Holy Cross College is the only college that has a community radio in South Tamilnadu. The installation of HCCCR 90.4 MHz is a milestone in the progress of Holy Cross College towards serving the society (Plate 19). It was inaugurated on 19th December 2006 and was the first Campus Community Radio in South Tamil Nadu. The coverage area over air is 5 – 6 km.
The target groups are women and children especially youth of Tiruchirappalli. The special focus is on under privileged women from the slums. The program is delivered in two repeats for 8 hours. It is funded by the management and two specific projects namely “Science for Women” and “Planet Earth” by DST, Government of India. Four communities at Jeevanagar, Dharmanathapuram, Kalnayakan Street and Kolathamedu are adopted. The beneficiaries are also involved in the program execution. The major objective is to empower them by capacity building that is to give voice to the voiceless.
One of the residents of Jeevanagar, Ms. Geethalakshimi who is educated only up to X standard is trained and now she is appointed as Assistant Station Manager, who produces, executes and broadcasts programmes efficiently.
Holy Cross Campus Community Radio has taken up the Science for Women project of the DST. “Pudhiya Jananam” which started in 2008-09 is specifically targeted at enlightening women in Jeeva Nagar and Dharmanathapuram on subjects like science, health and hygiene. It aims at empowering and improving the quality of life of women through dissemination of scientific knowledge and thereby, the entire community. ‘Pudhiya Jananam’- Science for Women Project was commissioned with 16 lakhs financial assistance and technical support from the Rashtriya Vigyan Evam Prodyogiki Sanchar Parishad, a unit of the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi.