.:: SAMAA - PAKISTANI MEDIA AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP AND JOB OFFER TO NEW MEDIA TALENT THROUGH HEC-SAMAA TV SCHOLARASHIP PROGRAMME.
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PAKISTANI MEDIA AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP AND JOB OFFER TO NEW MEDIA TALENT THROUGH HEC-SAMAA TV SCHOLARASHIP PROGRAMME.
âThe Higher Education Commission and SAMAA TV has taken a landmark initiative in promoting the Industry-Academia Linkage network model, which is highly required for the future quality work force development in Pakistan. Such initiatives will strongly benefit the business communities in tapping the knowledge being produced in the academia and support the economic growth of our nationâ-Mr. Qamar-Uz-Zaman Kaira, Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting
Islamabad, 8th June 2009 â Today, the first Scholarship programme for Media students in Pakistan announced its first batch of successful candidates at an award ceremony held at the Higher Education Commission in Islamabad.
SAMAA TV, one of Pakistanâs leading urdu news channels, in joint collaboration with the Higher Education Commission today awarded scholarships to selected media students of public universities across Pakistan through the HEC-SAMAA TV Scholarship Programme. The successful students were awarded certificates by Ms. Shehnaz Wazir Ali, Chairperson HEC.
Speaking at the media conference, Chief Guest, Mr. Qamar-Uz-Zaman Kaira, Federal Minister of Information & Broadcasting applauded HEC and SAMAA TV for taking a landmark initiative and developing the first scholarship programme targeted for media students. âThis has highlighted the need for developing and catering the potential within our youth who carry the aspiration of pursuing a career in the media industry. This scholarship has further endorsed the importance of the public-private partnership model, which is the future road for improving the socio-economic situation in our country, as engaging all stakeholders across the board makes the journey more focused, result oriented and achievableâ.
The selected candidates for the HEC-SAMAA TV Scholarship Programme are Mr. Jaffar Hussain Pahnwar (University of Sindh), Mr. Muhammad Ashad (University of Karachi), Mr. Samar Abbas Qazafi (NUML), Mr. Usman Umer (Punjab University), Ms. Ghazala Zia (PU), Mr. Muhammad Atif Waheed (PU), Ms. Pawan Masaud Amna (PU), Mr. Muhammad Tauseef Sabih (PU), Mr. Hafiz Atiq ur-Rehman (PU), Mr. Muhammad Qurban (PU).
Mr. Amir Jahangir, Chief Executive Officer of SAMAA TV spoke on the new media age and said that âThe media is evolving on a fast track and is now one of the key players in the development of any nation â be it social, political or economic role play. The global journalism and competitive market now also demands quality work force. This scholarship programme is a step towards bridging the gaps between the academia and industry and creating the quality work force required to take Pakistan forward and position our country on a more competitive global footingâ.
Mr. Jahangir also said that SAMAA TV believes in constructive innovation journalism, which is particularly relevant to Pakistan, as since long the local media has relentlessly only pursued the countryâs challenges. He said that âWe, at SAMAA believe that it is time to move from âraising a problemâ towards a solution oriented perspectiveâ. Mr. Jahangir announced ten (10) new scholarships for mass communication students of public universities across Pakistan.
The Scholarship Programme took its start through the signing of a MoU with the Higher Education Commission on 20th October 2008. Samaa TV will through this scholarship programme be providing (10) students from any public university across Pakistan with a scholarship of Rs. 50.000/- per student to cover the tuition fee for two years of Masterâs level degree in Mass Communication. All of the successful candidates will upon completion of education and a min. scoring of GPA 3.0 be offered a one year job contract with SAMAA TV with salary at par with the industry standard and with desired department
To ensure a transparent selection and also to identify the most eligible and suitable candidate, a selection committee was established consisting of representatives from the HEC, SAMAA TV, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and Pakistan Federal Union Journalist (PFUJ). Each of the organizations carries an in-depth insight into the needs of a professional media person, who can become an asset to the development of the media industry.
Samaa will through this initiative be creating potential and talent for the media industry and also be building the capacity of young individuals, who have the talent but lack the resources to achieve their educational standards. By financially supporting a talent, Samaa will be playing its active role in bringing a positive change in the social, political and economic scenario in Pakistan.
SAMAA TV is one of Pakistanâs leading private satellite television channels, which takes pride in its fair, factual and independent news coverage through its on-the-hour bulletins, breaking stories, incisive political analysis and current affairs programs. The channel has also made a niche for itself through its programs on women and youth issues besides infotainment and sports. SAMAA TV, launched in December 2007 has network of district correspondents and 5 bureaus across Pakistan along with international stringers in the Middle East, Europe and North America.