Brochure highlighting the CEMCA certificate programme. The Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) has been associated with the community radio movement in India from its inception. Experience has revealed that while Community Radio Stations (CRS) are able to manage their production and management aspects, there is pressing need for technical guidance and support relating to running or setting-up a CRS and maintaining the basic equipment. The paucity of trained personnel at the local level makes them dependent on “outside experts” even for elementary tasks. Getting trained professionals from metros for trouble shooting is expensive for CRS. CEMCA has developed learning content at the level of a certificate programme for community radio technicians to help prepare a cadre of technical support persons at the local levels. This would, in turn, create new technical and vocational skill-based jobs and enhance the technical sustainability of CRS.

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