CUJ proposes capacity building centre for media, forms planning panel

JAMMU: The Central University of Jammu is in the process of setting up the J&K Media Centre for Capacity Building to train journalists at grassroots level. Vice Chancellor Prof Ashok Aima today constituted a 12-member programme, planning and management committee for this.
The CUJ Vice Chancellor will be the chairman of the committee, and Dr Bachha Babu will be the Course Coordinator. Three ex-officio members of the committee are: Director Information J&K Government, Rahul Pandey; Dr JN Baliya, head, Department of Mass Communication and New Media, CUJ; and Prof Rakesh Goswami, Regional Director, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Jammu. Four senior journalists – former News Director Aaj Tak, Q W Naqvi, former Executive Director Rajya Sabha TV, Rajesh Badal, Executive Editor Daily Excelsior Neeraj Rohmetra, and Himalayan Media Foundation Chairman, Ashwani Kumar – are members of the committee. Three special invitees are: Pradeep Dutta, Senior Editor, Times Now; SP Sharma, Bureau Chief, The Statesman; and Captain (Rtd.) Murti Gupta, Editor, Greater Jammu.
The CUJ has also sent a proposal for this centre to the J&K government for funding.
The media centre is aimed at organizing specially designed hands on training based Short Term Orientation Programmes (STOPs) in media psychology and philosophy of media law & ethics, and socio-economic and political concerns of mass media for all new media entrants in J&K. It will also organize advanced level and more medium oriented for capacity enhancement and continuous knowledge up-gradation and exposure to emerging developments of media industries who involved in media practice.
The CUJ media centre will ensure that every journalist of J&K is exposed to Short Term Orientation Programmes (STOPs) at least twice during his/her career and get certificate issued by Central University of Jammu. The centre will organize specially designed programmes in collaboration with FTII, Pune, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Jammu and Press Club of Jammu to enable the professionals involved in media practices in J&K to utilize fast growing Information and Communication Technology for better society.