The Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) is an international organization established by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, Canada, to promote the meaningful, relevant and appropriate use of ICTs to serve the educational
CEMCA is 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 CR 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.