KARACHI: Students associated with the media need revised curriculum, and research-oriented hard work for a better career, because in the past 15 years, there has been a revolutionary change in Pakistan’s now thriving media sector.
These were some of the sentiments which were expressed by Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, as he addressed the youth present at “Transforming Youth Media Summit”, an event jointly organized by Publicity Channel and Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sindh.
Other speakers at the event were Special Secretary Youth Affairs, Dr Riaz Siddiqui, renowned journalist Mazhar Abbas, ex-Director Corporate Affairs Dr Sajid Hussain, Afia Salam, a trainer, senior drama producer Kazim Pasha, CEO Publicity Channel Naeem Qureshi, Project Head Ruqiya Naeem, news anchor Sana Mirza, Rizwan Ja’far, columnist and industrialist Mirza Ishtiaq Baig, General Manager SSGS Shahbaz Islam, Shehnaz Ramzi, Dr. Kaiser Waheed, Saleem Mughal, Dr Shahzad Ali Sarwar and others.
Chief guest on the occasion, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui said that the new tools of social media and the internet serve to facilitate media students, who now have greater access to attaining political and social awareness through various programs which are aired highlighting social issues, crime, human rights, peace and education.
He expressed his profound admiration for Publicity Channel for having pulled off what he termed an excellent event, which would benefit the students. Special Secretary Youth Affairs, Dr Riaz Siddiqui said that the media students of the present era have become much more capable due to easy access to knowledge.
Other speakers and experts highlighted the positive and negative aspects of media and talked about freedom of media, event management, drama, social media, radio, and the promotion of information.
A competition for students in the areas of short TV documentary, radio documentary, photography and essay writing was also organized. In photography, Jinnah University for Women bagged the 1st prize, Federal Urdu University stood 2nd, and Karachi University remained 3rd.
In essay writing, students from Karachi University clinched all three positions. In documentary film competition, Karachi University won the 1st and 2nd prize, while Jinnah University for Women bagging t3rd prize. In radio documentary category, Karachi University won the 1st and 3rd prize, while Federal Urdu University secured 2nd prize.
In the short film category, Muhammad Ali Jinnah University won the prize. Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui, Dr Riaz Siddiqui, Naeem Qureshi, Ruqiya Naeem, Salahuddin Haider and Afia Salam distributed prizes among the winning participants. Support for this event was provided by Adamjee Insurance and Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd.