National Seminar on Issues of Content & Technology in Contemporary Media- Technical Sessions|
Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal
Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, , Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Orissa,
Tamilnadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal; the whole of India was here
at Teerthanker Mahaveer University (TMU), Moradabad, in the last week of June
2012. The historic occasion was the National Seminar organised by the College of
Journalism and Mass Communication on the “Issues of Content & Technology in
Contemporary Media”. The seminar was part of the long series of academic
discourses conducted by different colleges on the campus of the university.
started at a pleasant note with best-wishes by the Chief Minister of Uttar
Shri Manish Jain
their good wishes for the success of the seminar.
of the seminar took place with galaxy of stars in the university auditorium
inside Dental College Building on June 28. The chief guest of the function
highlighted the importance of journalism in the development of society. Shri
Shastri, son of the great leader Lal Bahadur Shastri and president of Lal
Bahadur Shastri Foundation,
interesting examples from personal experience to tell the audience how
journalistic practices and ethical values have changed over the years.
speaker Shri Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, talked about how advancement in
technology has revolutionized the media and accelerated the growth. The eminent
journalist, author and analyst, however, cautioned the journalists and media
users to remain beware of the ill effects of this technological revolution.
Prof. Devesh Kishore, professor emeritus at Makhanlal Chaturvedi Patrakarita
Evam Sanchar Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal, former head-Education and Training at
IGNOU, held media institutions responsible for sensitizing the budding media
Vice Chancellor of TMU, welcomed the dignitaries and lauded the efforts of the
College of Journalism and Mass Communication in organising the seminar. Dr
Ambrish Saxena, Professor Incharge of College of Journalism and Mass
Communication, presented the vivid account of the seminar at the outset, while
Prof Rakesh K Mudgal, Registrar of TMU, expressed gratitude to the
dignitaries for giving their precious time for the seminar. Both Prof Mittal and
Prof Mudgal highlighted the role that media could play in the transformation of
of Journalism and Mass Communication at TMU did what no media institution in
this country has ever succeeded in doing i.e. production of four books with
ISBN carrying selected research papers of the seminar. The emphasis on Hindi
was also a unique feature of the seminar. Incentives were offered to media
educators and researchers to write and present papers in Hindi, and an
independent book was taken out with Hindi papers. All these books were produced
before the beginning of the seminar, and everybody was astonished to see their
formal release by the dignitaries in the inaugural function itself.
The English books
are titled as ISSUES OF MEDIA POLICY, REGULATION AND ETHICS, ISSUES OF MEDIA
CONTENT, MARKET AND TECHNOLOGY, and ISSUES OF COMMUNICATION, DEVELOPMENT AND
SOCIETY, while the Hindi book is titled as MEDIA KE MUDDE. The Books in English
have been edited by
while Hindi book has been edited by
Ms Susmita Bala.
The books have been published by Kanishka Publishers, Distributors, Delhi.
of Journalism and Mass Communication succeeded in designing the national seminar
with a difference i.e. holding a brainstorming session before the technical
sessions. Five most distinguished scholars of the country, namely, Shri Alok
Verma (eminent journalist, educator, trainer, and founder and
editor-in-chief of Newzstreet.com, and former editor of ZEE News and Aaj Tak),
Shri Amar Nath Amar (eminent poet and author, and Dy Director at Delhi
Doordarshan Kendra), Shri Prashant Tandon (senior broadcast journalist
and analyst, and formerly working with Star News, IBN7, India TV and TV9),
Shri Subodh Kumar (journalist, media educator and film scriptwriter and
presently working as Group Head of global communication group CARAT) and
Shri Om Gupta (veteran journalist, author, educator and trainer).
several occasions these experts locked horns on complex issues and jolted the
audience with their thoughts. The participation of the members of audience was
huge as everybody was up in arms asking questions to media veterans sitting on
28 and 29, twelve technical sessions were conducted in the seminar; Six
technical sessions were held in Lecture Theatre I and another six parallel
sessions were held in Lecture Theatre II in the building of the College of
Engineering. The technical sessions were divided on the basis of sub themes,
like Issues of Constitution, Law and Media Policy, Influence of Market Driven
Media on Content, Content Generation and Innovation in Technology, Issues of
Content, Regulation and Ethics, Formal and Non-formal Education
and Role of Media, Alternate Media, Development Issues and
presented in technical sessions, while more than 40 authors could not attend the
seminar for the presentation of their papers. Out of
100 were in
In fact, the number of abstracts received by the organizing committee crossed
160, but some authors failed to submit their papers within the deadline while
some others’ abstracts were not approved. The authors included media educators,
researchers, PhD scholars, students, and even
studying in India also submitted and presented their papers.
technical sessions, the recent issues, developments, changing trends, problems
and possible solutions in media were discussed and debated thoroughly. Topics
like paid news, ethics and code of conduct for media, legal aspects related to
media, regulatory bodies, cartoons as medium of expression, internet censorship
in India, commercialization of media, marketing of films, advertising ethics,
use of language in media, sub standard content in media, distortion of language
and grammar in media content, dynamics of Information communication technology,
blogs and their effect prevailed upon the seminar.
personalities who chaired technical sessions included
Head of Sanchar Kendra, University of Rajasthan,
self publishing author from
eminent film scholar from
Dr U S
computer scientist from
Head of Journalism Department at Gujarat Vidyapith,
Prof A K
Director of IMS
Mr Rakesh Kumar
Head of Department, CMCA, TMU and
DR M B Saxena,
Head of English Department at Maharaja Agrasen PG College, Moradabad.
Academics and Industry:
Since the seminar
followed an inter-disciplinary
approach, the contributors belonged
to not only Journalism and Mass Communication but also Law, Computer
Science, Education, Management Studies, Engineering and Technology, Forensic
Science, Social Works, Political Science, English, Hindi and other subjects. The
authors had affiliation with more than 40 universities and colleges
spread across the country.
The seminar provided a blend of media academics and the industry.
Large number of paper authors and presenters came from the media industry. They
belonged to more than 10 news and non-news organizations. Senior
journalists from Star News and India TV, radio jockeys, print journalists from
Hindi and language press, all came to have their first academic experience.
cultural evening was organized in the Open Air outside 7 Days
in the evening of the first day of the seminar. The young talent from BJMC
and MJMC mesmerized the delegates with their performances. The dance,
drama and music enthralled the viewers who remained captivated for about three
hours. Two bands, Guroor from Delhi and The Soul Player
from Moradabad added glamour to the fascinating evening.
in Jim Corbett:
seminar concluded with a trip to Jim Corbett National Park where more than 40
delegates stayed for a night. This education cum fun trip was a bonus offered by
the College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Teerthanker Mahaveer
University, following intense intellectual exercise. And finally, everybody left
Moradabad with sweet memories.