PAKISTAN: Punjab varsity radio station in Muzaffarabad

College mass communication department launched FM station to provide health education for quake survivors

Dawn
Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Lahore --- Punjab University mass communication department is launching an FM radio station in Muzaffarabad on Saturday. Prof Dr Mugheesuddin Shaikh, the department chairman, told a press conference here on Wednesday that the test transmission of the FM 104.6 had successfully been running for the last three weeks.

It would broadcast live and recorded programmes on different issues like health (especially on use of clean water and sanitation), education, child protection, religion and talk shows. The prime function of the FM station was to provide health education to the quake survivors.

The radio channel would initially cover a radius of 30km, he said, adding that the plan of setting up the same in Balakot and Rawalakot was in the offing.

Prof Mughees said the project had been partially supported by Unicef and the WHO. He said Unicef had promised to distribute 5,000 transistors among the residents of Muzaffarabad. He said the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority had initially given a three-month licence to the people operating radio channels there.

He complained that the private companies operating there were creating problems in running the varsity's radio channel.

According to him, a team of 11 students of the department was engaged in the channel project while the department had also prepared replacement teams. The launch of the project did not affect the transmission of the department's FM station, he said.

The senior faculty member said the mass communication department had contributed Rs700,000 to the varsity's fund for the survivors.

PU vice-chancellor Arshad Mahmood inaugurated on Wednesday the extension of the varsity health centre on the New Campus.

He said the education and health sectors ran parallel in the development of the country, as an effective healthcare system could lead to a better educational system.

He said the earthquake had doubled the responsibilities of the doctors who had to help the victims overcome trauma. He appreciated Chief Medical Officer Dr Farasat Ali Syed and his staff for providing quality health services to the university employees and students.

The university, he said, would set up a full-fledged hospital and a constituent medical college in future. Meanwhile, a delegation of the University of Glasgow called on the PU vice-chancellor and discussed faculty and student exchange programmes.

Some 50 students, including 12 female, from the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) University have been given admission to the Punjab University free of cost.

PU registrar Prof Naeem Khan told reporters on Wednesday that hostel facilities were also provided to them on request.

He said the PU had already offered help to the AJK in developing its campus, curricula and faculty. He said the PU was also willing to send its three deputy registrars to look after the administrative affairs of the AJK university.