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International Centre Goa Organizes Training Program for Tajikistan Journalists

Director - The International Centre, Goa welcoming delegates from TajikistanThe International Centre Goa is holding a month long intensive training program for journalists from the Republic of Tajikistan. The group of 8 senior journalists arrived in Goa on 26 September. The program is sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation of Japan.

According to the Director and Chief Executive of the Centre Shri M. Rajaretnam the aim of the "Train-the-Trainers" program is to "provide them with the latest skills and methodologies so that upon their return they can educate young aspiring journalists".

He also emphasized that the Centre "can become hub for research, educational, cultural, and training activities on Central Asia. As a major economy India should export its soft power to this developing region". 

The Centre is already co-hosting every November a major Central Asia Forum which brings together major experts from the region to discuss developments in Central Asia and the South Caucasus.

This year the 13th ISSYK-KUL Forum will be held on 4-9 November and will bring experts from the 2 regions and Russia, China, US, India, Japan and Southeast Asia.  Last year the Centre started an English-Russian website on the region.

Delegates being welcomed at The International Centre, GoaSaifiddin Dostiev, the founder and regional trainer in the School of Young Journalists in Tajikistan and one of the "trainees" says that the media is trying to flourish in his country. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the civil war  "there are more news channels now and a huge demand for journalists. We try to train journalists in every domain but under the 'Train the Trainer's' program we will try to learn the techniques of the modern communication."

When asked what he expected from this type of media program he said that "it will benefit us, we can get exposure here by learning how the media operates in the world's largest democracy India".  

The course is based on four modules which focus on basic techniques, specialized journalism techniques as well as electronic and print media. The course will also include visits to newspaper offices.

Another participant, Melikov Umrillo, a lawyer by training said the press itself, must act responsibly. "ThroughJournalists undergoing training professional associations, independent press councils, and "ombudsmen," in-house critics who hear public complaints, the press responds to complaints of its own excesses and remains internally accountable because these years are crucial for these five countries. If we make the basis of the media strong the future generation will reap the benefits".

"We can learn much from a great democracy like India. A democracy allows the press to go about its business of collecting and reporting the news without fear or favor from the government.  The kind of democracy which we enjoy in Tajikistan can become an example for the entire Central Asia to follow" he added.

The program is held at the Centre's premises in Dona Paula and is being conducted by a team of 3 senior India journalist – Mr Sur Snehasis.

Director Rajaretnam added that he hopes the Centre will continue to receive positive support from the community for the development of its various educational and cultural programs