Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Smt Smriti Zubin Irani addressed the 69th Valedictory session of Development Journalism Course today at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. During the occasion, the Minister announced a scholarship for Rs.25000/- in commemoration of Deen Dayal Upadhyay for people of Indian Origin who did exemplary work in development journalism.
She also awarded certificates to 25 development journalism students from 16 countries. On this occasion she also inaugurated National Media Faculty Development Center in IIMC Campus. She launched ECHO Newsletter, Samachar Madhyam and Communicator magazines.
Diploma Course in Development Journalism is a prestigious course conducted by IIMC for for mid-career journalists from Non-aligned and Developing Countries. The course is organized under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and the Special Commonwealth African Assistance Plan (SCAAP) programmes of the Ministry of External Affairs.
The duration of the course is four months and is usually organized twice a year: from January to April and again from August to December. The objective of the course is to illuminate the linkages between development and communication and upgrade the skill set of journalists enabling them to deal with the challenges faced while communicating about development and economic issues. IIMC has so far I trained 1,322 participants from 127 different countries.