First Prof PP Singh Memorial Lecture held
Chandigarh, March 13, 2018: School of Communication Studies at PU celebrated the 77th Foundation Day with the first Prof PP Singh memorial Lecture named after its founder. Mr.H K Dua, an alumnus of SCS and student of Prof PP Singh delivered the lecture. Padma BhushanMr. HK Dua, a renowned journalist who has been the editor of 4 newspapers and former member of the RajyaSabha called this a homecoming.
Mr.Dua stressed upon the role of free press in a democracy. He said that Freedom of Press is under threat because of corporatisation He shared a report about journalists who had lost their lives in the line of duty. Mr.Dua stated that `Without freedom of press there can be no freedom for the people”. He encouraged the students’ to take up the profession of journalism fearlessly. Saying that this profession is not for the `chicken hearted’ he said “1.3 billion stories are around you waiting to be reported.”
Prof Arun K Grover, in his address spoke about the importance of media education and that SCS should take the lead to further collaborate with other departments and work towards creating a larger school of Art. He stressed upon the interdisciplinary nature of media studies which are a meeting ground for performing and fine arts. He suggested to the alumni to come forward in helping the school realize its full potential.
The Chairperson, Prof Archana R Singh in her welcome address gave a background about the endowment from the Punjab University Journalists Association which was the first alumni network. This endowment has ensured that this lecture can be organized once in every two years.
The event was a memorial tribute to Prof. Prithvi Pal Singh, the founder of Journalism education in India at the University of Punjab at Lahore. Prof Singh was a relentless pioneer who went on to re-establish the department at Delhi post partition. He further reorganized the department in 1962 at Chandigarh when the University was set up here.
The event witnessed the presence of several alumni from the earliest of batches. Vice Chancellor, PU, Prof. Arun Kumar Grover presided over the event. Dean Alumni Relations, Prof Anil Monga and Former VC Prof. RP Bambah were also present. The oldest Alumnus of the Department, Mr SD Bhambri, addressed the gathering through video. PU documentary produced by SCS was screened at the event and a documentary about SCS and its glorious history prepared by the students was also screened.