10 students win SAMAA media scholarships

Nov 30, -0001
Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: SAMAA launched the first-ever scholarship programme for Media students in Pakistan at an awards ceremony for 10 successful applicants at the Higher Education Commission Monday.

Samaa TV will be annually providing students from any public university across Pakistan a scholarship of Rs 50,000 per student to cover the tuition for a two-year MA in Mass Communication.

All of the successful candidates will, upon completion of their degree and a minimum score of GPA 3.0, be offered a one-year job contract with SAMAA TV with a salary at par with the industry standard and the relevant department

“The Higher Education Commission and SAMAA TV have taken a landmark initiative in promoting the industry-academia linkage network model,” said Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar-uz Zaman Kaira at the ceremony. “This is highly required for quality work force development in Pakistan. Such initiatives will strongly benefit business communities in tapping the knowledge being produced in the academia and will support the economic growth of our nation.”

SAMAA TV, one of Pakistan’s leading Urdu news channels, created the programme that runs in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission. The first batch of 10 students were selected from public universities across Pakistan. They were awarded their certificates by HEC Chairperson Shehnaz Wazir Ali.

The selected candidates for the HEC-SAMAA TV Scholarship Programme are Jaffar Hussain Pahnwar (University of Sindh), Muhammad Ashad (University of Karachi), Samar Abbas Qazafi (NUML), Usman Umer (Punjab University), Ghazala Zia (PU), Muhammad Atif Waheed (PU), Pawan Masaud Amna (PU), Muhammad Tauseef Sabih (PU), Hafiz Atiq ur-Rehman (PU) and Muhammad Qurban (PU).

SAMAA CEO Amir Jahangir spoke on the New Media age and said that, ”The media is evolving on a fast track and is now one of the key players in the development of any nation – be it social, political or economic role play. Global journalism and a competitive market now also demand a 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 footing”.

Jahangir also said that SAMAA TV believes in constructive innovation journalism, which is particularly relevant to Pakistan. “We, at SAMAA, believe that it is time to move from ‘raising a problem’ towards a solution-oriented perspective,” he said.

The scholarship programme took off when an MoU was signed with the Higher Education Commission on October 20, 2008. To ensure transparent selection and also to identify the most eligible and suitable candidates, a selection committee was established with representatives from the HEC, SAMAA TV, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ).

SAMAA TV, launched in December 2007, has network of district correspondents and five bureaus across Pakistan along with international stringers in the Middle East, Europe and North America. SAMAA






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