A ten-day workshop for journalists from 22 African countries conducted by Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) in collaboration with Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) from March 11 to expose them to larger issues of reporting and news writing for both print and electronic media concluded with award of certificates and mementos to the participants a few days ago.
The certificates were awarded by Dr. B. Bala Bhaskar, Joint Secretary (West Asia and North Africa) in the Ministry of External Affairs. Neelakshi Saha Sinha, Director in the Ministry of External Affairs, Africa Division and Sudan’s Deputy Head of Mission, Osman Mohammed Elbashir Mohammed at an impressive function attended by faculty members and senior officials of JMI.
The workshop organised by JMI’s AJK-Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC) was attended by journalists from both print and electronic media. During the workshop they were given lectures on the art of writing articles, features, still photography, layout and designing of magazine and newspaper and news writing for electronic media.
The participants also brought out a magazine and also made news videos touching upon topics pertaining to local socio-cultural aspects as well on Indo-African cooperation in various sectors.
During the valedictory function, the participants suggested that provision should be made for teaching of Master’s and Ph.D. degrees for African students in AJK-MCRC. The suggestion was welcomed by Dr. Bhaskar and Director, AJK-MCRC, Prof. Iftekhar Ahmad.
Dr. Bhaskar briefed the participants about various scholarships for African students to pursue studies in India and asked them to get in touch with their respective Governments for the purpose.
Prof. Ahmad appreciated the work done by African students during the workshop and said that AJK-MCRC would always welcome students from Africa.