Baramulla, Sep 20: The Department of Media Studies, Government Degree College (GDC) Baramulla on Wednesday organised a daylong media festival on the campus.
The festival, celebrated every year, was attended by students from the media departments of Government College for Women M A Road Srinagar, Government Degree College Anantnag, Kashmir University, Cluster University Srinagar, and various higher institutions of Baramulla.
During the daylong festival, around 8 films made by media students from various colleges of Kashmir were screened which were acclaimed by the audience. In the photography exhibition, pictures, sketches, calligraphy, and poetry posters of the students on various themes were displayed as well.
In the inaugural session, Dr Danish Nabi, HOD Media Studies, GDC Baramulla, extended a warm welcome to all the guests and participating students. He said the aim of the festival is to give the opportunity to media students to showcase their work in front of professional juries.
Principal GDC Baramulla, Prof Mohd Farooq Rather on the occasion said there is a need for ethical and professional journalism in the current era. “I hope the students will become ethical journalists and work for truth,” he said.
Apart from the principal, other guests included Vice Principal Dr Tariq Ahmad Chalkoo, senior correspondent The Indian Express Bashrat Masood; renowned radio broadcaster Talha Jehangir; renowned filmmaker Mushtaq Ali, and faculty members from various media colleges in the valley.
Afzal Sofi, a well-known filmmaker and Sameer Ashraf, a videography and photography expert, were among the distinguished jurors evaluating the students’ work.
Filmmaker Mushtaq Ali Khan on the occasion said, “GDC Baramulla is one of the oldest media colleges of Kashmir and has produced a large number of media professionals who have served the valley for years. The movies made by students from media colleges were really appreciated. I hope other media institutes will provide a platform for professional media students to showcase their talent.”
Tajamul Rather, a media student, said there is a need for such events so that talented persons get a chance to showcase their skills. “I hope the department conducts such events every year,” he said.
The faculty along with students from various departments of the college took part in the programme with zeal and zest. A prize distribution ceremony was held after the screening of all the movies, photo essays and single photographs to facilitate the students.
Kashmir Convener, the daily newspaper, was the media partner for this event. Additionally, the Institute of Public Enterprises Hyderabad was the academic partner while Vyeth Publishing House and City Look served as the official sponsors of the festival.
The event was concluded with a vote of thanks by Vice Principal Prof Tariq Ahmad Chalkoo.