The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Punjabi University, Patiala, honoured Toronto-based journalist and founder member of the Punjabi University Alumni Association Harjit Bajwa during a programme today. This programme was organised in coordination with the Alumni Association.
While honouring Bajwa, Dr. Gurnam Singh, Dean, Academics, said the Alumni Association had covered 65 departments of the university and had opened its chapters in Vancouver and Toronto also. He said efforts were afoot to open another chapter of the association in the US. He added that the aim of the today's programme was to bring the alumni and currents students on a single platform where the students could benefit from their experiences.
Interacting with the students, Harjit Bajwa urged them to take up challenges in their lives and dream big. Quoting former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam, he said," Dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep." While commenting on opportunities for budding journalists abroad, Bajwa said Canada had a vibrant media that offered immense opportunities to students from Punjab. He also urged the students to work for the development and growth of the Punjabi language.
Honouring the guests, Dr. Happy Jeji, officiating head of the Department, said the university had played a great role in producing the professionals, who were playing a prominent role in the development of the country. She said everyone who belonged to the university had an added responsibility of nurturing the Punjabi language and culture.
The programme was presided over by Dr. Jagjit Kaur, Professor, Khalsa College, Delhi. She congratulated Bajwa on his successful career in journalism and wished him good luck for future endeavours. She urged the students to play a constructive role in the development of the country and society through journalism.
Prof. Amritpal Kaur, Additional Dean, Student Welfare; Prof. Gurmeet Mann, Director, Centre for Advanced Media Studies; Dr. Sunita Dhir, an eminent actor and Professor at the Department of Theatre and Television Studies; Prof. Gurcharan Singh from the Department of Theatre and Television Studies; and Prof. Navjit Singh Johal from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication were also present on the occasion.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Nancy Devinder Kaur, who said Punjabi as a language would not lose its essence and remain a vibrant language in the future.