Electronic Media In Education Discussed in SCERT’s 3-day Program

Joint Director School Education Kashmir, Shams-ud-din Bhat distributing certificates among the participants. Photos by SCERT

By Farooq Shah

SRINAGAR- A 3-day training programme for skilled teachers titled “Education, Through Electronic Media” concluded on Wednesday here at the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) in Bemina.

The programme, which was organised by the Documenting and Publications Wing of the SCERT, had invited all those teachers from the Kashmir province who were a part of the tele-classes broadcast from All India Radio and Doordarshan during the Corona pandemic. Multiple leading experts associated with broadcasting and media also participated in the program.

Former Head of the Mass Media Department at Kashmir University, Prof. Nasir Mirza, while emphasizing the need to adopt child-centric modes of education said the present-day generation was extremely lucky to have been living in a technologically rich era.

Former Head of the Mass Media Department at Kashmir University, Prof. Nasir Mirza, interacting with the participants.

“Education is not mere transfer of information, but instilling in the child a yearning that he/she becomes active in the process of learning on his/her own,” he said. “Amid multiple means available to a child, a teacher assumes a more responsible role to transfer the correct and relevant information to the child.”

Renowned broadcaster and former Director of All India Radio Srinagar, Syed Humayun Qaiser, highlighted the essential nuances of broadcasting and telecasting.

Former Director of All India Radio Srinagar, Syed Humayun Qaiser, with a few participants.

"It is the primary function of the media to convey proper information to the audience in due course,” he said. “And in modern times, these sources have also taken up the importance of acquiring knowledge.”

Renowned filmmaker, director and actor, Mushtaq Ali Khan explained the rules for using television and other media for knowledge delivery.

“A successful teacher is the one who, like an actor, can submerge himself in the character as required by the assignment at hand,” Khan said. “The teacher must present himself before the students with full preparation.”

There, he said, is a need for more preparation when it is intended to be taught through the media.
Renowned journalist and teacher at Mass Communication at Kashmir University, Dr Rashid Maqbool, described television as a very effective tool in imparting education.

“That what is felt visually has a greater impact,” he said. “Teachers should prepare fully before using these sources.”

The content, Dr Maqbool said, must be absolutely straightforward and simple.

“Directly or indirectly, TV has contributed majorly towards the cause of education,” he added.

Senior Academic Officer, SCERT, Dr. Rabia Naseem gave a detailed lecture on the importance of correct pronunciation.

“Anybody who falters on pronunciation must walk to the side,” Dr Rabia, while bringing attention to the words used wrongly in the day-to-day routine, said. “It is just not his cup of tea.”

Academic Officer, Sheikh Gulzar spoke in detail about the future and importance of education through various media.

Joint Director School Education Kashmir, Shamsuddin Bhat, who attended the closing ceremony, said that it has become very important to bring teachers in line with the modern day requirements as technology was developing very fast.

In-charge Documentation and Library, SCERT, Javed Kirmani, coordinated the event

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