The media mirrors what’s happening in the society. However, there are times when the mirror misses out on what is happening in the countryside.
The School of Communication made a small effort to sensitise the students of media to rural realities. On November 12, it took BJMC and MJMC students on a field trip to a rural school.
The school, which was chosen for the exercise was Paramlakshya World School, a rural school located on the Haryana-Rajasthan border, about 80 kilometres from the G.D. Goenka University.
This was a school with a difference. It is located deep in a rural area, has students who come from villages located around the school but their teaching is such that they can be compared with students studying in the finest city schools.
The Principal of the School, Ms. Sarabjeet Kaur, made a presentation explaining how the school is trying to transform the lives of rural students.
It was an eye-opener for our students. For the next three hours, the BJMC and MJMC students interacted with the students, teachers, staff and parents.
They used video and still cameras to record these moments, moments that show how change can be brought about in rural India. The common response was: ‘I can’t believe this.’
The students will use the interviews, video footage and still images shot on the trip to: