National Press Day Celebration at KSMC

The School of Mass Communication, KIIT Deemed to be University (KSMC) hosted a thought-provoking session featuring Mr. Giridhari Mohanty, IIS, serving as the Director General of KIIT, on the occasion of National Press Day on 16th November 2023. In an interactive session with the aspiring journalists, Mr. Mohanty inspired them by addressing different aspects of media and its development along with the changing generation.

Mr. Mohanty underscored the media’s pivotal role as vigilant watchdogs, ensuring transparency in governance. He highlighted the diverse nature of media biases, spanning from favouring celebrities to influencing public opinion on legal matters and corruption. Recognizing the media’s contribution to empowering women, he deemed it a vital aspect of societal progress.

However, Mr. Mohanty issued a cautionary note against the dangers of fake news and misinformation. He emphasized the need for ethical standards and rigorous information verification within the media, asserting that these perils thrive in the absence of constraints. The event served as a platform for insightful discussions on the evolving landscape of media in fostering a robust democracy.

In a parallel event, Dr. Nandini Lakshmikantha, a distinguished figure with a profound background in academia, research, and literature spanning two decades, delivered an enlightening discourse on the dynamic landscape of health communication. She illuminated the potential career paths for students in health communication and how they can become valuable assets in the industry.

Dr. Rajeev Kumar Panda, Associate Professor and Associate Dean felicitated Dr. Lakshmikantha; Dr. Bidu Bhusan Dash, Associate Professor and Acting Dean introduced the school to the guest; and Dr. Sananda Mukherjee, Assistant Professor introduced the guest.

At the state-level celebration at Jaydev Bhawan, the students of KIIT School of Mass Communication and other colleges of Odisha received certificates of merit and trophies for their performance in National Level Essay, Debate, and Extempore Speech competitions held on 10th November 2023, organized by AMIT, Bhubaneswar. In the “Debate,” Michelle-Gina Tatenda Chikwanha (MCJ) claimed first place, closely followed by Aditi Ranjan (MCJ). Pragyan Rath (MCJ) and Uditaa Barman (BCJ) shared the third spot. In English essay writing, Joyeeta Bez (BCJ) took the lead, followed by Tanisha Agarwal (BCJ). Satyajit Nayak (BCJ) and Deepak Kumar (BCJ) secured third place together.

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