23rd Feb 2021 11:02:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

RONO HILLS, Feb 23: The Rajiv Gandhi University Research Scholars’ Forum (RGURSF) in a memorandum to Education Minister Taba Tedir has urged for introduction of Mass Communication & Journalism and Psychology in undergraduate degree courses at government colleges of the state.
Handing over the memorandum to Tedir at the Civil Secretariat today, the RGURSF delegation apprised him of the need to include Mass Communication and Psychology as subjects in the state’s higher education curriculum. Elaborating on the reasons for the proposal the delegation said that just as there is a growing need for media education across the world, the same is also felt in the state and there is necessity for a shift from the old means of communication for information sharing to the contemporary ones. It is important for the state’s colleges to educate students to critically analyse the ways the media represents reality so that they are better prepared to build their own opinions, the delegation asserted. Citing the recent instances where media was misused or abused resulting in various conflicts and ill-fated incidents like mob lynching, RGURSF underscored the need for guiding and empowering the state’s youths for getting equipped with new media technologies.
The forum further cited the examples of neighbouring states like Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram which offer Mass Communication & Journalism as a subject in government-run colleges. “In today’s digital age, media literacy is crucial for the development of citizenship skills needed to promote a thriving democracy which our neighbouring states have realized,” it argued. Introducing Mass Communication will not only help in creating a body of responsible and trained media professionals who will contribute to the state’s growth, but also offer separate posts of teachers to the hundreds of qualified degree holders who can teach in these courses, the delegation added. While urging the state government to start Psychology as a subject in colleges, RGURSF said it is already a part of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competition Exam (APPSCCE) and as it is required for personality development of students, its introduction at UG level will help in creating awareness on preventing various social evils like substance abuse, suicide etc.
The delegation informed that the Minister has shown optimism and has referred the matter to be taken up with the Commissioner Education and Directorate of Higher and Technical Education. 

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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