil society’s engagements with forging alternative media spaces for the marginalized, mostly rural, communities in India. Prof Pavarala has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) and IIT-Bombay, before joining the University of Hyderabad in 1995. He was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University in 1998-99 and had the honor of being invited by the International Communication Association to speak at a special plenary on communication research and policy at its annual meeting in Boston in May 2011.

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Plenary Address by
Prof. Kanchan K Malik

Prof. Kanchan K Malik has been teaching Communication for nearly 20 years now. She obtained her PhD in Communication from the University of Hyderabad. Her widely-cited, co-authored book with Prof Vinod Pavarala, Other Voices: the Struggle for Community Radio in India published by Sage (2007) documents the civil society endeavours for a third tier of broadcasting in India and freeing of the airwaves. She has worked as a journalist with The Economic Times, New Delhi for two years before settling for a career in academics. She has also worked on the research “Religions, Ethics and Attitudes towards Corruption” as part of the Religions and Development project of the University of Birmingham. She is a Faculty Fellow with the UNESCO Chair on Community Media and Editor of the newsletter – CR News brought out by the Chair in partnership with UNESCO and CEMCA.

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Valedictory Address by  
Mr. Ashish Chandra Sen

An Independent media consultant, Mr Ashish Chandra Sen has been actively associated with C4D for the last 30 years. Formerly, President of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), Asia-Pacific  (AP)Region, he is Adviser to the current  AP  Board. He is also Joint Editor of Community Radio News, a newsletter managed by the UNESCO Chair on Community Media.  He is educated at Elphinstone College, Mumbai University and King’s College, Cambridge University. Mr. Sen started his career as a journalist in Kolkata with the Business Standard, where he subsequently became Assistant Editor. Since the late eighties he has been professionally engaged with media and development organizations, including ActionAid India and VOICES. He has been a part of the Community Radio movement since its inception and is closely involved with its growth in the Asia Pacific region. His efforts to promote community radio in India have facilitated the establishment of some of the countries pioneering community radio stations.

He has also been associated with a number of UNESCO led initiatives to promote community radio. He was part of a five member team commissioned by UNESCO (Paris) to document global good practices in Community Radio and more recently a part of the IPDC initiative to prepare a Feasibility Report on Community Radio in Bhutan. He is currently involved with a UNICEF (Nepal) supported Radio Drama project to build awareness on nutrition, women and child care in disaster vulnerable regions of the country.
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