Panel soon on mushrooming of media schools, says Soni

The government is planning to constitute a committee to look into the mushrooming of media training schools across the country, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said here Friday.

Conferring the Seema Nazreth Award for Journalistic Excellence to Indulekha Arvind of Business Standard at a function here, Soni said her ministry was in the process of constituting a committee in consultation with human resource development (HRD) ministry to review the mushrooming of media training institutes across the country.

According to an official press release, the minister said the committee would comprise of key stakeholders associated with the issue.

The minister said Seema Nazreth Award, instituted by Business Standard, provided an ideal platform to nurture talent based on professionalism, skills and aptitude for journalism.

She said the government had initiated measures to establish regional centres of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) at four Aizawl, Amravati, Kerala and Jammu to promote excellence in journalism

The minister said she was confident that the ongoing debate in the country on the issue of regulation and self-regulation in the electronic and print media would help in bringing about consensus and new perspectives on issues related to freedom of press.

She said the media landscape had placed India in an exciting position globally and growth of the sector was robust with over 82,000 publications and 800 broadcast channels.

The release said that while the media and entertainment sector in India grew at 11.2 percent in 2010, it grew at less than four percent in the developed countries in the same period.

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