Monday, May 30, 2005

Gyanvani FM radio channel for Northeast

Press Trust of India
Shillong, May 29, 2005
Stating that technology has been harnessed to overcome nature's challengesin the North-East, Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh on Sundayinaugurated Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)'s 'Gyanvani' FMradio stations for Guwahati and Shillong."In the North-East, apart from many other things, nature has givenchallenges in communication and access. But modern technology has been ableto overcome this," he said inaugurating the FM radio stations - the first ofits kind by IGNOU in the North-East.All the state capitals would soon be connected by 'Gyanvani' FM radiostations in the near future where young people of the region could expressthemselves, the minister said.Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said the students of North-East, althoughvery talented, did not get 'ample opportunities because of inaccessibility.'The FM radio station would provide them the opportunity, he said.Pointing out that highly-educated youth of the region were 'misguided' asinsurgency did not help them to grow, Meghalaya Chief Minister D D Lapangsaid the FM radio would 'divert' them back to the 'right channel.'Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said his government was committed to takehis second highest literate state to the first place beating Kerala in thenext one year. He also urged the Centre to go for a funding pattern in theratio of 90:10 in implementing the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) schemes fromthe present 75:25 ratio.,00080005.htm

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