Interactive Socio-Technical Practicum

Technical Feasibility of a IIT Mandi Community Radio Station

Students: Manish Ladla, Mohit Kumar, Kapil Kumar Dhaker, Bijon Paul, Bhavesh Silawat ;
Mentors: Dr. Arnav Bhavsar, Dr. Bhavendar Paul

A student-run, IIT Mandi owned, Low Power transmission FM (LPFM) radio station could potentially be an effective tool to help the rural communities around Kamand work towards sustainable development. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is supportive of community radio stations. Data show that 148 community radio stations, a majority operated by educational institutions, are in operation.

A community radio station can not only be a source of information needed by the community, it can also be a tool for entertainment. Since setting up and operating such a radio requires technical and management skills, IIT Mandi students are well positioned to take on such a responsibility.

As a first step towards an IIT Mandi community radio station, a technical feasibility project is proposed for the Year 2014. Under this first step, a team of students would seek to establish and make operational a limited content, web-based virtual radio station in 2014. In addition, the team would investigate in 2014, the costs and regulatory steps required to set-up and operate a real LPFM radio station, as well as potential sources from which funding could be sought.District Recent evidence from the developing world shows presence of widespread misconceptions among people in their understanding of climate change. For example, people tend to see no difference between basic concepts like weather and climate, ozone hole and CO2 accumulation etc. Research has showcased that a strong reason for people's current wait-and-see policies on climate change are linked to these misconceptions. In this project, students will visit 2-3 townships in the Mandi district and, using the survey methodology, evaluate the prevalence of existing misconceptions on climate change. Also, based upon the findings, students will devise simple interventions that educate people and help reduce their misconceptions.