In respect of technical matters the Director General is assisted by the Engineer-in-Chief and Additional Directors General(E) in the headquarters and the Zones. In addition there is a Planning and Development Unit in the Headquarters in respect of Development Plan Schemes of All India Radio. For Civil Construction activities, the Director General is assisted by the Civil Construction Wing(CCW), which is headed by a Chief Engineer. CCW also caters to the needs of Doordarshan.
Additional Director General (Administration) and a Deputy Director General(Administration & Finance) assists the Director General on matters of administration and finance, while Additional Directors General (Programme) assists DG in administration of Programme personnel. A Director looks after the Engineering Administration of All India Radio.
The security set up comprises of a Deputy Director General (Security), Assistant Director General (Security) and a Deputy Director (Security). They handle matters of the security and safety of AIR installations, transmitters, studios, offices etc. The Security needs of Doordarshan are also looked after by these officers.
AUDIENCE RESEARCH WING
The Director Audience Research heads the Unit of Audience Research in the Directorate. Surveys to gauge listening habits and programme preferences for effective programme planning at various stations of All India Radio are handled by field units under the supervision of the Directorate.
ACTIVITIES OF OTHER OFFICES OF AIR
NEWS SERVICES DIVISION
The News Services Division works round the clock and broadcasts over 647 news bulletins both in the home and in external services. The bulletins are in Indian and Foreign languages. It is headed by Director General News Service. There are 44 regional News Units.
EXTERNAL SERVICES DIVISION
The External Services Division of All India Radio broadcasts in 27 languages – 16 foreign and 11 Indian languages. These services are radiated for an aggregate duration of 72 hours daily and are projected to over 100 countries.
TRANSCRIPTION & PROGRAMME EXCHANGE SERVICE
This service looks after exchange of programmes among the stations, building and maintenance of sound archives and commercial release of prestigious recordings of music maestros.
The functions of the Research Department include Research and Development of equipment required by AIR and Doordarshan, investigation and studies relating to AIR and Doordarshan, development of Prototype models of R&D equipment for limited use field trials in the network of AIR and Doordarshan.
CENTRAL STORE OFFICE
The Central Stores Office located at New Delhi performs functions relating to procurement, stocking and distribution of engineering stores required for the maintenance of technical equipment at All India Radio Stations.
STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE (PROGRAMME)
The Staff Training Institute (Programme) started in 1948. It has two main branches functioning from Kingsway Camp Delhi and Bhubaneshwar. They impart in-service training to Programme Personnel and Administrative Staff, induction course for the newly recruited staff and short duration refreshment courses. It also conducts examinations for administrative staff. In addition, at present five Regional Training Institutes at Hyderabad, Shillong, Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Thiruvananthapuram are working.
STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE (TECHNICAL)
The Staff Training Institute (Technical), part of the Directorate since 1985, now functions at Kingsway Camp, Delhi. The Institute organizes Training Courses for the engineering staff of All India Radio and Doordarshan from the level of Technician to the Superintending Engineer. It also conducts Departmental, Qualifying and Competitive Examinations. There is one Regional Staff Training institute (Technical) at Bhubaneswar.