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National Conference on ICT and Mass Media in agriculture and education for SDG2030 New Delhi, 29th November 2019

About the Conference

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by International Community in September 2015, seek to address issues relating to hunger, poverty alleviation, democratic governance and peace building, climate change and disaster risk, and economic inequality [1]. The SDGs and targets are intertwined. Almost all the SDGs relate to sustainable agriculture. The pathway of linkage is either direct (like in the case of SDG 2 on ending hunger and achieving food insecurity) or indirect like SDG 8 on promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth (which can only be achieved if agricultural growth encompasses marginal and small farmers, women farmers etc.). Many countries of the world have started including these into their national development frameworks, action plans and budgets.

The 2030 Agenda and its enshrined goals, embracing the economic, social, and environmental perspectives of sustainable development provide a historic and promising opportunity for the well being of the world’s future generations and the planet.

Knowledge AgricultureTM is a process which uses technology and tools such as Greenhouse, IOT (Internet of Things), Robotics, AI (Artificial Intelligence), UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) and specialized software for weather modelling, smart zone seeding, fertilizer modelling, Country’s income is directly related to education of its people and ICT penetration. The focus area is education and skill development. The challenge with the informed society is to communicate with people in their own language and impart knowledge and skill to enable them to earn their livelihood and improve their living conditions. Execution of technology assisted knowledge & skill development projects and their sustained monitoring for many years by us showed inspiring changes in rural behavior and willingness of learners to adopt the new technology. In the conference we shall debate on few tools and technology that can be used to attain SDG2030 especially for agriculture and education.

This conference focussed on use of technology such as Cloud, New Media, Internet, Broadcasting including Community Radio for achieving the SDG2030 in long term and accomplishing the mission set by our honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to double the income of farmers by 2022 and skill the youth for generating employment.

The Conference brain stormed to select the right technology to be used by various nations of the world to achieve SDG2030. VIPs such as H.E. Dr. Manoj Nardeo Singh, Secretary General, African-Asian Rural Development Organization, Vice Chancellors from several Universities, Agriculture experts such as Dr. R. P. Singh, Executive Secretary, Indian Agricultural Universities Association, Prof M. Moni, former DG, NIC, Media, and Government officials participated. Ms. Aprajita Srivastava, Executive Director, World Development Foundation delivered Keynote. The lectures are being broadcast live in several countries through AARDO /WDF channel and proceedings being published by Lambert, Germany. H.E. Dr. Manoj Nardeo Singh, Secretary General, AARDO graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Dr. Peter Chen from the Embassy of Taiwan discussed about the steps being taken in Taiwan.

SDG2030: Keynote by Aprajita Srivastava in National Conference

SDG2030: Inaugural address by President and CEO, World Development Foundation, India

National Workshop on Use of IT & New Media in Science Education on 17th and 18th March 2010

World Development Foundation (WDF) organized a National Workshop on "Use of IT & New Media in Science Education" at India international Centre, New Delhi on 17th and 18th March 2010. The workshop was co-sponsored and supported by Media Lab Asia, MCIT, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Mariah Studios, OSBS Pvt. Ltd & Gateway India Enterprises. The inaugural session was addressed by Shri Yogesh Kochhar (Director, Microsoft Corporation), Shri S.N.Goswami (Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Media Lab Asia,), Shri Sandeep Marwah (National Chairman, International Film & Television Research Center), Dr. (Mrs) Malti Goel (Scientist Emeritus- Jawahar Lal Nehru University and former adviser-Department of Science & Technology) & Dr. H.O. Srivastava, President, World Development Foundation.

