SRINAGAR: Vice Chancellor, Central University of Kashmir, Prof. Mehraj-ud-din Mir inaugurated the studio of Department of Convergent Journalism.
The state of the art studio is fully equipped for feature films, documentaries and other aspects of audio-visual production.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor, Prof Mehraj-ud-din hailed the efforts of the department and the university administration in developing the studio facilities.
“It is a matter of pride that the department has been able to come up with this studio. We have a limited space here since we are operating from rented buildings. Though at this stage the facilities may be limited but we look to have one of the best studios once we shift to Ganderbal campus. I am sure in near future it shall be fully loaded with modern gadgets,” he said.
“We look forward to see the department meeting the expectations and cover all aspects of social life with the audio-visual products,” he added. Former BBC correspondent and honorary professor at the University of Nottingham (UK), Dr Andrew Whitehead also spoke on the occasion.
“I am really thrilled and excited to be in this new studio because it would mean that journalism students here will have a chance to study journalism not simply as an academic subject but as a practical subject. I wish the students who use this studio every joy because journalism should be about having fun, taking risks, experimenting and working out what forms of broadcast work and what forms need to be refined further,” said Whitehead.
“As I look at the studio- lightening, equipment and camera, there are many BBC studios that are not as well equipped as this. So you have a very fine studio here,” he added.
Earlier, Dr. Whitehead delivered a talk on ‘The Rise and Fall of New Kashmir’ at Central University of Kashmir on Monday.
Coordinator of DCJ, Asif Khan said: “The department is very happy to have a working studio of its own which will surely help in covering important aspects of the curriculum, especially semester IV where students are required to make documentary films, video capsules etc.”
Head & Dean, Department of Tourism Studies, School of Business Studies, Prof. S Fayyaz Ahmad, Prof. Noor Ahmad Baba of Department of Politics and Governance, Head, Department of Religious Studies, Prof. Hamidullah Marazi, Head, Department of Management Studies, Prof. Farooq Ahmad Shah and faculty members of Department of Convergent Journalism were present on the occasion.