The University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) had organized an interactive session among journalists from different parts of India where the scribes discussed about different aspects of Northeast those are reflected in the metro dailies. The session titled ‘Journalists’ interface: Northeast versus rest of India’ was organized on 15 March 2015 inside the campus of USTM.
Over 250 journalists from various parts of the country, who were in the city to participate in the 123 Working Committee Meeting of Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) hosted by Assam Union of Working Journalists, joined in the discussion in presence of another 50 journalists from different parts of Assam and northeast India. M. Haque, the Chancellor of USTM, in the beginning welcomed the guests to the techno city, which is adjacent to Guwahati.
The interactive session witnessed the discussion of various relevant issues pertaining to the region amongst the visiting journalists where the issue of ‘negligence in the national media about Northeast’ was highlighted. Moreover the burning issues like insurgency, illegal foreigners, border conflicts etc were also discussed.
The IFWJ delegates led by its national president K. Vikram Rao and secretary general Parmanand Pandey assured that they would go back to their respective working places with the new understandings of the alienated region. Soon after the interface, the students of USTM and Regional Institute of Science & Technology presented a colourful cultural nite for the visiting scribes.