Different kinds of publications by students of batches 2012 and 2012 from Punjab Agricultural University’s (PAU) department of Agricultural Journalism, Languages and Culture have captured more than 25,000 centimeter’s of space in various English dailies of the country. This has been realised in the recently concluded study by Sarabjeet Singh, a professor from the department along with Jasmeet Kaur, a student of 2014 batch.
The study which is brain child of Singh, he while talking to Hindustan Times underlined that there was not one aim behind this study but several aims. “First of all we wanted to maintain performance records of the students which could also inspire future batches to write for the newspapers along with wrapping up degree. Secondly, it will also help the department to understand where it stands when compared to Journalism departments of other universities and colleges in the state or the country. Thirdly and most importantly, I along with other professors feel that such a study can boost confidence of the student and can easily lit the much needed spirit of competition among each other”, unfolded Singh who wants to popularise this study also at international level soon.
The same study will also be read by him at an upcoming All India Media Educators Conference (AIMEC) scheduled to be held in the maiden week of this April in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Here, thousands of Journalism students along with their professors from various pockets of the country will participate where aim of various debates and discussions will be on role of media in positive transformation of society, added Kaur who revealed that it took months to prepare this report.
Coming to the number of students who pursue two years masters programme here, there were 7 students in 2012 batch while only 4 students in 2014 batch out of which total publications are 571 which includes letters to the editor, debates, middles, feedback columns and even some special columns that touched many subjects included current topics and social issues.
However, if the number of publications are compared, 2014 students had 21 publications more than 2012 batch despite there were three students lesser in 2014 and on top of this, 2012 students took 203 days to make this number while 2014 students took only 161 days.
On being asked to students which column easily entertained their work, they said letters to the editor column which also connected them directly to the editors of the newspapers. “If we are to the point and have good ideas in our letter, it usually gets accepted and the best part is that appears the next day. However, middles do not get easily accepted. However, whenever we see our name in print it boosts lot of confidence and we are getting an opportunity to prepare for writing in newspapers along with our degree itself”, shared the four students Navneet Kaur Arora, Prabhleen Kaur, Amarpal Singh and Jasleen Kaur who helped compiling this paper.
In Hindustan Times alone including in main paper and local edition, a total of 204 pieces have been published by both the batches where the students are most active in letters and debate.
Meanwhile, PAU’s VC BS Dhillon has directed the department to compile the contributions and achievements of renowned agricultural scientists from PAU who took agriculture to new heights. Professors along with students are already working on this assignment.
On the other hand, this department has not been involved in Centre of Communication and International Linkages (CCIL) which according to former heads of CCIL can bring professionalism in the functioning of the centre and it can directly benefit the university to make better connect with both media and farmers.
Moreover, the department can also play an important role to popularise the ignored old correspondence of PAU’s second VC MS Randhawa which is placed in the library and not many are aware about it, they suggested.