Units of NSD
To facilitate the news gathering and broadcasting, NSD has various units viz., the Reporting
Unit, Talks and Current Affairs Unit, Reference Unit and the Monitoring Unit. With inputs from
these units, NSD is able to cover diverse new events and happenings to present a comprehensive
view of developments, flagship programmes and new initiatives of the current government like
Swatch Bharat Abhiyan, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Adarsh, etc. NSD is able to give
wide coverage to Prime Minister’s and President’s visits/tours abroad.
Mann Ki Baat
For Mann Ki Baat programme, live webcasting is done on website news on air.nic.in.
Special window and page is created for the purpose. A special window and page is created for
Transcription and Programme Exchange Service
AIR also has a Transcription and Programme Exchange Service which includes units like
Central Archives, Sound Archives, Digital Sound Archives, Digital Library, Radio
Autobiography, Transcription Unit and Refurbishing Unit.
The Transcription Service was started in April, 1954 and entrusted with the main function
of preparing transcription of speeches of all dignitaries with a special reference to the Presidents
and Prime Ministers of India. This unit was also performing the duty of the processing of vinyl
disc labelled “AIR-TS records” for preservation of recordings for future broadcast. The
nomenclature of Service was changed to “Transcription and Programme Exchange Service” from
1959. As the processed records eventually proved to be uneconomical, the processing work had
to be closed down in 1967 and new modes of preservation like analogue magnetic tapes, etc.,
came into use.
The Sound Archives of All India Radio can be called the National Audio Archives of the
nation as it is the treasure house of precious recordings of music and spoken word in different
categories. It is the largest audio library of Indian Music recordings. The library preserves a
separate collection of Mahatma Gandhi’s speeches including his first and the last prayer
speeches recorded on May 11, 1947 at Sodepur Ashram, Calcutta and January 29, 1948 at Birla
House, Delhi respectively. The only broadcast by Gandhiji from AIR Delhi on November 12,
1947 is also preserved. The library contains recordings of all the Presidents and Prime Ministers
of India. Voice recordings of eminent personalities like Rabindra Nath Tagore, Netaji Subhas
Chandra Bose, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Sardar Patel, Sarojini Naidu etc., have also been preserved.
Apart from this, award-winning radio dramas, features, documentaries and memorial lectures are
available in the library.
Digital Sound Archives