ISLAMABAD: AGAHI, Pakistan’s leading institution for futures research and the country partner of the Millennium-Project, a Global Futures Studies, research participatory think-tank and the co-founders of Pakistan’s premier annual Journalism AGAHI Awards, created a scholarship for Journalism Excellence in Pakistan. The scholarship has been created in collaboration with the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi.
Puruesh Chaudhary, Founder & President of AGAHI stated “Pakistan has one of the largest youth populations in the world, and they are the future of the country; it is vital that we invest in them by facilitating them in gaining meaningful skills that will help them prosper”. She further said, “We hope this industry-academia partnership would improve the state of journalism and supports the vision of AGAHI in shaping the future of journalism in Pakistan and beyond.” The joint scholarship will support a top scholar for two years of the Master’s in Journalism program who will be called the AGAHI Scholar at CEJ.
The nomination for the scholarship was made by the CEJ management after reviewing and selecting the candidate with the highest merit with exceptional work history at the institute. On the occasion, Kamal Siddiqi, the Director of the Centre for Excellence in Journalism said, “The Master’s of Science in Journalism Program that started this year at IBA is different from any such program across the country. At our state-of-the-art facilities, we offer the Master’s program, which combines traditional journalism knowledge and know-how with instruction in cutting edge technologies such as data journalism and digital media.” He added, “Our students are chosen entirely on merit and we pride in selecting a student body comprised of a good mix in terms of gender and geographical diversity. For some of those who make it this far but lack financial resources, we are keen to connect them with respected media entities like AGAHI who have committed to support them through this program.” He further said, “We are grateful to AGAHI for this help which will hopefully bring a better trained and grounded journalist into the field in the years to come.”
The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) is an initiative for the professional development, training and networking of Pakistani journalists and media professionals. The Centre is closely linked with the Pakistani news media industry and works under an advisory board comprising of some of Pakistan’s most prominent and experienced editors and media professionals. Independent journalists and media professionals are also invited to participate. The CEJ actively hosts talks and panel discussions that are free and open to the journalism community.
AGAHI is a not-for-profit organization established in Islamabad in 2011 under the Society Registration Act 1860. Its primary function is to create non-paid communication strategies, content intelligence structures, development collaterals and tools for diverse sectors and organizations. AGAHI encourages and advises individuals and institutions in pursuing and supporting initiatives to improve the state of development in Pakistan. It works on developmental frameworks facilitating information and knowledge sharing platforms on understanding challenges in global perspective. Its research work mainly focuses on national and international security, ICT, competitiveness, human security, and governance. AGAHI in association with several leading national and international partners focuses on creating shared spaces for interactive learning, collaborative thinking, and knowledge sharing. It is at the forefront of devising foresight research and future scenarios work in Pakistan. AGAHI works with highly motivated and qualified professionals who have substantial experience in learning and leadership development.
Published in The Balochistan Point on March 6, 2018