Dr. H. O. Srivastava President WDF in National Workshop on IT and New Media in Science Education

The workshop was addressed by eminent speakers namely Shri A. K. Bhatnagar, Chief Engineer, Doordarshan, Shri Yogendra Pal, Chief Engineer AIR, Shri R. K. Singh, former Engineer-in-Chief, Doordarshan, Dr. R. Sreedher, Director CEMCA, Shri P.S. Sundaram, CMD Technomedia, Ms. Sarita, WDF, Ms. Sanskriti WDF, Shri Sajan Venyoor, Secretary General, Community Radio Forum, India, Smt. Bandana Mukhopadhyay, Consultant IGNOU, Shri Rishikesh patankar, Sr. Research Scientist Media Lab Asia, Shri Sandeep Bansal, Scientist, Media Lab Asia, Prof. Suresh Verma, MCRC, Jamia Milia, Ms. Soma Ghosh, CMS Lucknow, Ms. Deepti Pant, Shri T.R. Malakar, former Director General AIR, Shri Rajeev Shukla, Director (Policy) AIR, Shri L.S.Bajpai Station Director, AIR(Delhi). It was followed by a panel discussion by Dr. Kamal Kant Dwivedi Head NCSTC and Dr. R. Sreedhar, Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia.

About 80 delegates from all over India including educational institutes, Universities, NGOs, CRS operators attended and various subjects on science education including role of media such as Radio, TV, New Media etc was discussed. The workshop generated large interest and was a great success.

Audience of the workshop

Recommendations and future plan of action

Concluding session of the workshop

Following recommendations emerged from the workshop:

* There is a need for rapid escalation of quality science education in the country.

* Use of ICT is very important for the quality science education to bridge the gap of qualified teachers and infrastructure facilities in the country.

* Workshops, seminars, tutorials should be organized frequently for knowledge dissemination.

* Community Radio Stations can play a vital role in science education.

* Government should think of a single window clearance for licenses for Community Radio Stations.

* Ministry of Agriculture should work as a nodal agency for getting the clearances for CRSs for KVKs. There is need for a certificate to be issued by SAUs for operation of CRSs at KVKs to avoid the objection of ICAR at a later date.

* e-Content is very essential for uniformity of science education in the country.

* World Development Foundation will make efforts to frequently organize workshops, seminars, and tutorials for knowledge dissemination with the help of CSIR, DST, Universities, KVKs, NGOs, institutions.

* A copy of the report shall be sent to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to rapidly allocate the licenses for Community Radio, preferably using a single Window Clearance to widen the use of Community Radio in order to make it work more effectively for science education.

* A request shall also be made to the Ministry of Communication (WPC) for single window clearance for license for Community Radio Stations.

* Main emphasis shall be given in developing the content as it is very essential for science education in the country.

* An effort shall be made to approach different organizations for one skill development along with the digital literacy for the employability of the people. Help from Microsoft shall be sought.

* Prasar Bharati shall be requested to consider allocating channels for science education in the multiple channel technology being adopted by them.

Workshop Presentations

Presentation by Sanskriti and Sarita, WDF
Presentation by Sh. Yogendra Pal, Chief Engineer, All India Radio
Presentation by Sh. A. K. Bhatnagar, Chief Engineer, Doordarshan
Presentation by Dr. (Mrs) Malti Goel, Prof. Emritus JNU & Former Advisor DST-Key Note Speaker
Presentation by Media Lab Asia
Presentation by Sh. Sajan Venniyoor, Secretary General, Community Radio Forum of India
Presentation by Sh. S.K. Verma, Jamia Milia
Presentation by Ms. Deepti Pant, Director
Presentation by Ms. Soma Ghosh, CMS, Lucknow

Glimpses of National Workshop on "Use of IT and New Media in Science Education" at India International centre, New Delhi on March 17 & 18, 2010.

Workshop on Community Radio for SAUs, KVKs, & NGOs: New Delhi on 15th & 16th January, 2009

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A workshop was organized by World Development Foundation on the above theme at NASC Complex, New Delhi on 15th & 16th January, 2009 with the support of Media Lab Asia, Ministry of Communications & IT (MCIT) and Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. The main objective was to discuss the new policy of the Ministry of Agriculture to provide funds for setting up Community Radio Stations for SAUs, KVKs, & NGOs working in the filed of Agriculture under their scheme Support to State Extension Programme for Extension Reforms.

Media Lab Asia & World Development Foundation also approached the State Agriculture Departments, SAUs and KVKs by writing letters, e-mails and making telephone calls.

