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Media, Police both are for society-Smt Anuradha Singh

Discussion held on 'Media and Police' in MCU orientation programme

Bhopal, 29th July, 2017: Senior IPS officer and Anuradha Singh said that there are various similarities in media and police. Media is a part of society and police is one of the departments of elected government in the democracy. Both work for the society and give direction to it but when their ego clashes, it causes problems. 

She was addressing a session on 'Police and Media' in the three-day orientation programme of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication at Samanvay Bhawan here today.

She said that police and media both are dependent on each other. Media needs crime related news from police and for police, media is important and useful because of its access everywhere. Their relations turn bitter because of vested interests. Both should know their limitations and each other's work. She said media students should be well aware of basics of laws before entering profession and police rights too.

Replying queries of students, she said that it is very unfortunate that the Police Act, brought by Britishers, is still effective. The Supreme Court suggested Model Police Act to the states to implement it. Rajasthan and Haryana states changed the colonial police act. Other states are yet to adopt it. She denied that police and public have bad relations. Police station is the only government office which remains open round the clock and people visit it.

Chairing the session, University Vice-Chancellor Prof Brij Kishore Kuthiala said that dialogue between police and media should continue for the benefit of the society in the changing environment. Head of Communication Research Department Dr Monika Verma conducted the proceedings. Head of New Media Technology department Dr P Sasikala felicitated Smt Singh on the occasion.

Indian youth have more advantages today: Kuthiala

In the valedictory session of the three-day programme, Vice-Chancellor Prof Kuthiala said that present generation of the country has more advantages as compared to youth of other countries because of availability of digital technology, great heritage of culture and the time when entire world is looking towards India with hope. Scientists of America and Russia have found that there was Vedik civilisation 7000 years ago in India. Prof Kuthiala called upon youths to read more, meditate and write and also they should consult with different experts on different issues. University Rector Shri Lajpat Ahuja and Registrar Shri Dipak Sharma were present on the dais. Head of Mass Communication Department and programme convener Shri Sanjay Dwivedi conducted the programme.

Session held on Universal Design

Professor of Mumbai, Dr PJ Mathew Martin delivered lecture on 'Universal Design in New Media and Computer' in another session. He introduced the concept in simple manner demonstrating an experiment. He said visual contents on the digital media or other media should carry sub-title and caption for better and clear comprehension to all for the society. Visually impaired persons remember things told once but other people do not use their capacity of hearing fully. He said that we see what we want to see and we hear what we want to hear. He discussed about accessibility, usage, expression, engagement and assessment in the universal design. The learning material in the world should be made in the accessible format. Digital media technology should be used for sharing information, provide education and entertainment. Initiate, response and evaluate are the three processes of communication, he said. Head of NMT Department Dr Sasikala conducted the session.

Senior journalist Shri Anuj Khare addressed students on 'Digital Media and Youth' in programme. He said fake news is serious problem emerging now on digital platform. He quoted a study comparing traffic of fake news and authentic news on 19 American news websites during previous Presidential poll and said fake news got more likes and reactions. Editor of Zee-Digital, Shri Dayashankar Mishra also spoke on the occasion.

Webdunia editor Shri Jaideep Karnik said that digital platforms like websites, news portals and e-papers are not getting revenue despite surpassing number of print papers because of Google and Facebook like giants. Assistant Professor Shri Surendra Pal conducted the programme.