In an endeavour to connect with students and address their problems, a monthly programme called “Prashna Tumche, Uttar Kulagurunche” (Your Questions, the Vice Chancellor’s Answers) , has been started by the Vice-Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University, Dr Nitin Karmalkar, on the university’s internal community radio, Vidyawani.
The first episode of the show was recorded last Friday, and will be aired on November 1 at 3 pm with the repeat at 6 pm. Karmalkar will answer students’ questions about topics ranging from campus interviews, the university’s “earn and learn programme” and campus security to teaching methods in India.
Students from all departments of the university can ask questions on any topic, via ‘phone-ins’, which are recorded. Since the entire episode is pre-recorded, an announcement would be made on the same day through Vidyawani to call a particular number at a specified time and the students would have to ask their question. The V-C would then separately hear the questions and record his answers to each one of them. It is not a live session and there would be no direct interaction. Once both the Q and A are recorded, they would be compiled in one format and aired at a time that would be announced in all departments. The length of the programme would vary, depending on the amount and type of questions asked.
“Students are the centre of any university. That is why I give great importance to resolving any doubts or issues they have. Interacting with them is my priority, that is why I have started this programme. This way, I can understand what problems they face, at least once a month. Solving them becomes easier then,” said Karmalkar.
Vidyawani, broadcast over FM 107.4 MHz, airs student-based content such as campus news, interviews and talk shows.