JAMMU, Sep 22: Northern Regional campus of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) organized a seminar on the future of language journalism at its campus, here today.
Prominent Hindi writer and poet Dr Agnishekhar was the chief guest on the occasion. He credited Hindi journalism for giving fuel to the freedom struggle of India. He said that the fire started by India’s first Hindi newspaper Udant Martand gave soul and purpose to our struggle against foreign rule.
Calling language as prime carrier of any culture, Dr Agnishekhar said, “In the age of digital revolution, we must make our presence felt by expressing our ideas and emotions in Hindi and other local languages.”
Veteran journalist and president of Press Club of Jammu Ashwani Kumar, while speaking on occasion, shared his experience with respect to rise of Hindi journalism in Jammu & Kashmir. He said young women journalists from Kashmir are showing exceptional talent and acumen in Hindi journalism.
IIMC Jammu Regional Director Prof Rakesh Kumar Goswami said this was the first offline event of the Institute since the onset of COVID pandemic. He said that the IIMC, which is country’s top mass communication institute, has taken the lead in starting language journalism programmes across the country.
“IIMC is conducting journalism courses in Urdu, Malayalam and Marathi at its Delhi, Kottayam and Amravati centres, respectively,” he said, adding that the Jammu centre would soon start the Hindi journalism course. At present, the centre runs English journalism programme.
Later, the chief guest and the guest of honour gave away certificates and cash awards to the winners of dictation competition held on September 14.
The proceedings of the event were conducted by Assistant Professor Sanjeet Khajuria while the vote of thanks was presented by Assistant Professor Dr Anubhav Mathur. Academic-cum-teaching Associate Ravia Gupta gave a poetic presentation at the event.