For its distance education students, the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) has started an interactive live web-radio from its campus studio in Nasik, Maharashtra. In the presence of Vice Chancellor R Krishnakumar , "Yashwani" ( an interactive live web-radio) was inaugurated by Divisional revenue commissioner Ravindra Jadhav.
This technology has been made available to all the students. This step taken by YCMOU is very unique and useful as well. The brain behind the project is R Shreedhar, the former director of Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA). Sreedhar said that they had previously tried this technology in Maldives which amazingly had a better bandwidth than India but then merely 20 people could interact with the experts due to the cost-constraints. Now in case of YCMOU, the number will be in thousands.
Vice-Chancellor R Krishnkumar in his address said that the web-radio will be accessible live primarily between 12 noon and 1 pm every day. It will be, however available for 24 hours later in the archival format. Students from everywhere in the world can interact with experts of different subjects, hold discussions, hear interviews and listen to lectures. The motivating part is that experts from anywhere will be connected to students from anywhere at a later stage to improve the pool of talent obtainable to the students.
He further said that television is a captive medium which give up the freedom of the viewer whereas radio permits freedom of doing another thing and thereby best use of one's concentration and his/her intellectual capacity. Though the TV is dominating the entertainment industry, radio is very popular among the youth and people in remote places. The educational world has not yet explored the full potential of this efficient medium. Radio need to be use more aggressively.