Kanpur: The stage is all set for IIT-Kanpur to start its own FM radio station, the first-of-its-kind in any of the IITs in the country.
For the last one year hectic preparations were going on in full swing to start the FM station. On 26 January, some testing was done by airing a programme. The station will finally start its operation on 12 or 13 March.
A two-day workshop has been organised in the institute’s campus starting 12 March where experts from community FM radio station will be present.
The workshop will discuss problems that come up in running the FM station and how to make it more effective.
This will be the first time that an FM radio station would be opened in any of the IITs in the country. The information and broadcasting ministry has already given a green signal to the project.
“The project will be the first of its kind in any of the IITs in the country,” Director of IIT Kanpur Professor Sanjay Govind Dhande said.
He added the station will function emulating the model of America’s National Public Radio(NPR).
The FM station will air programmes relating to science with special emphasis on making the subject more interesting and simpler to students. It will also air cultural programmes.
Land for the FM station has been decided and instruments worth Rs22 lakh have been purchased, he said.
He said the most important feature of this radio station will be the phone-in programme in which students from across the city can put their queries relating to science to the professors of the college.