About 100 delegates from State Agriculture Departments, SAUs & KVKs attended the workshop. The workshop was conducted as per the programme schedule. The highlights of the workshop were as below:

  • Joint Secretary and Officers from Ministry of Agriculture explained the system to be followed for getting funds, through ATMA, by Ministry of Agriculture. The details of eligibility criteria, approval at state level, submitting of proposal etc. were explained.
  • A live demonstration of Community Radio Station including the content to be used was made by World Development Foundation by temporarily establishing a small Community Radio Station. The Hardware, Software content generation and training etc. were explained to the participants.
  • Participants from Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi, namely Dr. R.P. Singh, Ratan, Director Extension and from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore namely Dr. R. Vijayraghavan appreciated the efforts of World Development Foundation in establishing the Community Radio Station for them. Dr. Ratan narrated the success stories and told the effect of Community Radio Station at Rachni on the lives of many villagers in improving their Agricultural produce and also their option for selling the crops. He told the name of individuals as example who have been benefited by CRS at University. Dr. Raghavan from TNAU, Coimbatore had all appreciation for the content team of World Development Foundation who worked day and night for producing the content at Combatore and also explained about various formats, areas and applications. Dr. K.P. Singh from Pant Nagar University also specified the methods for content production.
  • In a special session on Hardware, Sh. R.K. Singh, Chief Engineer, All India Radio, Sh. T.N. Kundra, Chief Engineer, All India Radio, Sh. D.P. Singh, Chief Engineer, Training AIR & Doordarshan, explained the technology of CRS, choice of FM, monitoring technique etc.

  • Participants of the workshop

    The total workshop was made interactive with lively question & answer sessions and finally a panel discussion at the end. A number of questions regarding procedure for getting LOI, Frequency, SACFA etc, status of individual cases, power of the transmitter and content production etc. were raised and answered by experts. Following points emerged as follow up action:

  • More such workshops should be held in various part of the country.
  • Capacity building, programs to be taken up in various part of the country. Mode of funding for this to be examined.
  • In individual cases especially in urban area, additional funds to increase the power of transmitter to 250 watt may be considered by Ministry of Agriculture.
  • License fee and guarantee amount may be allowed to be paid from within the funds provided by Ministry of Agriculture for content generation.
  • Contractual staff for operation may also be paid from the funds provided for content generation.
  • SAUs where CRS have been established by MLA/WDF may be allowed to get the funding for content generation from ATMA.

  • Address by an agriculture expert

    The Workshop was appreciated by the participants and had achieved the objectives of demystifying the licensing, funding, technology issues.

    Ms. N. Suneja, Jt. Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Explaining the ATMA scheme to the participants

    Address by President and CEO WDF

    A Community Radio set up in the workshop for demonstration

    Medal Presentation to Director Extension, Birsa Agriculture University, Ranchi

    Photos of the workshop day one
    Photo of the workshop day two

    Workshop Presentations

    Dr. H. O. Srivastava, President WDF
    Dr. R. P. Singh, Ratan, Director Extension, Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi
    Dr. K. P. Singh, Director Extension, G.B. Pant University, Pantnagar
    Dr. R. Vijayaraghavan, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore
    Sh. T. N. Kundra, Chief Engineer, All India Radio, Directorate
    Sh. D. P. Singh, Chief Engineer, Training, All India Radio and Doordarshan
    Ms. N. Suneja, Jt. Director, Min. of Agriculture

    Workshop on Community Radio for Healthcare, Education & Livelihood generation: New Delhi, 16th & 17th April 2007

    WDF organized a workshop on 16th &17th App. 2007 along with Media Lab Asia, MCIT, GOI on the topic Community Radio for Healthcare, Education & Livelihood generation.The chief guest was Sri. R. ChandraSekhar I.A.S Add. Secretory MCIT, GOI and guest of honor was Sri Kiran Karnik, President NASSCOM. The items discussed are as below:

  • New policy of Govt.
  • Steps to get licenses.
  • Hardware & Software Issues.
  • Demonstration of the system.
  • Use of Community Radio for Healthcare, agriculture, farming & livelihood generation.

