print-week-2014-frontGurgaon, January 31, 2014: The School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) of the Apeejay Stya University celebrated its Annual Print Week from 27th–31st January 2014 at its campus in Sohna, Gurgaon (Delhi-NCR).

“The purpose of the Print Week 2014 was to celebrate India’s Print Media, which is a thriving industry, as more and more newspapers, magazines and publishing houses are being launched all over the country. India’s top newspaper journalists such as Sidharth Vardarajan, Narayani Ganesh and Pamela Philipose were invited to interact with the SJMC students, besides having quiz, debates, creative writing and cartoon drawing competitions,” said Prof. Pervaiz Alam, Dean, SJMC.

The university’s vice chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) K.K. Dwivedi and Ms. Narayani Ganesh, Associate Editor, Times of India, inaugurated an exhibition on the history of print media, organised by the SJMC students. “Indian print media has not looked back since the Britishers launched the first major newspaper in India, The Bengal Gazette, by James Augustus Hickey in 1780, when India was occupied by the British Empire. The Times of India and the Hindustan Times are considered to be two of the largest circulated newspapers in the world,” said Dr. K.K Dwivedi, inaugurating the Print Week.

Later, Ms. Narayani Ganesh, Associate Editor, Times of India, and Editor of the Speaking Tree, shared her experiences of working in the print industry for more than two decades. She said, “Newspapers have recently played a crucial role in creating awareness on so many issues such as climate change, pollution and environmental hazards”. There was a question & answer session with the students and faculty members, immediately after the programme ‘In conversation with Narayani Ganesh’.

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The major attraction of the Print Week 2014 was the launch of the 2nd edition of the SJMC newsletter, ASU Express, by two of India’s senior journalists – Ms. Pamela Philipose and Mr. Sidharth Varadarajan. Prof. Ashok Ogra, Director, Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication & Hon. Advisor of the School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Apeejay Stya University introduced senior journalist Sidharth Varadarajan to the audience. Mr. Varadarajan delivered Annual Print Week 2014 Lecture on 'The AAP Effect in 2014'.

Former Associate of the Indian Express, columnist and author, Ms Pamela Philipose, delivered a lecture on ‘Gender and Journalism’.

Yet another highlight of the Print Week was a session on ‘Book Publishing’. An upcoming author, Mr. Pankaj Dubey, read excerpts from his first novel ‘WHAT A LOSER!’ The young author shared his excitement as well as experience of writing his first book with Apeejay Stya University students.

Later, Ms. Renu Agal, Commissioning Editor, Penguin Books India, talked about the ‘State of Book Publishing in India’.

Print Week also saw ‘Just a Minute’, quiz and debates, organised by the ASU Rotaract Club, in association with the SJMC students.