State-level 'Media Fest' begins at Mahajana College

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Mysuru, Oct. 15: Newspapers play a vital role in publicising the decisions and policies of the government thus educating the society, observed Aravinda Limbavali, Minister for Higher Education here on Wednesday, Oct 15.

Speaking after inaugurating CONFLUX-08, a two-day State-level media fest for upcoming journalists organised by the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Mahajana First Grade College, at Vivekananda Hall in the College premises in Jayalakshmipuram, he observed that the notices and circulars issued by the government take a long time in reaching the concerned departments and the people. But the journalists work by gathering news with lightning speed and publishing them to reach the people the very next morning.

The government machinery made efforts to emulate that pace of work but to no avail despite fortnightly review meetings, he said. The snail"s pace of movement of government files should be expedited taking a cue from the scribes, he opined.

Speaking on the occasion, K. Shivakumar, President, Mysore District Journalists Association (MDJA), suggested that journalism course should be started in rural colleges also to help the students there to excel in mass communication. On the occasion he released the college newsletter Vichara.

Noted Ganjifa artist Raghupathi Bhat was felicitated by the Minister. Over 250 journalism students from various colleges in the State are participating in the two-day fest featuring various competitions, interactions, lectures and discussions assisted by experts in the field.

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