reports of the inauguration:
The New Indian
New institute promises 'world-class journalism'
Dec 29: An aesthetically designed building facing an international
residential school. Location: Away from the city. Its founders say
"the location is ideal". One founder is a businessman while the
other is a seer. The new college of journalism was inaugurated at
Kumbalgudu, outside Bangalore on Friday.
for Law, Arun Jaitley, Chief Minister S M Krishna, former Lok Sabha
Speaker Balram Jakhar, Editors of newspapers Shekhar Gupta of the
Indian Express and Ravindra Kumar of The Statesman
were present. Sri Balagangadharanath Swami of Adi Chunchanagiri
Mutt inaugurated the collage.
has moved from the times when people would chose journalism as the
last resort to now, when they're willing to pay Rs 1 lakh and more
for a journalism course," said Editor-in-chief of Indian Express
"The change is refreshing at a time when foreign countries have
begun buying shares and having a say in some of India's most crucial
companies. India is the only country where foreign media has not
been able to break through. This institute has internationalised
"A great inauguration
does not mean a great college. Very few colleges in the country
give what the country needs. Yet, there are faculties that pass
off as journalism. The circle gets completed when you have inaugurations
of this sort," said Editor and Managing Director of The Statesman
He warned against
the pitfalls in running such colleges.
UN Bureau Chief of the New York Times said, "I was in India
20 years back to teach journalism. I was expected to teach what
was in the syllabus and no more. No practical material to teach
and no independent schools of journalism it was a culture shock
She said that
legal protection was necessary for journalists and that publishers
must show courage in publishing news.
needs digging and hard work." She said.
S M Krishna said the new college that claims to cater to world-class
standards justifies Bangalore's claims of being a Knowledge Capital.
"We have two professions that any one can practice. Politics and
journalism. We need an extra effort to succeed in either of them.
He said the
State Government will not interfere in the affairs of the college.
"What's encouraging is the school's efforts to get faculty from
for Law Arun Jaitley, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs
D B Chandre Gowda and NDTV correspondent Barkha Dutt were present.
Jaitley opens institute of journalism in city
By Our Correspondent
Dec. 29: Union minister for law and justice Arun Jaitley observed
on Friday that the print media in the country has been growing despite
facing stiff competition for market share from the electronic media
and the Internet revolution. He was speaking at a function organised
to inaugurate the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media,
founded by the Adichunchanagiri Mutt Trust and the George Foundation.
said Bangalore, which is already home to many institutes of excellence
has gained one more milestone with the establishment of this institute.
This city has become a trend setter to be emulated by other states,
he said. Mr Jaitley said that though the news on the print media
comes belatedly when compared to the electronic media, the print
media has more access to the masses.
is witnessing rapid changes and the coming days will reveal which
segment would merge with the other," he said, apparently referring
to the growth of the electronic media and the Internet.
S. M. Krishna said the institute was one more of a string of institutions
that had come up in Bangalore, which was now known as the knowledge
capital. The media is witnessing multi-dimensional changes with
the entry of the electronic media, the Internet and cable network,
he said. "Competition among various segments of the media has brought
about the best for people," he said.
editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta favoured permitting foreign investment
in the media, while The Statesman managing editor and director
Ravindra Kumar, said the rich in the country should invest in the
media rather that looking for foreign investments. The seer of the
Adichunchanagiri Maha Samasthana, Balagangadharanatha Swamiji inaugurated
the institute at Kumbalgudu, built at a cost of Rs 4 crore.
Minister for law and parliamentary affairs D. B. Chandregowda and
former Lok Sabha speaker Balram Jakhar were present on the occasion,
at which New York Times UN bureau chief Barbara Crossette
delivered the keynote address.
'Media is a threat to vested interests'
By Our Staff
29. The task of building an institution that would produce journalists
with commitment and integrity is an arduous one, Mr. Ravindra Kumar,
Managing Editor and Director, The Statesman has said.
the inauguration of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media
(IIJNM) at Kumbalgudu on the outskirts of Bangalore on Friday, he
said that this was because an independent, credible and strong media
was perceived as a threat by vested interests, and they posed hurdles
in building an institution committed to journalistic excellence.
Mr Kumar said there was a wrong notion that inaugurating a good
facility was equivalent to creating a great institution. Half-baked
journalists were passing out from obscure institutions that sought,
and often secured, UGC clearance to conduct a course in mass communication.
Often, the enthusiasm
with which a journalism school was started was not sustained, he
Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Law and Justice, said in his inaugural
address, that the "Web" was changing the face of the media.
The print media
was being made to struggle to retain its marketshare and commercial
revenues. In the long run, the traditional media might have to find
a convergence with the Internet-driven media to survive, he added.
Ms Barbara Crossette, UN Bureau Chief, The New York Times,
said in her keynote address that everything that applied to a responsible
newspaper must also apply to the Internet. Legal protection for
journalists, right to information, and courage of publishers in
the face of pressure, were some of the factors that influenced the
media, she added.
rules and ethical standards were important for the credibility of
the media. Ms Crossette said. Unfortunately there was a lot of spurious
information on the Internet, she pointed out.
Mr Balram Jakhar,
former Speaker of the Lok Sabha, said that freedom was a "legacy
to be preserved with everything we have".
In this context,
the media was a double-edged blade, he said. In responsible hands,
it could fight corruption and sectarianism. However, in the hands
of misguided elements, it posed a danger to democracy, he added.
The Chief Minister,
Mr S. M. Krishna, who presided over the inaugural function, said
the IIJNM would be supported by the Government without interference
in its efforts to produce professional journalists.
Swamy, pontiff of the Adi Chunchanagiri Math, was present.
is founded by the BS&G Foundation, a partnership between the
Adi Chunchanagiri Maha Samsthana and the George Foundation.
George of the George Foundation is the acting Dean of the IIJNM