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HRDN moot calls for capacity building of journalists

By Rasheed Khalid

Islamabad: Appreciating NGOs, Gul Muhammad Jakarani, Parliamentary Secretary of Education, has said non-governmental organisations were doing many things, which were actually the job of the government.

He stated this while addressing a meeting of Human Resource Development Network (HRDN) titled ‘Sustainable synergies: building capacities of members’ at the auditorium of National Institute of Banking and Finance here Saturday.

Mr Jakarani said that the programme of HRDN on young women professional should be scaled up. He assured to extend any assistance to HRDN in the future. Dr. Noor Fatima said that media is no longer a state’s spokesperson. She said that mere a degree in journalism or mass communication is not enough. Media, she said, is undergoing such a change that it needs human resource development and capacity building. The talk shows are opinion-makers.

She referred to Kerry-Lugar Law for which media was criticised also. She said that breaking news reaches in living rooms in minutes and it creates expectations also in the public. She said that state institutions failed in providing sugar to the people and media brought the fact to the masses.

Prof. Amanaullah from Rifah University said that media had a role to play due to its access to everyone including school going children. Without media, he said, no political leader has value or power in todayÂ’s world. You can access the lectures of Harvard and Yale University because of media. He highlighted the importance of skills and mind-sent in media.

Munir Ahmad, a former journalist, said that media now has become profit-oriented and agenda-based. He said that most of workshops are now only held for the hack of them. He appealed for holding workshop for capacity building of media persons.

Kamran Akbar from Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) said that HRD should be developed while focusing on poverty. Masud-ul-Malik from Sarhad Rural Support Programme, said that the health budget of the whole world is less than what is expended on cosmetics and people in the developed world spend more on ice-cream than the total budget of the developing nations.

Roomi Saeed Hayat, Fauzia B Malik and Robeela Bangash from HRDN, MA Cheema from IUCN, Tahir Saleem and Grace T Shaikh also spoke on the occasion.
Source: The News
Date:11/16/2009