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Media Personality G M Mourtoza Awarded

Rajshahi, November 20: Bangladesh Debate Federation (BDF) offered special award to media personality G M Mourtoza for his outstanding contribution in encouraging debate practice to flourish creativity of the students and youth community in Rajshahi region.

He was awarded in an auspicious function held at Rajshahi District Council Auditorium on Monday. Chief Guest in the function former Advisor of the Care Taker Government of Bangladesh M Hafiz Uddin Khan handed over the award to G M Mourtoza. Noted litterateur Prof Hasan Azizul Hoque, Freedom Fighter Prof Shamsul Alam Bir Protik, Regional Chief of Banglalink Jahir Uddin Md Nadib and President of BDF Tasinuddin Ahmed attended the function as special guests. With sponsorship and cooperation of Banglalink and BDF, Group of Liberal Debators (GOLD)-Rajshahi University (RU) organized this function. The winners and debaters of the Inter-university Debate Championship were also awarded in the function.

Notably, mass communication oriented knowledge centre CCD Bangladesh patronized by media personality G M Mourtoza has been organizing debate workshops and competitions for last several years to enhance skills, capacity, leadership quality and creativity of the students and youth community in Rajshahi region. In the history of Rajshahi University, CCD has arranged for the first time inter-department debate competition, inter-college debate competition, inter-personal debate competition, parliamentary debate competition, debate festival, orientation, workshop and training courses here. The participants and beneficiaries of the debate programs of CCD formed GOLD with the patronization of CCD Bangladesh.

CCD authority thanked officials and members of BDF, GOLD and Banglalink for presenting  G M Mourtoza special award.

TTT Workshop in Information Literacy for South and Central Asia concluded in India

A three daylong workshop in Information Literacy has successfully concluded on 7 November 2008, at Punjabi University in Patiala, India. This Workshop, which is one in the series of eleven IFAP-funded TTT workshops, is organized by the Department of Library and Information Science of Punjabi University from 5 to 7 November. The workshop was inaugurated through a colorful opening ceremony on 5 November 2008, at Senate Hall of the Punjabi University in Patiala, India.

Dr Amrik Singh, educationist and former Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University, inaugurated the Workshop. In his address, he stressed the importance of information literacy training at school level and of the need to promote wider use of knowledge and information through informal channels.

Mr. Sidhu Damdami, Editor of Punjabi Tribune (a daily newspaper), in his presentation of a media perspective of information literacy, observed that World Wide Web has taken the shape of 'wild wild web'. He emphasized the need to promote information literacy to save the innocent minds from further damage. He also felt that the information literacy campaigns should be directed towards providing knowledge to the adults.

The Workshop (The tenth UNESCO Training-the-Trainers (TTT) aims at providing a platform for creating a pool of trainers in information literacy who will impart information and media literacy skills to the graduate and post-graduate students and researchers in their respective institutions across the sub-regions.

About 50 participants and 10 resource persons from the South and Central Asia are attending the event, which is the successor of two information literacy sub-regional workshops held in South Asia:  

  • International Workshop on Information Skills for Learning, organized by National Institute of Library and Information Sciences (NILIS) in Colombo from 1 to 5 November 2004; and 

Resource persons and participants from Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turkmenistan have stressed the importance of information literacy curricula for library and media schools in South and Central Asia. As a result of this discussion, a working group has been created in order to develop a model of such curriculum, in consultations with teachers, professional associations and other stakeholders in the respective regions.

Mr. G M Mourtoza, Director of CCD and renowned media activist of Bangladesh took part in the workshop as a resource person. CCD will arrange a number of such kind workshops and orientation courses on Information Literacy in Bangladesh in near feature.

Prof. Jagtar Singh, Head of the Department of Library and Information Science and Dean of Faculty of Education and Information Science of Punjabi University has successfully coordinated the workshop.

Online Radio Broadcasting Training Workshop conclude in Nepal

Online radio has a lot of potentiality to raise marginalized people’s voices and create massive awareness on several socio-development issues and policy advocacy as well.

It was expressed in a weeklong Online Radio Broadcasting Training Workshop held from 19 to 23 June at Panos South Asia Media Centre in Kathmandu. Panos South Asia (PSA) is a part of a family of Panos Institute worldwide organised the training workshop.

The aims of the workshop were to provide know-how on the potential of the Internet offers to radio and point them to ways of incorporating it in their respective media outlets' strategy. Based on hands-on training in digital technologies, the workshop curriculum have covered the issues of distributing material online and the techniques of streaming content to global audiences. Trainees have acquainted with the latest real-time on-line broadcasting technologies, as well as with the fundamentals of digitisation of multimedia input, encoding, compression standards and online audio streaming. 

Mr. Kishor Pradhan, Country Representative of Panos Nepal and Mr. Karun Thapa, one of the key ICT & e-media expert of Nepal have conducted the technical sessions of the training. Mr. Sathis, Ms. Dawa and Ms. Katha provided all-out support to successfully arrange the training workshop.

A total of 22 participants comprising broadcasters, journalists, multimedia developers and communication and ICT professionals attended the workshop. The participants where come from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Srilanka, Bhutan and Nepal. 

Mr. G M Mourtoza, Director of communication based knowledge centre CCD Bangladesh also took part in the workshop as a resource person.

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