World Development Foundation, India



Dr. H. O. Srivastava, former Addl. Director General & Head of AIR Resources of All India Radio and Doordarshan (Level of Addl. Secretary to the Govt. of India), is the President and CEO of World Development Foundation providing turn key solutions for use of ICT and mass media for removing poverty in India, Asia and Africa. He worked for expansion of broadcast network in India for past 50 years in various capacities. He was involved in policy formulation and implementation of Govt. & private broadcasting in India; both commercial and community (Community Radio Act). He established Indian Education Channel, a number of commercial stations & Community Radio Stations, Agriculture Chanel of Ministry of Agriculture, Govt of India. He worked as Commonwealth and ITU expert in Malaysia. He is adjunct Professor, Consultant to Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) New York, VisasQ Japan, and has received several National and seven International awards and has written six books and about 150 research papers.


Birla Institute of Technology: Pilani, Rajasthan, IN1996 to 1999 | Doctor of Philosophy

Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University Department of Chemistry: Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, IN 1994 to 1996 | Doctor of Philosophy (Chemistry)


Information System, Digital storage, Multimedia Broadcasting and Broadcast application for enrichment of life of poor and marginalized, Expansion of Community Radio and other means of new media for education, Knowledge Agriculture, SDG2030, Education technology


Scopus Publications

Scopus Publications

  • Broadcasting in 2020: A prediction
    H O Srivastava

    Informa UK Limited
    Broadcasting during last hundred years has been the man's companion. It has been a source of information and entertainment. During floods, cyclones, natural disasters, radio has been one of the prime carrier of information. Television has entertained the people as no other media has ever done. The technological revolution in the offing namely digital compression such as MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MHEG, and availability of many alternate forms of media such as fiber to home, satellite, Internet have opened vast opportunities to transform the broadcasting. Under this scenario broadcasting is bound to change a lot by the year 2020. This paper predicts the shape of broadcasting in 2020. The key predictions are death of public broadcasting, emergence of many key players such as network provider, program houses, subscription management agencies etc.

  • Direct-to-home (DTH) radio: Technology and prospects
    H O Srivastava

    Informa UK Limited
    Direct-To-Home (DTH) Radio is the nickname given to Direct Broadcast Satellite Service (DSS) for Radio. The technology provides CD quality broadcasts in the footprint of the satellite. This paper describes the technical detail of DTH Radio service launched by All India Radio and the prospects of the service.

  • Changing face of radio

  • Broadcasting in the new millennium: A prediction
    H O Srivastava

    Informa UK Limited
    The paper is an attempt to predict the Broadcasting in the new millennium keeping in view it's new role, the technological development, convergence, the impact of multimedia, computer, Internet on Radio and TV. The paper predicts that the prospect of digital and new delivery systems does not imply the ‘death of traditional broadcasting’. Broadcast transmissions will, of course, eventually become digital, but analogue services will continue for another 20 years, with “Plain Old Radio” continuing to be the heart of broadcasting. It further suggests that broadcasting will be a part of Global Information Infrastructure (GII) and National Information Infrastructure (NII) and will not exist in isolation. The broadcast organizations have to completely reorganize to be globally competitive and also to cater to its new role.

  • Broadcast technology—past, present and future: A review
    H O Srivastava and R C Jain

    Informa UK Limited
    The broadcast technology is undergoing a phenomenal change in recent times. The advent of digital technology, with possibility of non-linear editing, virtual studios, disk-based storage, signal pro...

  • System architecture for on-line broadcast archives
    H O Srivastava

    Informa UK Limited
    Consumer friendly delivery of multimedia digital services is drawing world attention. Broadcast archives are valuable multimedia resource centres, stocking audio and video materials of interest to a vast population across the globe. There is great potential of using these archival material for on-line access of information in respect of the material and also to some extent direct delivery of the material itself. The present paper describes the system architecture and implementation issues of an On-Line Broadcast Archives Management system (OL-BAMS) which entails all the functions of storage and dissemination taking advantage of emerging technology.

  • Broadcasting to netcasting
    H O Srivastava

    Informa UK Limited
    Audio and video broadcasting using internet have become a reality today with many sites already offering audio / video-on-demand. The present paper reports the result of listening/viewing observations, in India, of several internet broadcasts. It is observed that for modem speeds, technology, as of now, is acceptable for audio broadcasting but barely usable for video broadcasting. The paper also describes the technology behind the netcasting and the emerging scenario.

