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Shillong: Governor Tathagata Roy on Thursday inaugurated the first International Shillong Communication Conference 2019 organised by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, English and Foreign Languages University, Shillong Campus.
The inaugural programme of the conference held on the theme ‘Narrative, Voices and Representation for Social Change in Communities’was attended by vice-chancellor, NEHU, SK Srivastava and director in-charge, EFLU TK Bamon, among others.
In his inaugural address, Roy said that the conference gives a platform where participants could discuss, deliberate and brainstorm, and directed positive change among communities.
Roy also expressed hope that the conference will focus on the critical dimensions of the two-way nature of communication, during which, people and communities will come together for dialogue and share ideas based on the communication processes that are carried out within the communities from India and Southeast Asia.
The governor also stated that the messages that originate from the communities are the outputs of the communication process that communities undergo.
Earlier, the HoD, Journalism and Mass Communication Department, Ravindra Kumar Vemula said that the department aims to become a nodal centre for communication research and studies in the North East, adding that the conference is a small step towards it.
“The Conference brings together the communication and practitioners of the region including the delegates from Israel, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka,” Vemula added.
Topics such as Participatory Video as a Tool for Community Development, Community Radio Platform to Promote Voice and Culture, Use of Medicine in Health Care-Emerging Social Responsibilities, etc., were discussed during the event.