Bhutan Media Foundation (BMF) and Sherubtse College on September 28 signed an MoU on collaboration in the newly introduced media studies in the college.
The executive director of BMF, Dawa Penjor,and board member Needrup Zangpo were at Sherubtse College from September 27-29 to discuss BMF’s possible support to the college’s media studies programme.
According toDawa Penjor, BMF’s support to the programme will consist of guest lectures, specialised training programmes, workshops, and seminars on various aspects of journalism and media. He said this initiative will not only provide an opportunity for BMF to work with the first such undergraduate programme in Bhutan’s public university system with the mission to train and prepare the next generation of reporters, writers and producers for a profession in Bhutan’s changing media landscape,but also help realise one of BMF’s core mandates of ‘fostering and strengthening professionalism’ in the media sector.
As part of the collaboration, BMF will facilitate the students and faculty members of Sherubtse College to intern with the Bhutanese, Indian and international media houses. BMF will also assist in establishing exchange programmes for students and faculty members of Sherubtse with colleges and institutes abroad. Further, BMF will support the strengthening of the student newsletter and campus radio at Sherubtse.
Through this collaboration, Sherubtse College will offer one slot or two slots for in-service Bhutanese media professionals to pursue undergraduate degree in media studies. Dawa Penjor said, “This will be a big opportunity for in-service media professionals to upgrade their academic qualifications, and more so for those who had to discontinue their studies due to personal or financial reasons.” BMF will identify the candidates who fulfill admission criteria set by the college. The scholarship will start from the 2014 academic year.
The two BMF officials also gave a lecture to the media students on media rights, freedom, and responsibilities, and shared their experiences of working for the Bhutanese media.
A press release from BMF said, “It has been the plan of BMF to support in-country journalism and mass communication programmes in colleges and institutes since its establishment. This is a pilot initiative and the success of this initiative will determine the future expansion of the collaboration.”