The Karnataka Media Academy is celebrating its 30th anniversary and as part of the celebrations, the Academy is hosting a State-level seminar on ‘Right to Information (RTI) and Media’ in association with the Dept. of Information and Mysore District Journalists Association (MDJA) in city, said K. Deepak, General Secretary of MDJA.

Addressing a press meet at Patrakarthara Bhavan here yesterday, he said the two-day event will begin on Feb. 23 at Rani Bahaddur auditorium of B.N. Bahaddur Institute of Management Sciences in Manasagangotri at 10 am. Karnataka High Court Judge H.N. Nagamohana Das and State Information Commissioner J.S. Virupakshaiah will inaugurate the seminar.

The chief guests at the seminar include Media Academy Chairman M.A. Ponnappa, Information Dept. Director N.R. Vishukumar, Academy member Amshi Prasannakumar and Star of Mysore Editor-in-Chief K.B. Ganapathy. MDJA President C.K. Mahendra will preside.

There will be three sessions in the seminar in which eminent personalities from various fields will participate. The first session on ‘RTI and its effective application’ which will begin at 12 noon on the inaugural day, will be presided over by S.R. Hiremath, Convenor, Samaja Parivartana Trust, Dharwad. Administrative Training Institute (ATI) Director- General Dr. Amita Prasad and columnist Y.G. Muralidhar will present the topic, while B.S. Satyanarayana, journalist, Udaya TV, Bangalore and senior journalist Ravindra Bhat will counter the arguments. Journalist C.J. Rajiva will conduct the session. Senior journalist Krishna Vattam will be present.

At session-2 on ‘RTI: Pros & Cons’ which begins at 2.30 pm, Dr. R. Balasubramanium, Founder of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, will preside. The participants are N.A.M. Ismail, senior journalist, Prajavani, Bangalore; Rishikesh Bahaddur Desai, senior journalist, The Hindu, Bidar. Dr. M.S. Sapna, Asst. Professor of Journalism, Mysore University, Rohini, Asst. Director of Information, Bangalore and journalist Niranjan Nikkam will counter the arguments. Satyanarayana will conduct the session. Senior journalist K.V. Srinivasan will be present.

The third session will be held on Feb. 24 at 10 am. The session on ‘RTI and challenges’ will be presided over by K.M. Gayatri, General Manager (Administration and Human Resource), CESC. Ravi Krishna Reddy, Editor of, Bangalore; M. Lakshmana, Convenor, ACICM, will deliberate on the topic which will be countered by Niveditha, HoD of Journalism, Mahajana College and Nagaraja Shreshti, senior journalist, Udayavani. Mahadevappa, Chief Editor, Kannadigara Prajanudi, will be present. B. Raghavendra will counter-argue on the topic, Deepak explained.

The seminar will conclude at 12 noon with a valedictory function which will be presided over by Gangadhara Modaliyar, President of Karnataka Union of Working Journalists, Bangalore. K. Chennabasappa, writer and Chairman of 79th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana, will deliver the valedictory address.

Andolana Editor Rajashekara Koti will be the chief guest on the occasion.

Journalists and students from Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Madikeri, Bangalore, Raichur and other districts will attend the seminar, he added.

MDJA President C.K. Mahendra, Vice-Presidents Bherya Mahesh & Pragathi Gopalakrishna and Amshi Prasannakumar were present at the press meet.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore