Vice-President Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu today said that journalism is a mission and not means for commission. Earlier, journalism was a mission and now it is turning commercial.
He was addressing the convocation function of Kushabhau Thakre Journalism and Mass Communication University at the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Auditorium on the Government Science College premises as a chief guest. He gave away Journalism degrees to 408 students. Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh presided over the function.
Mr. Naidu said that journalism had been commercialized in present times. Innumerable Television channels have come up during the past 25 years and their presence is felt everywhere. Due to the advent of smart phones Digital Media had reached our hands. The responsibility of citizens had increased manifold to decipher the fake from the real news.
The students of journalism should be more smart and intelligent. The journalists should work for the betterment of the society and the nation. The students should respect mother, motherland, mother tongue and teachers (Gurus). The present era belongs to I.T. sector, still search engines like Google can never take the place of teachers.
Dr. Raman Singh said that journalism had a long and hoary history in Chhattisgarh. The identity of journalism is based on credibility. The main function of journalism is not only feeding news to the public but also give proper direction to the society and the nation. 406 students had been conferred degrees and 19 students with Gold Medals. Assembly Speaker Mr. Gowrishankar Agrawal , Higher Education Minister Mr. Premprakash Pande, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Mr. Ajay Chandrakar, Agriculture Minister Mr. Brijmohan Agrawal and MP Mr. Ramesh Bais were also present.
Vice-President Mr. Naidu said that journalism is a noble profession. He revealed that he had learnt a lot during the past 40 years of public life and Hindi also from journalists. Journalism had played a crucial role in liberating the country from foreign yoke. The leaders of the Independence movement used newspapers as a platform to spread messages of freedom movement.
After the Electronic channels, the social media is a powerful instrument in the hands of scribes but it should be handled with extreme caution. ‘Breaking News’ should not break anything but promote social harmony and positivity.
Remembering Mr. Thakre , the Vice-President said he had a long association with the legendary figure. He was a great leader. He said that former Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee had carved out Chhattisgarh and inaugurated the Thakre Journalism University also. The university had made Vajpayee’s ‘Kadam Milakar Chalna Hoga’ as its ‘Kulgeet’.
Mr. Naidu congratulated the successful students and wished them a bright future. The University awards graduation degrees, post-graduation degrees, M.Phil and PhDs. He said that there is a need for serving news in proper perspective to crores of depressed sections of the society and women in far-flung regions of the country.
Dr. Raman Singh said that for a healthy democracy there is a need for healthy and impartial journalism. Social responsibility and national interests should be of major concern rather than individual freedom. The news should be cross-checked before publishing. The moment the State Government had decided to open Journalism and Mass Communication University in Chhattisgarh it named as Late Kushabau Thakre-great thinker. It is a matter of great pride that the University had been inaugurated by Bharat Ratna former Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Dr. Raman Singh said that digital media and social media platforms-Facebook, WhatsApp and other sites are bombarding the users with flood of news from all parts of the globe.
Vice-President Mr. Naidu unveiled a special issue ‘KTU News’=University souvenir. Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Mansingh Parmar welcomed the gathering. Registrar Dr. Atul Kumar Tiwari proposed a vote of thanks.