KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – The University of Calcutta held a three-day International seminar on “Issues of Journalistic Ethics and Freedom in the Contemporary Age of Digital Media,” 9-11 January 2012. The seminar which attracted over 100 scholarly papers on the theme was the brainchild of the HoD Journalism & Mass Communication University of Calcutta Prof. Dr. Tapati Basu, and her dedicated team of Faculty and students.
The first day’s programme held at the historic Senate Hall of the university (estd.1857) had over 400 delegates including two vice-Chancellors from Bhopal and Raipur, two Ministers from West Bengal government, Mayor of Kolkata, CEOs of Media Houses as well as Consuls and deputy Consuls from Japan, Thailand and Sri Lanka. Senior Professors and research scholars from all over India as well as Kenya, Sudan, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand and Bangladesh participated.
The seminar also marked 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, an illustrious alumnus of the University, with songs and floral tributes. Senior Television Journalist of Doordarshan Kolkata and Guest Faculty member Prof. Snehasis Sur paid glowing tribute to Swamiji the youth icon of resurgent India.
During the course of the day the participants listened to some 20 lectures spread out in three sessions. In the final session of the day, Deputy Consul General of Japan His Excellency Mistsutake Numahata released a 746 page book containing some 100 scholarly articles related to the seminar topic.
Prof. Dr.Tapati Basu and a 60 member editorial team worked on the book entitled: “Issues of Journalistic Ethics and Freedom in the Contemporary Age of Digital Media.”
For the second day, the venue of the International Seminar shifted to Surendranath College for Women (24 Mahatma Gandhi Road) Kolkata, near Sealdah Railway Station where a two day UGC (University Grant Commission) sponsored National Seminar on “Journalism in the Age of New Media” was inaugurated in the newly built Gitanjali Auditorium.
Live television feed of the proceedings from the central hall were beamed two other venues for the benefit of over 600 delegates and students from all over India.
The seminar mastermind was Prof Uma Shankar Pandey, HoD of Journalism & Mass Communication at Surendranath College. Of some 150 papers received, only 98 abstracts were published in a book released on the occasion by President of Surendranath College and Governing Body member Sikha Choudhury (Mitra), 10 January.
After the plenary sessions, each day, participants split for Technical Sessions of their choice being offered in three venues on campus.
On both days, the International Seminar presentations were held simultaneously at the Surendranath College venue.
The hosts (staff and students of Surendranath College for Women) also brought out two daily editions of a four page tabloid paper christened “Campus Sojourn” providing important information and news coverage of events during the day.