Four Day Capacity-Building Workshop for Urdu Journalists Begins at KU


SRINAGAR: A four-day capacity-building workshop for Urdu Journalists commenced on Monday at the Hazratbal campus of the University of Kashmir.

The workshop, organised by the National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) in collaboration with the Dean School of Arts, Languages & Literatures and Media Education Research Centre (MERC) aims to focus on enhancing the skills of budding journalists and those already working in the field.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Neelofar Khan presided over the inaugural function of the workshop. In her presidential address, she stressed on the significance of Urdu language and its deep roots in the culture. “Youth are getting disconnected from our culture and our vernacular languages have power to connect them back to our roots.”

“The digital culture has brought many important changes in our lives but at the same time there is a risk of getting distracted, saying that and those distractions can be avoided if we inculcate and encourage the reading culture among our youth,” she added.

Director NCPUL Professor Aquil Ahmad said that NCPUL has a huge budget for the promotion of Urdu journalism and that budget is graciously allocated by the government so that healthy journalism could be encouraged.

He further said that Urdu journalists need to understand that media can play a significant role in the nation building provided they focus on positive developments and disseminate the information regarding journalism among the people. “Bad practices like yellow journalism need to be checked and young journalists need to be encouraged to go in a proper direction so that their skills or put the best use.”

Dean School of Arts, Languages and Literatures Prof Adil Amin Kak said that Urdu has long and shinning past and it has a great potential as it is the language of masses here. He stressed on the importance of the workshop and said that it will help the participants to improve upon their skills as young journalists.

In her remarks the Director Institute of Kashmir Studies (IKS) and senior faculty member of MERC Professor Aliya Ahmad spoke about the upliftment of Urdu language. She also said that journalists need to be good communicators in order to do justice with their job.

“Journalists can do well only if they are good communicators and best communication happens in one’s own language,” she said. She hoped that this workshop will help young journalists in upgrading their skills and also improve their story telling skills. She also stressed on the need of ethical reporting.

The inaugural session was followed by technical sessions on future of Urdu journalism and feature writing. Former faculty member of the MERC, Nasir Mirza and senior journalist Basharat Masood were the resource persons.


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