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Road Show by students on Sec 66A
The students of CAMS (B.A-1st journalism and mass communication) organized a road show on the judgment of Supreme Court over Information technology act 66A in the university campus. they welcomes the supreme court decision of striking down Section 66A of the information technology act, which allowed arrest over content posted online.
At an awareness rally on Punjabi University Campus on Thursday, students of the centre for advanced media studies said the apex court's order will strengthen the freedom of speech and expression in the country. "People should have the right to express their opinions through social media,"they said
Prof Gurmeet Singh Maan, director of the centre, appreciated the efforts of the students and said there should not be any kind of arrests or any harsh punishment to restrict the freedom of speech.The Supreme Court on Wednesday repealed the much abused law, saying it was "open ended and constituionally vague". the decision has been welcomed by free speech activists across the country
Seven students of Centre for Advanced Media Studies, including Dupinder kaur, Amanpreet kaur, Chandni bajaj, Simranpreet kaur, Valentine, Karan Chawla and Kamalpreet Kaur did themselves and their department proud by clinching first position in Choreography in the Media Fest, "Communis 2015. A total number of 16 teams, including teams from different universities and colleges vied for top honours in the competition organised by Doaba College, Jalandhar yesterday. The team was led by Dr Aanchal Sehgal, while the participants were trained by Ms Narinder kaur Chawla & Ms. Sakshi Gagneja.
The CAMS students finished runners up in stand up comedy by sukhchain singh, power point presentation by Chandni Bajaj & Dupinder Kaur, Radio Jockey by Aditya dutta, Ad Mad Show by Aditya dutta, Sagar, Girisha and in Photography by Apoorv
Media Seminar organised on 25th March
Pithy comment of Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, that the Indian media had blossomed as a powerful entity, warranting a matching accountability, generated a heated debate among eminent media personalities on how the presentation of news in the print and electronic media could be made unadulterated and objective?
Presiding over the valedictory session of the three-day national seminar on Challenges and Opportunities Before Indian Media, organized by Punjabi Universitys Department of Journalism and Mass Communication here today, the Vice-Chancellor raised the question that if the consumers expected that even the toothpaste should be an unadulterated and standardized product, why should not they be expected to be supplied unadulterated and factual information by the media?
Dr Jaspal singh further said that despite being a powerful network, the media was not reflecting a pan-India scene and instead was leaving the countrys peripheral areas uncovered and ignored. He was responding to the observations of Mr H.K Dua, Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune Group of Newspapers, that the mainstream media rarely gave a healthy coverage to the underprivileged while focusing on such issues like killings and ambush of security forces.
Referring to observation of Prof B.K Kuthiala, Head of Department of Mass Communication and Media Technology, Kurukshetra University that media was an extension of intra-personal dialogue, the Vice Chancellor said it was an integral part of the human existence and it could be established with the self or within the person as per the Indian spiritual traditions.
Talking in the same vein, Punjabi Tribunes Editor, Mr Sidhu Damdami, said that the India media had become too powerful necessitating an immediate regulatory mechanism to control it before it causes intolerable damage to the society. And this realization among the people, he said, has become more pronounced following the live coverage of the terrorist attack in Mumbai which exceeded all the limits of fair reporting while bordering around sensationalism. Such a mechanism, however, was a ticklish issue since any such dispensation would be opposed by the media on grounds of freedom of the press, Mr Damdami said. He, however, said that the electronic media had developed an enormous capacity to misuse and abuse the facts as these suited their business and political interests.
Dr Gurmeet Singh Maan, Head of the Department said that we, as media consumers were over-expecting from the media while ignoring our own responsibilies. The issues raised by it seldom found favour even among its ardent and impassioned audiences. He condemned the practice of calling media as watchdogs and suggested that these should preferably be called as guardians of the society. In all 30 papers were presented in the seminar discussing various aspects the media scene, he said
Dilating on the suggestion of setting a Press Commission for review the entire gamut of media Prof Kuthiala said that it was yet to be decided whether media was a business, a service sector or voluntary dispensation. Media stalwarts who participated in the seminar included Dr Narinder Singh Kapoor, Prof Gulzar Singh Sandhu, Prof Radhey Shyam Sharma, Prof Ashok Ogra, Dr Vikram Dutt, Prof TDS Alok, Dr Ashutosh Mishra and Prof Avinash Singh. The seminar reached its climax with the holding of an alumni meet of the students in the Department.
Om Puri inaugurates Centre for Advanced Media Studies
Noted actor Om Puri inaugurated the Centre for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS) at the Punjabi University campus in the presence of Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jaspal Singh on Tuesday. The newly established centrally air-conditioned centre has started with a BTech course in TV, Film Production and Media Technology and a PG Diploma in Audio-Visual Production.
