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Jamia’s media cell struggles to lay hands on photo of champions

A picture is worth a thousand words. A press release without a photo is of no use. The case in point is a release issued (dated April 5) by Jamia Millia Islamia’s media cell headed by Professor Iftekhar Ahmed, who claims himself to be a known media professional and educationist in India.

The release though late by several days doesn’t carry photo of the champions. Worst as usual with many earlier releases issued by the media cell, the current one too has English language issues, said sources.

Headlined: “Three Jamia students bagged Medals at All India Inter-University Shooting Championship.”

Coming to language issue: Young sub-editors are taught at early stage of their profession not to give headline in past tense. But who will tell this to these “highly learned” professionals as the media cell contains “highly educated” people, including ex-PTI staff Shakeel Ahmad and Professor Saima Saeed, all legends in their fields.

Also, there is no need to write medals with capital Medals as written in the release.

What is surprising is that the event was held on March 28-30 and the media cell’s release is posted on its social media page on April 5.

“The Championship was held at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, Delhi from March 28-30, 2017.”

There is language issue in second paragraph too. The usual structure is from March 28 to 30.

This only raises question: Will Vice-Chancellor Talat Ahmad look into the matter and get things fixed?

But oh let’s not forget that Professor Iftekhar is supposedly reported to be close to the Vice-Chancellor.

The buzz on the campus is that Professor Iftekhar supposedly comes from a city in Bihar whose many people holding influential positions in the university.

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