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Vinod Pavarala University of Hyderabad, India

Vinod Pavarala is Professor of Communication and Dean, Sarojini Naidu School of Communication, University of Hyderabad. After completing a dual Masters in Communication & Journalism and Sociology, he obtained his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, USA), and the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University. For over five years he has been one of the leading campaigners for a national policy on community radio and has played a significant role in the drafting of the policy approved by the Union Cabinet in late 2006, permitting community-based organizations to start their own radio stations. Pavarala is the author of Interpreting Corruption (Sage, 1996) which looks at the social construction of corruption in India.