Speaking on the occasion, Om Puri said the Media Centre has the potential of flourishing into a high-profile brand on the lines of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, of which he is an alumni. The state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities at the centre, he said, could easily be envied by any educational and professional media organisation.
While giving his consent to be on the Advisory Board and a visiting faculty at the Media Centre, comprising CAMS and Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Om Puri committed to conduct a workshop on acting, speech and movement and a short film appreciation course soon.
G.S. Channi's Film Workshop
Rs three-lakh more for TV & Film Studio Patiala, March 5- The TV and Film Studio of Punjabi University got enriched by another Rs three-lakh worth equipment, this time for the outdoor shooting purposes. The equipment to be purchased includes a high-end professional Canon XL-2 camera with 20x zoom, automated reflectors, a dolly, baby lights and a cordless transmitter. This equipment adds to the already installed indoor studio equipment worth more than Rs 20 lakhs, that includes three PD 170 cameras, NLE workstation, teleprompter, cool lights, baby lights, chroma cutter, audio mixer, and highly-sensitive microphones.
While confirming the amount for the purchase of the outdoor shooting equipment, earlier released by him, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh said that I want Punjabi University to be known by the first-of-its kind Media Centre and the Film City that we are going to create at a cost of Rs four crore on four acres of land. The Centre is supposed to be completed in the next 15 months, as tenders have already been floated in this regard, he said. The Vice-Chancellor disclosed this while inaugurating a workshop on Film Production and Film Appreciation, being organized by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication in its preview-cum-seminar room for the students of Correspondence Course in Journalism in addition to the Departments own students of MA and PG Diploma course in AV Production.
The workshop, being conducted by an established film maker, Mr G.S. Chani, is aimed at exposing our students to the personal gains and experiences of renowned film makers, said Dr Gurmeet Maan, HoD of Journalism and Mass Communication. This is the second such workshop in a row as earlier one-week workshop on Film Production was conducted by another noted film maker, Mr Utpal Chowdhry two months back, he said.
Mr Chani, who is a visiting faculty at Universities of Michigan, Toronto, Cambridge, Boston and FTII, Pune rated the Departments TV and Film studio as one of the very bests in Public Sector universities in the country. Having made more than 50 documentary and short films on different genres, Mr Chani gave valuable tips to the students besides sharing his own experiences in the game of film making. He was accompanied by a famous story writer, Ms Kanha Singh on whose story, Khushboo, Mr Chani has made a telefilm for Doordarshan.
Refresher Course for Casual Announcers
Private FM channels, assuming to sustain themselves on the strength of their 'jockeys' and abstract content can never eclipse the potential and prowess of public broadcasting system of All India radio in India. They can neither match the range, reach and diversity of their programmes with commercial tendencies dominating their standpoints." This was stated by Mr B.C. Panwar, Station Director of All India Radio, Jalandhar, while presiding over a Refresher Course, organised for the casual announcers by the Patiala Station of AIR in collaboration with the Journalism and Mass Communication Department of Punjabi University here today. While gracefully accepting the challenge from the private counterparts of FM Radio Stations, Mr Panwar regretted the occasional crossing of boundaries of mannerism by their presenters.
While inaugurating the Course, Dr Gurmeet Singh Maan, HoD of Journalism and Mass Communication, said that "finding ourselves at cultural crossroads, the private FM stations were making futile attempts to erode our cultural ethos with their gibberish". While referring to Netaji Subhas Chander Bose's statement, in which he had described All India Radio, during the pre-independence era as "Anti Indian Radio, Dr Maan said that the present private FM radios stations were not doing a better job. Their existence, he said, was like that of a "lollypop or chewing gum" which has the potential of charming the audience for a while ultimately losing its taste and flavour. Majority of the RJ listeners, including that segment for which their programmes were specifically designed, have already started feeling disillusioned with their content and presentation as sometimes touch the crests and troughs of vulgarity, Dr Maan added.
Mr Aamarjit Singh Waraich, Station Head of AIR, Patiala, said that the private channels can never match the credibility and integrity of public broadcasting systems as the former care a fig for the social responsibility role of media in India. It is because of this fact that the AIR audience was increasing with each passing day even as the private channels were now compulsively resorting to "corporate social responsibility" patterns to retrieve their base. Mr Waraich agreed with the statement of Dr Harjinder Walia, Reader in the Journalism Department, that All India Radio has always played a significant role in crises situations.
Later, the students of Journalism and Mass Communication were exposed to a one-hour live interactive roadshow programme, conducted by Mr Waraich, in which University's Provost, Dr Balwinder Tiwana, Patiala traffic incharge, Mr Gurcharan Singh and NSS coordinator, Dr Paramvir Singh gave answers to the queries and clarified the doubts of the University students on various issues. AIR presenters, Mr Birinder Singh and Ms Sukhjit Kaur also participated in the programme.
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