The UNESCO Chair on Community Media at University of Hyderabad (UoH), the only one of its kind in the world, has been granted a second term, until 2019, by UNESCO Headquarters (Paris). The Chair is based in the Department of Communication at UoH and is headed by Prof. Vinod Pavarala.
Its work during the last four years has been directed both at the national as well as international levels towards promotion of community-owned, citizen-controlled media, such as community radio, participatory video, community newspapers, and mobile telephony-based interventions.
The Chair was set up with the objective of enhancing research and knowledge-sharing, policy advocacy, and capacity-building in the field of community media.
The prestigious Chair came in recognition of the extensive work carried out by a team, led by Prof. Pavarala in the field of community radio over the last decade. The Chair team consists of faculty fellows Dr. Kanchan K. Malik and Mr. Vasuki Belavadi and more than half a dozen doctoral research scholars working in diverse areas of research on community media.
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