  • Key participants

    Workshop panel-2

    Workshop panel-3

    Seminar on Community Radio Station: New Delhi, 10th & 11th January 2007

    WDF organized a two days seminar on the topic Community Radio Station on 10th & 11th January 2007. The main purpose of this seminar was to focus all methodology to get the license, install and use the community radio station to spread education and social awareness among the poor and socially disadvantaged. Sri D. .Pathak , Former director IB and member NSAB, Sri R. Mani Naidu & Sri V. Kurian CMS were present among others. A few details of the delibressions are as under:

  • Present scenario of CRS in India and the world.
  • Regulatory issues and getting license.
  • Issues related to setting up of CRS.
  • Issues related to content development/acquisition.
  • CRS for socially challenged people.

  • There were special sessions to discuss various issues related to setting up of low power FM Radio Stations for Educational Institution/ NGOs. Eminent speakers from industry education and field were drawn. The related equipment were also exhibited.

    Seminar panel-1

    Seminar panel-2

    Seminar panel-2

    Seminar on Broadcasting and IT for Education and Social Development: New Delhi, 25th & 26th March 2004

    WDF organized a two-day seminar on the topic Broadcasting and IT for Education and Social Development on 25th & 26th March 2004. The main purpose of this seminar is to discuss the use of IT and broadcasting for spread of education and helping the poor and disadvantaged people in the country.Prof. Yashpal Scientist Emeritus was the chief guest and B.S.Bhatia Director, Development and Educational Communication Unit, Space Application Center Ahmadabad was the key note speaker. A few topics of the deliberations are given below.

  • Present scenario of broadcast and IT.
  • Future of broadcast technology and IT.
  • Issues related to setting up FM stations for educational institutes.
  • Issues related to use of IT and computers at village level.
  • IT for physical/social challenged people.

  • Seminar panel-1

    Prof. Yashpal delivering the keynote address

    Seminar panel-2


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    Life Time Achievement Awards

    WDF honoured Padma shree H.S. Jolly and Padma Bhushan Jasdev Singh with the Life Time Achievement awards for most significant contribution in the field of broadcasting in the post independence era.

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    Life time achievement award from Presdent WDF Dr. H. O. Srivastava to Padma Shree H. S. Jolly


    It is with great pleasure and deep gratitude that I announce the "Life Time Achievement awards" to two most distinguished broadcasters of post-independence era for their tremendous contribution in shaping the course of broadcasting in this country. The name Padma Shree H. S. Jolly conjures respect and reverence in the minds of many. Padma Shree H.S. Jolly was instrumental in expansion of radio and TV in the country. He is especially remembered for the rapid colour TV expansion in the country by installing 180 TV stations @ of one TV a day, making a world record for which he received the Padma Shree from Govt of India. Sir, there can not be one workshop involving broadcast engineers without admiring your unachievable contribution. you set the path of broadcasting in the country by your untiring effort and great vision. A taskmaster, he executed all the tasks with basic ingredients- consistency and an absolute commitment to excellence. A man of few words and always believing well done is better than well said. Sir, your untiring efforts in the growth and expansion of the broadcasting in this country have touched the hearts of us all and you have shown a path to the future generation. An important signature in the field of sports commentary, a man to whom the entire nation has lent its ears, a man with a magical charm in his voice, Padma Bhushan Jasdev Singh has the unique distinction of doing commentary of Independence Day functions at the Red Fort for 47 years. In addition, he had made the commentaries of Olympic Games (nine times), Asian Games (six times), World Cup Hockey (eight times), a number of cricket matches and over 250 documentaries. Sir, you not only gave a direction to the way the commentary is done, but you created a passion and patriotism in the field of sports. There are numerous follower and appreciator of your style and charm. The size and magnitude of contribution of these two visionaries has created a very meaningful impact on the outcome of the broadcasting, on behalf of the people of Broadcast Fraternity, I thank you. At this occasion, let me quote, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time. The footprints left by you shall be followed by generations to come. World Development Foundation is honoured to bestow upon you the Life Time Achievement awards for most significant contribution in the field of broadcasting in the post independence era.

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    Life time achievement award from Presdent WDF Dr. H. O. Srivastava to Padma Bhushan Jasdeo Singh

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    Life time achievement award" for the Year 2019-2020 was awarded to Prof. Dr. Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, Vice-Chancellor, Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University.

    Dr. Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, receiving the Life Time Achievement award
    Dr. Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, receiving the Life Time Achievement award

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