This wonderful tour was organized by Dr. Raghavendra Mishra assistant professor Assam University Silchar. He was accompanied by Dr. Paromita Das and 28 students both male and female. The students come from PG course in Assam University Mass Communication Department. We started our tour on 17 February, Friday at 9:30 a.m. morning with packed breakfast and lunch.
We are deeply thankful to our Guide Teachers Dr.Paromita Das and Dr. Raghavendra Mishra for their support and willing to conduct the same. We are especially thankful to our Head of the Department Dr.G.P. Pandey for granting the tour. Special thanks to our family & friends. This beautiful journey wouldn’t have been possible without their kind support. Thank you once again to all of them.
- 17th February 2017-
The reporting time was before 9:30 a.m. at Silchar Railway station, where the much awaited journey begins. The deperture time was 10:30 am. Our train was ‘Kanchanjanga Express’ from Silchar to Guwahati. We reached Guwahati on the same day at about 10 p.m. and spent the night on a Hotel near the Railway station. And left for the next train early morning before the sun rises.
- 18th & 19th February 2017-
Our 2nd train was ‘Sampark Kanti Express’ from Guwahati to Mughal Saray we reached on the next day at midnight 2 p.m. on 19th February. From where we shift to Varanasi by road which was 25 k.m. from Mughal Saray Railway Station. Reached Varanasi early morning.
We stayed in Varanasi for two days i.e., 19th and 20th February. And visited many historical and cultural monuments and cultural heritage of ancient times. We visited Ram Nagar Fort, the Ghats of Ganga, and numerous historical monuments. We spent an Evening in Banaras Hindu University, that was such an amazing experience i had. The University was a such a giant that it feels I’m in a big city.
We left from Banaras in 21st February at 3 p.m for Mughal Saray station and from there to Delhi by Mahabodhi Express. This journey goes on till 22nd February 2017 at about 11 am which was supposed to be around 5 a.m. in the morning. Due to the delayed train our 1st visit to IIMC was also delayed.
- 22nd February to 28th February:
We were staying in Delhi at Paharganj in Hotel Maharani Palace for rest of the days left in our tour.
At Delhi, our first visit was in Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), we reached there in late due to the delayed train, they welcomed us so warmly and took a special session with us which were very interactive. The faculty members of the institution makes us learn so many things in just one our which was incredible for me.
The same day we visited All India Radio at 3 p.m where we met Mr. Samrat Bandapadhay, the Deputy director of All India Radio, Delhi. He was mentoring us in the visit, he took us to the studio room of All India Radio, Delhi station and then we had an amazing session with Mr. Bandapadhay, the man who knows everything under the Sun. We introduced ourselves and our aim in future and he discussed about that field we choose about our future prospects on that particular field. After a long session we left from there.
We had two media visit on 23rd February, Parliament of India and Rajya Sabha Television (RSTV). Both were great learning experience for me and others. It was once in a lifetime opportunity for me to visit the parliament house.There we learned various facts about parliament and our democratic process.
We entered into the parliament at 10:10 am in the morning and take some time in the reception, after sometime we entered into the parliament house accompanied by Mr. Santosh Kr. Prasad, Senior security assistant. He took us to the various sections in the parliament along with the Parliament Meusium and both Upper House and Lower house.
After Parliament visit the next on same day was scheduled for Rajya Sabha Television (RSTV) visit, we reached there at around the 3 pm in the evening. There we spent about 3 hour and learned lot of things regarding TV production and online live editing and broadcasting. There we realized only classroom lectures are not a limit of learning.
24th February :
It was predetermined that we gonna visit at least two three news agencies, but due some circumstances from both the ends we could manage to visit only one News Agncy The United News of India one of the premiere news agencies of India. During the UNI visit we met the newsroom and Newsdesk of the different department of the agency. The agency has three departments of three languages viz., English, Hindi and Urdu.
25th February :
It was already decided to visit at least one Private news channel in our media tour. Private neqs channels are an integral part of media industry of our countrt. There are hundreds of private news channels across India in different languages. Though their operations are different from public service broadcasting, due to the fact that they are advertising driven.
We visited Live India and learned various facts about how a private news channel gathers news and run their channel in competitive market. they tookus to the mews room, editing rooms, amd the broadcasting room. Live India has a large studio set up with all Modern technology that a news channel need to have. They have amazing lightning, croma effects and cameras.
26th Feb-Aagra by Road:
26th February was another day of early rise in the morning, as we have to left for Agra at 6 a.m in the morning, we instructed to get ready before 5:30. Rising before 5:30 am in the morning was almost like fighting war against the cold wind. But we managed to get up and report in said time.
We left from Delhi to Aagra early morning as we have to reach there before noon and to return by night it. We reached Aagra at about 12 am and collected tickets for visiting The Aagra Fort and Taj Mahal respectively. Both Agra Fort and Taj Mahal were belongs to the same same Mughal dynasty.
We first visited Agra Fort, and then had launch at an expensive yet low quality Dhaba. Then we went to visit The Taj Mahal, there was big rush in the Taj Mahal, thousands of people come to visit the Mahal from All over the world.
I think I’m not that much grown up to describe the essence of Taj Mahal, thought I have visited and studied a little about it. Mahal is a global entity, it’s famous for what it is. The UNESCO describes Taj Mahal as “An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.”
The Taj Mahal is situated on the right bank of the River Yamuna in the Agra District in Uttar Pradesh. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his favorite wife Mumtaz. Construction of Taj Mahal started in 1632 and completed in 1648.The uniqueness of Taj Mahal is its innovative architecture, it is thus regarded as the greatest architectural innovation through out the. Hence, it is one of the seven Wonder’s of the world.
27th February :
Our last visit in the Media Tour was Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (VIPS) in Delhi. VIPS is a premiere Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication in Delhi. They have high class infrastructure and new age upgraded technical facilities for their students. They have a big studio for their students which is no less than a big news channel. We visited every department of the institution and met the teacher’s. There we had a session with the Dean of the Institution in presence of our teacher’s and some of faculty members of the institution. During the session he discussed about various apspects of journalism, Media and Society and future prospects of media stuedents.
We supposed to catch our return train ‘North East Express’ on 28th February at 6:45 am, from Anand Vihar to Guwahati, but something else written in our destiny. Unfortunately our train ‘North East Express’ got cancelled due to some unknown reasons. That was a big crisis for us, to manage another train was very much difficult for us and that too in the eleventh hour, as we got to know about it before a few hours at last evening. Thankfully our teacher’s managed to book ticket for Rajdhani Expeess which was to depart from Delhi station at 9:30 am on 28th of Feb. And finally we reached home on 2nd March 2017.