Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students will produce one-hour fortnightly programme in Urdu for All India Radio, as part of the national broadcaster's plans to strengthen its language services. The external services division (EDS) of All India Radio (AIR) and the AMU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard today. The MoU is part of the overall exercise of the external services division to revamp its technology and content, an official release said. "The Aligarh Muslim University shall be allocated a one- hour broadcast slot on the Urdu service, programmes for which shall be produced by the students of the Mass Communication department of AMU," it added. The broadcast will comprise drama, music, lectures, talks, interviews and sports programmes. The AIR will also provide internship to the students of Mass Communications department of the institutions on various aspects of broadcast journalism. On the other hand, the AMU will help improve language skills-- particularly in Arabic, Persian, Pushto, Dari and Urdu-- of the professionals working with the ESD. The ESD will also ink similar MoUs with other major universities to strengthen its different Indian and foreign language broadcast, the release said.
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