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4th National Media Conclave: A Tribute To Ex-Odisha CM Harekrushna Mahtab

Bhubaneswar: The fourth edition of National Media Conclave (NMC), organised by Institute of Media Studies (IMS) under Utkal University, was inaugurated virtually by Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday.

The two-day conclave is a tribute to former Chief Minister of Odisha Dr Harekrushna Mahtab and his journalistic works on the occasion of his 121st birth anniversary. It will deliberate on ‘Communication for Social Change’ which is the theme of this year’s conference along with four plenary sessions during the two days.

Inaugurating the event, Pradhan highlighted the developmental journalism practice of the former Chief Minister through his column ‘Gaon Majlis’. Dr Mahtab was a great freedom fighter, diplomat, politician, administrator, writer, social reformer and to top them all – a great journalist. He was fondly known as the “Lion of Odisha” or Utkal Keshari by the people. Through the Prajatantra, he created a platform for the budding writers of Odisha that laid the foundation stone for the development of future Odia literature, he said.

For the inclusive and holistic development of Odisha at large he left no stone unturned with the support of his contemporary leaders that created massive public support for him, he added. The Union Minister also released the logo of Dr. H.K. Mahtab Resource Centre.

Member of Lok Sabha and Editor of Prajatantra Bhartruhari Mahtab also spoke on the occasion.

In three plenary sessions on ‘Participatory Communication and Participatory Media’, ‘Cross Cultural Dialogue: The Shared Awareness’ and ‘Communication Technologies and Social Change’ on the first day, noted academicians and communication experts emphasised on participatory and ‘horizontal’ communication – such as stakeholder dialogue and consultation and bottom-up community media for creating spaces in which people can define development and give meaning to and claim their citizenship.

Among others, Vice-Chancellor of MGM University Prof. Dr Sudhir Gavhane, Vice-Chancellor of Haridev Joshi University of Journalism & Mass Communication, Jaipur Prof. Om Prakash Thanvi, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Adamas University, West Bengal Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury and Professor of Eminence, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Tezpur Central University Dr. Sunil Kanta Behera were present in the inaugural ceremony.

On Sunday, more than 100 academicians and scholars will read out their research papers in different parallel sessions. The entire conclave is being live streamed on Facebook (inmc2020) and YouTube (imsodisha) pages of the conclave, said conclave chairman and Director of IMS Prof. Upendra Padhi.


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