Bhubaneswar: At the inaugural address of the week-long Faculty Development Programme for faculties, research scholars and media professionals at Birla School of Communication, Birla Global University, Bhubaneswar, experts opined that it was pertinent to train students for developing skill sets that can help merge storytelling with technology.
The event was inaugurated by vice-chancellor of the varsity Professor PP Mathur. The chief guest of the event was Sunil Saxena, Head of Department, Times School of Media, Bennett University.
Speaking at the event, professor Saxena opined that journalism and mass communication education had evolved due to the advent of new technologies and approaches towards professional training. He also emphasized that people were losing faith in the media, which was of great concern.
Professor Mathur said the current media education should be more industry and skill-oriented and the curriculum should be prepared in line with the National Education Policy 2020.
Registrar of Birla Global University BK Das said the role of a journalist was very challenging. Journalists also face threats to their lives, he said.
Dean, Birla School of Communication, Professor J S GiriRao said the programme would help the participants to enhance their teaching pedagogy and research knowledge.
About 40 participants from India and abroad had registered for the programme. The valedictory address will be delivered by journalist and founder editor of PARI, P Sainath on January 12.