MUMBAI: Students of IIT Bombay have launched their own campus web based radio station.
The students were inspired by leading universities like MIT, Harvard and Yale that have their own successful on campus radio stations. Sajid Shariff, the general secretary of cultural affairs, IIT Bombay, says that they intend to provide the students through their LAN based radio station with a platform to voice their opinions, take part in debates and allow them to be more informed. The shows will include campus, city, national and international news, music, reviews of websites, information on books to read, gadgets, movies to watch, places and restaurants to hang out and extra-curricular activities. This is the first time a university in India has taken such an initiative.
As all the online radio content has to be pre-recorded and loaded onto the site there were actually no expenses involved except for buying the mics, laptop mixer, cords and headphones, says Sajid.
Sajid explains the minimal cost stating that there was no need to set up something as elaborate as a studio. The students use a room that goes by the name of Student Activity centre where shows are recorded. They use CDeep which is a technical support facility that takes care of networking and streaming on campus.
The response on campus to the online radio station has been really good so far, he says. Sajid reveals that the Professors and other faculty members are extremely interested in the radio station as they want to address issues and topics with the students through this forum. A lot of students on campus have offered to be RJ's for some of the shows and have also taken an active interest in providing ideas that different shows could be based on.
The primary objective the students have for the radio station is to be able to provide good quality content to the students and be able to maintain that quality throughout. They intend to keep the interest for the campus radio going with updates that students would genuinely be interested in knowing about such as top ten websites, top movies, gadgets and relevant issues both on campus and nationally.
A Steering committee has been set up which regulates and scans content before it is uploaded onto the online radio station. The committee comprises of a few students and teachers.10 people primarily manage the web based radio