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Media reports of the inauguration:

The New Indian Express

New institute promises 'world-class journalism'

Bangalore, 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.

Inauguration of IIJNM Union Minister 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.

"Journalism 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 Shekhar Gupta.
"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 the media."

"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 Ravindra Kumar.

He warned against the pitfalls in running such colleges.

Barbara Crossette, 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 for me.

She said that legal protection was necessary for journalists and that publishers must show courage in publishing news.

"Every report needs digging and hard work." She said.

Chief Minister 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 outside."

Union Minister 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

Asian Age

By Our Correspondent

Bangalore, 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.

Mr Jaitley 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.

"The media 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.

Chief minister 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.

Indian Express 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.

Karnataka's 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'

The Hindu

By Our Staff Reporter

Bangalore, Dec 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.

Speaking at 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 added.

Earlier, Mr. 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.

Professional 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.

Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamy, pontiff of the Adi Chunchanagiri Math, was present.

The institute is founded by the BS&G Foundation, a partnership between the Adi Chunchanagiri Maha Samsthana and the George Foundation.

Dr. Abraham George of the George Foundation is the acting Dean of the IIJNM


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