Interactive Socio-Technical Practicum

IIT Mandi Community Radio

Students: Jaydeep Gondaliya, Neha Gupta, Aditya Chauhan, M. R. Srinath, Shruti Pal.
Mentors: Dr. Bhavender Paul, Dr. Arnav Bhavsar

Visit: IIT Mandi Radio Website
Community Radio in India, as a campaign started in 1990’s. It’s a great medium to bridge gap between various communities and their sub-classes. IIT Mandi Community Radio intends to work towards the same objective. It is also one of the low-cost and effective way of transmitting information to the community, which includes nearby Kamand region apart from the very diverse IIT Mandi campus community. This is a very simple yet a powerful initiative which will expand into terrestrial radio at the final stage.

Project Outcomes

The fully operational web-based radio is set up in PC lab using GRINS software (Figure 6) which includes following functionalities:

  • Live Broadcast: Where the speaker needs to be at a server computer (in PC lab); on-spot programmes will be broadcasted on web
  • Pre-Recorded Broadcast: This requires the audio file (.mp3) which can be uploaded on the software and played for listeners.
  • Scheduling of Programmes: Our Community Radio also allows scheduling of programmes at a required specific time. This feature will ensure that we don’t need a person for whole day to operate it. We can specify the time at which we want to broadcast an audio track.
  • Mobile Calling: A call can be made between the Radio Jockey and a caller (community person asking questions/requesting songs or any guest on call) which will be heard by listeners live. The software has functionality of offline as well as online calling.
  • SMS Facility: Listeners can provide us with their valuable response via SMS also. This facility can be used for feedback purpose or for polling purpose. It can be also used as a channel to make a request from listeners’ end regarding the content of next programme.
  • Tracking number of listeners: The Radio will support the feature of tracking the no. of listeners while broadcasting. This is done by managing the IP address count on the server side.

Please download executive summary, report and poster for more details.