  • On-line broadcast archives for interactive video
    H.O. Srivastava and R.C. Jain

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    Delivery of user specified interactive multimedia digital services is drawing worldwide attention. With the availability of a greater number of channels as a result of video compression and the receding geographical barriers, content providers are hard pressed to meet the programme requirements. Broadcast archives are valuable multimedia resource centres, stocking audio and video material of interest to a vast population across the globe. There is a great potential for using these archives for on-line interactive access of these material. The paper describes the system architecture and implementation issues of an on-line broadcast archives management system (OLBAMS) which entails various functions of storage and dissemination, taking advantage of emerging digital technology, viz. video servers, OODBMS, CORBA, MPI video, use of Java applets for set-tops, webTV, or computers.

  • Golden jubilee year of independence: Roadmap of broadcasting in India
    H O Srivastava and Harsh Vardhan

    Informa UK Limited
    Broadcasting in India during last fifty years, has seen a tremendous growth in terms of its reach and impact. Starting from six medium wave and twelve short wave transmitters in 1947, it has at present a massive network of 192 programme generating centres, 144 medium wave, 52 short wave and 101 FM transmitters for sound broadcasting. On the TV side, it has 41 programme generating centres, 92 high power and 831 low power transmitters. This paper traces the history of this growth and the future of broadcasting in the country.

  • Broadcasting in the cyberspace
    H.O. Srivastava

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    Cyberspace is opening new possibilities for administering broadcast services. Audio and video broadcasting using the Internet have become a reality. Many sites already offer audio/video on demand, including news, interviews, concerts, documentaries and music. This paper examines the technology for transmission and reception of audio and video through the Internet. The paper further describes the available transport protocols, and a system architecture for audio/video broadcasting through the Cyberspace. The performance expectations and the emerging scenario are also examined.



    Broadcast technology—past, present and future: A review (2022-01-11)
    Broadcasting in 2020: A prediction (2022-01-11)
    Broadcasting in the cyberspace (2022-01-11)
    Broadcasting in the new millennium: A prediction (2022-01-11)
    Broadcasting to netcasting (2022-01-11)
    Changing face of radio (2022-01-11)
    Direct-to-home (DTH) radio: Technology and prospects (2022-01-11)
    Golden jubilee year of independence: Roadmap of broadcasting in India (2022-01-11)
    On-line broadcast archives for interactive video (2022-01-11)
    System architecture for on-line broadcast archives (2022-01-11)


    Supply, Installation and Commissioning of Six Community Radio Stations in Ethiopia, Ministry of Communication and IT, Federal Republic of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)2015-06 to 2015-09|Contract

    Agriculture Knowledge Dissemination System, Bihar Agricultural University (Bhagalpur)2010-06 to 2011-09|Contract

    Research and Innovation of new modes of use of Radio media with ICT for improving the livelihood of poor and underprivileged .Media Lab Asia, Ministry of Communication & IT, Government of India (New Delhi)2007-05 to 2009-10|Grant


    1. MOU with Bihar Agricultural University to implement a state wide Agriculture Knowledge Dissemination System. The scheme consisted of establishing knowledge centers around Bihar, their connectivity through Broadband, development of content and dissemination.
    2. Consultant for all Community Radio Stations to be implemented in the state of Bihar and U.P.(India)
    3. Consultant and technical advisor for Bihar Agricultural University, Bhagalpur, Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa and Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha.


    1. Project: Development of Cost Effective Solution for Community Radio Station and its Deployment for Education & Livelihood Generation in cooperation of MCIT, Govt. of India
    Output: Improving health, education and living standard of poor and marginalized people in five States of India.
    2. Project: Agriculture Knowledge Dissemination System in cooperation of Bihar Govt.
    Output: Poor and marginalized farming communities in State of Bihar had improved agriculture, health and livelihood generation.
    3. Project: Establishment of seven radio stations in cooperation of MCIT, Federal republic of Ethiopia (Africa)
    Output: Improved health and hygiene, education and empowering the people in Ethiopia
    4. Project: Implementing Education Channel in India (Gyanvani and Gyandarshan)
    Output: Improving higher education in India
    5. Project: Implementing Agriculture Chanel (Kisanvani Channel)
    Output: Improving agriculture in India
    6. Project: Proposal for 'Computer Based Class Room and CAI Facilities' for Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, Kuala Lumpur
    Output: Improving education in Asia- Pacific region
    7. Project: Policy formulation of Community Radio Stations (CRSs) in country
    Output: Helping masses, NGOs, SHGs, Universities etc.
    8. Project: Establishing about 25 community radio stations in different parts of India
    Output: Enriching life of poor and backward people in India
    9. Project: Establishment of BECIL/ AIR Resources
    Output: Public / Private company as profit center