Academicians praise UNESCO’s initiatives in journalism education
Media academicians and university officials have praised UNESCO’s initiatives for improving the quality of journalism education in Nepal. They were speaking in a national seminar on the principles and prospects of journalism education organized on 30 November in Kathmandu by the Central Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Tribhuwan University with support from the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu.
“Academic courses should equip media professionals with the skills required for independent thought and analysis”, said Axel Plathe UNESCO representative to Nepal. “Academic institutions can provide a forum for public debate about the media, and build links with media organizations to develop curricula and foster good practice”, he added.
Prof. Parshu Ram Kharel of the central Department of Journalism and Mass Communication said, “UNESCO’s support to the Central Department of Journalism is instrumental since 1980, when it provided the first television set to the Department.”
Associate professor Parbal Raj Pokharel said that UNESCO’s initiatives in helping universities improve their curricula in journalism is praiseworthy. “The department is happy to receive such support which I believe will help us to focus more on industry’s demands”, he added.
Kundan Aryal and Badri Poudyal, lecturers of journalism at Central Department of Journalism, presented working papers on theoretical aspects of the undergraduate course in journalism and on practical components covered by the course. Lal Deusa Rai and Chirinjibi Khanal commented on the papers while Laxman Datt Pant of the Communication and Information unit of the UNESCO Kathmandu Office recapped UNESCO model curricula in journalism and its adaptation possibilities within universities in Nepal.
The seminar was attended by 70 media educators from the Kathmandu Valley and other districts including Kavre, Siraha, Kaski, Makawanpur and Jhapa. It was organized to share the experiences of using the UNESCO model curricula in revising the university courses.
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