New Delhi, August 20, 2013: As a part of their educational trip, the students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC), Apeejay Stya University (ASU), were recently taken on an official visit to the All India Radio (AIR) and the headquarters of India’s main opposition party, Bhartiya Janata Party & the ruling Congress Party in New Delhi.

At the AIR, the SJMC students were welcomed by Parthasarthi S. Thapaliyal, Programme Executive, at the historic building of the All India Radio, located near the Indian Parliament. He took students to various studios and also the tapes library. The students observed radio artists from the music department, rehearsing just before their recordings and also the Radio Archives.

Later, students were taken to the offices of Ms. Vijay Laxmi Chhabra, Additional Director General of the All India Radio, where they discussed a number of issues with her, including the status of the AIR as an autonomous body. The students also briefed the additional DG of AIR about their future plans and what programmes they propose to make for Styavani, the online radio network of ASU. They also visited the AIR FM Rainbow studios where they saw a live programme being broadcast.

The SJMC students then visited 11 Ashoka Road, the headquarters of India’s main opposition BJP, and briefly interacted with the National Spokesperson of the BJP, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, who very gracefully found time for the ASU students and allowed them to click pictures with her. Students were also handed over the BJP’s press release for the day.

The next destination for the students was 24 Akbar Road, headquarter of India’s ruling Congress Party, where they attended a large press conference with India’s media representatives in a big hall.

The final activity in the schedule was having refreshments at the famous Press Club of India on Raisina Road, where the SJMC students had a discussion around Indian politics. It was a truly learning experience for the students.

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