University for media planned -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

Paksitan Press Foundtion

University for media planned

ISLAMABAD- The government has decided to set up a separate university for print and electronic media by merging three academies functioning under the ministry of information and media development, according to Information Secretary Syed Mehmood.

Academies of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, Pakistan Television and the one under the direct control of the ministry of information and media development are being merged for setting up the university, he said.

The university would be commissioned early next year and offer degrees and courses in different disciplines of radio, television and print media.

The ministry at present is evaluating pros and cons whether to have a separate charter for the proposed university or to affiliate with Quaid-i-Azam University, he said.

The courses offered at the university will be prepared in the light of changing world environment and the latest development in the print and electronic media. The university will also offer courses for on-line television and radio journalism, a relatively new medium.

The proposed university will be established by pooling resources and infrastructure of all the three academies for producing capable media persons in view of increasing competition in this arena.

An official at the ministry informed that Indian government not only encourages but also provides all out support to Indian journalists seeking employment in different international media organisation.
Source: Dawn
Date:8/13/2001