Mass Communication Department of Asian Institute of Management and Technology (AIMT) Guwahati has organized a two day media fest titled CONVENSTER 2015 on December 2 and 3. The media fest comprised events like PICTOGRAM’15, an annual photography exhibition cum competition, CURTAIN RAISER, a documentary screening cum interactive session and IGNITED V, a panel discussion that brings the best minds from various fields to deliberate on issues of societal relevance. The topic for this year’s seminar was “Mass Media as a Catalyst for Social Change”. An award was also given to Sazadul Rana Hussain of Pratidin Time for being the Upcoming Journalist of Assam.
PICTOGRAM’15 as part of CONVENSTER 2015 is a brainchild of Mass Communication department of AIMT since it has observed an annual photography event for the last three years. The themes for this year includes Incredible Northeast, Sacred Vows and Seasons. The exhibition had almost 50 entries and featured morethan 100 photographs.The exhibition was inaugurated by eminent photographer Manas Paran, who was awarded the Best Photojournalist Award 2013 by National Press Photographers’ Association. Priyankshu Paul (K.C. Das Commerce College), Amit Bhowmik and Prantik Borah (AIMT) were adjudged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners respectively.
CURTAIN RAISER held on the second half of 2nd December is a documentary film screening cum interactive session where students of Mass Communication department, screened few of their productions. Two times National Award winning filmmaker, Gautam Bora graced the event as the Guest of Honour. The event also screened two of his works “Sons of Abotani” and “The Old Man’s River” and it was followed by an interactive session with the students.
The second day of the media fest CONVENSTER 2015 featured a panel discussion IGNITED V on the topic “Mass Media as a catalyst for Social Change”. The panellists of the seminar are Rajiv Bhattacharya, Senior Journalist and Writer, Dr. Akashitora, Actor, Writer and Journalist, Ravishankar Ravi, Senior Journalist, Litterateur andMonalisha Saikia, Writer and Social Activist. A special award titled “Upcoming Journalist of Assam” awarded to Sazadul Rana Hussain of Pratidin Times was a special attraction to the event. Pranay Bordoloi, Senior Journalist, Managing Editor DY 365, Maini Mahanta, Writer and Editor: Nandini, Manoram Gogoi, Senior Journalist and Academician were the Jury members for selection of the award. The seminar was chaired by Mr. Debojyoti Sarma Borbora, Assistant Professor, AIMT. The seminar ended with a cultural programme performed by the students of the Department of Mass Communication.