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VC asks journalists to criticize for sake of improvement

PESHAWAR: Vice Chancellor of University of Peshawar, Professor Dr Muhammad Rasool Jan asked journalists community to make criticism for improvement and also highlight positive steps taken by varsity.
Speaking to graduates of News lab and Interactive Theater during a ceremony held at Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Khan Auditorium on Thursday, Vice Chancellor further said the journalism is a new phenomenon in the country as compared to the world. The ceremony was organized under the aegis of Aitebar Project for the recently graduated journalists from News Lab.
Prof Dr Altafullah, Chairman of Journalism and Mass Community, Bushra Iqbal Hussain, Amjad Qamar, Nisar Aziz, Atif Afzal, Shakil Kaka Khel, faculty members and students were also in attendance.
Regarding the challenges, he remarked that journalism was going through critical stage in our country and it faced challenges in shape of militancy and extremism. Mr. Jan who was also chief guest on the occasion further opined that carrying out professional work in the region is more risky and that it (region) was not so friendly for journalists.
We will move towards betterment when constructive and meaningful journalism is taking place he added. He asked journalists to highlight the steps taken by varsity to establish Criminology and Forensic Science department at varsity after it started graduating students in Peace and Conflict Study.
Dr Altafullah in his address said the Aitebar project did tremendous work by diverting the concentration of journalists towards social sector instead of crimes related incidents. The program solely focused on security and justice side besides letting journalists know the culture of news lab, he said and adding the training would improve professional skills and capabilities of working journalists.
Bushra Iqbal Hussain while talking to participants said that they had trained 75 journalists along with 18 women in five sessions of news lab. She claimed they achieved targets in less resource which is a matter of joy for the Aitebar project. Regarding the news stories created by journalists, she informed they produced 600 news stories in various sectors including drugs, traffic, police, education, health, consumer rights, cultural and sports related issues.
Because of the endeavors of Aitebar project, the hidden talent, strengths and skills of journalist came to surface, she claimed.
Atif Afzal of Theatre Show, Grace Jhones, Head of News Lab, Shakil Kaka Khel of Aitebar project also delivered speeches on the occasion and eulogized the role of Aitebar project in training journalists.



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