Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), which is part of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), is an inter-governmental organisation. It has a wide range of interests in educational technology. CEMCA has been in the forefront of the Community Radio Movement in India for the past 15 years. A lack of knowledge of Community Radio, its ideology, structure, licensing procedures, broadcast codes, formats of broadcasting, sustainability, etc. are some of the shortcomings in the sector. To fill the gap, there is a need to spread awareness and provide information through some courses on the subject. Against this background, CEMCA, along with two educational institutions, is starting a certificate course in Community Radio.

CEMCA, with its stress on Technology and Open & Distance Learning, is proud to announce the launch of two certificate courses in Hindi and Tamil for practitioners of Community Radio as well as students of Journalism and Mass Communication, and also interested community members. The course contents in Audio and PPT format are designed and developed in collaboration with Apeejay Stya University, Gurugram, for Hindi, and the Sri Sankara College of Arts and Science, Kancheepuram, for Tamil. Both institutions will offer the courses online and award certificates to the registered students on completion of the course.

Course Description

The radio-enabled learning certificate course on Community Radio in India provides information on the basic as well as advanced steps in Community Radio. The course gives the historical background of radio, the application process of community radio, the policy and governance of radio, the community radio set-up process, the program formats, community engagement, sustainability aspects, best practices and more.

The course talks about the topics in an interesting audio format, which is conversational, simple to understand, and with musical rendition of topics and audio evaluations at the end of each chapter.

The 'Community Radio in India' course is accessible, simple and interactive. Though it is meant for anybody who is interested in the subject, but students will get two credits on completing the course.

The course is in Creative Commons so it can be easily replicated in other languages.

Course Objectives

  1. A detailed study on Community Radio.
  2. Provide content in a simple accessible audio format for one and all, from a community person at the grassroots level to a university student.
  3. Certified program with two credit points.
  4. Available in creative commons and can be easily replicated in other languages for maximum reach and effect.
  5. Ready-made audio material for use by all Radio stations, particularly Community Radio.
  6. Certificates to be offered by UGC recognised institutions.

Course Details

The Radio Enabled Course includes the following Modules:

Module 1: History of Radio View Details
Module 2: Governance at Community Radio View Details
Module 3: Research – Baseline and End-Line Studies View Details
Module 4: How to set up Community Radio View Details
Module 5: Radio Formats View Details
Module 6: Sustainability View Details
Module 7: Community Radio in Different Regions - Samples View Details
Module 8: Way Forward View Details

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This course is open to all, but will be of most benefit to practitioners of Community Radio, educational media as well as students of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Institutions and Course Contents

The Hindi version is being offered by Apeejay Stya University, Gurugram, through its Styavani on!/aod/satyavani portal.

The course materials are available under Creative Commons license (CC-BY-SA) and any radio station in the country is free to pick up the programmes and broadcast them to their audience.

Credits and Duration

The course was designed and developed as a two-credit course, which will take eight weeks (two months) to complete. The courses are offered with teaching through the audio medium with print playing a supplementary role. At the end of the course, registered participants will be required to take an exam through audio files sent via email. Evaluation certificates will be issued by the two UGC-recognised institutions.

Course Design and Development

  • Dr. R Sreedher, former Director CEMCA, New Delhi, launched the first community radio in India
  • Dr. Manas Ranjan Panigrahi, Programme Officer Education, CEMCA, New Delhi

Basic Content Materials

  • Dr. R Sreedher, Professor Emeritus, Apeejay Stya University
  • Ms. Pooja O. Murada, Alfaz-e-Mewat Community Radio Station - S M Sehgal Foundation


  • Prof. Madhu Parhar, Director, CEMCA, New Delhi
  • Dr. S.K. Salwan, Vice Chancellor, Apeejay Stya University, Sohna-Palwal Road, Sohna
  • Dr K.R. Venkatesan, Principal, Sri Sankara College of Arts and Science (SSCAS), Kancheepuram

Course Coordinators

For Course in Hindi: Prof. Sanjay Ahirwal, Dean, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Apeejay Stya University, Sohna-Palwal Road, Sohna. (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Ph: +91 9811157752)

Ms. Aakanksha Sharma, Asst. Prof. SJMC, ASU, Email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Ph: +91-9319534438

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