Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said that the government is all set to establish the first of its kind media university with a dedicated technological hub to train youngsters on modern lines. While chairing a meeting regarding the establishment of media university on Tuesday, he said the internet has changed the paradigm, increasing the significance of social media in the current times. “It is imperative to learn the innovative skills needed to practice and participate in the media industry,” he emphasised.
Fawad said this media university was being established after merging the training academies of Pakistan Television, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation and the Information Service. The curricula of the varsity would be developed in consultation with all the stakeholders and would encompass a diverse range of subjects such as courses related to drama production, cinema and film studies, he added.
“The students will not only be imparted education about news media and other journalistic disciplines but will also be trained in the best digital technological practices prevalent in the media sector,” the minister said.
Fawad sought the support of renowned telecom company Huawei and its collaboration in the establishment of a technical school as part of this new university. Huawei Country Head Saif Chi also showed interest to make contributions to the project and briefed the meeting about Huawei’s current partnership with different education institutes across the country.
Secretary Information and Broadcasting Shafqat Jalil, Higher Education Commission Chairman Tariq Banuri and other senior officials also attended the meeting.