Dhaka – Former fellows of Indian Institute of Mass Communication in Bangladesh have formed an association to promote professional development and communication with students of the institution in other parts of the world.
Ihsanul Karim, the Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, will head the group styled Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) Alumni Association, Bangladesh for the next two years, according to a pres release.
Zahid Newaz Khan, Chief News Editor of Channel i and the Editor of Channel i online, has been selected as general secretary of the group.
The IIMC fellows at a meeting on May 19 at the Dhaka Club also selected seven other office bearers to carry out the activities of the association in line with its objectives.
Vice President: Azizul Islam Bhuiyan, editor of Bangladesh News.
Vice President: M Rahmat Ali, national consultant the World Health Organisation.
Joint General Secretary: Angur Nahar Monty, joint news editor of News24
Treasurer: Ranjan Sen, News Editor of Ekushey TV.
Executive member: Nazrul Islam Mithu, Bangladesh correspondent of German News Agency, dpa
Executive Member: Wares Hossain, senior assistant secretary at Jatiya Sangsad secretariat
Executive Member: Naznin Akter Tonni, senior sub-editor of Prothom Alo
Ihsanul Karim was the first Bangladeshi fellow of the IIMC (1978-79) while Zahid Newaz Khan a fellow in the year 2000.
Officials of Indian High Commission in Dhaka congratulated the new committee of the alumni association. They included First Secretary Rajesh Uika, Press Attaché Ranjan Mondal and Press Officer Vishal Jyoti Das.
The IIMC, founded by the then Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister Indira Gandhi on August 17, 1965, is India’s prime educational institution on mass communication and media.
Headquartered in New Delhi, it has five centres in Dhenkanal (Odisha), Aizawl (Mizoram), Amravati (Maharashtra), Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir) and Kottayam (Kerala).
Bangladeshi fellows– journalists and government officials — have been participating in the IIMC courses in New Delhi since 1978. The fellows included leading Bangladeshi journalists.