B.G. Verghese

Series of Special Lectures on Journalism & Mass Communication

The B.G. Verghese Series of Special Lectures is an open-ended and perpetual lecture series organised by the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication at Delhi Metropolitan Education. The series aims to provide first hand exposure to the students of Journalism and Mass Communication through lectures presented by experts in the media industry and peripheral industries or departments.

These lectures are a platform to invite innovative thinkers and influential journalists to create a vivifying learning experience for the students. Moreover, the endeavor augments promotion of the many essential and intrinsic journalistic traits in the field of print, electronic and cyber media. Discussions in the lectures held throughout the academic session help students and faculty to explore timely relevant media issues. Furthermore, these lectures equip students with ample information to chart out their areas of interest, interact with people who determine the direction of the industry, and learn how to present them in a professional environment while developing technical skills needed in the profession.

B.G. Verghese (1927-2014), was a towering journalist of India. The Magsaysay Award winner was well known for his courage, fair play, belief in the independence of the press, and adherence to professional ethics and standards. Educated at the Doon School, St. Stephen’s College and University of Cambridge, he rose in his journalistic career to become the editor of two leading national dailies – The Hindustan Times and later, The Indian Express. A lifelong crusader for civil rights, B.G. Verghese is often labeled the father of development journalism in India. Our Series of Special Lectures is dedicated to this remarkable journalist whose life and career exemplified unyielding integrity and strength of character.

B.G Verghese Lectures Held in 2019-20

Outlook Editor Harvir Singh discusses framers’ distress at DME

In a country like India where agriculture employs more than 50% of the total workforce, farmers’ distress is an essential issue to talk about at every level. To give an insight on the current situation of Indian economy and agriculture, third B.G Verghese lecture of the current session was organised on the topic ‘Farmers’ distress, agriculture and Indian economy’ by DME Media School at Nelson Mandela Auditorium, on October 17.

The Speaker for the occasion was Mr Harvir Singh, a celebrated journalist, expert commentator on TV & Radio and currently the Editor of Outlook Hindi magazine. He picked the lecture by discussing how the role of agriculture has changed in our country from being lucrative to causing farmers to suicide./p>

Mr Singh initiated by elaborating the slow growth of the agriculture sector from post-reform period and some adverse effects of new policies on it. “There is a time-period only for which you can benefit from a particular research work”, stated Mr Singh. “A lot of research work was done to boost the agriculture sector in the early stages but none of it is applicable anymore”, he added.

Mr Singh said, “Everyone is in a rush towards the urban cities, widening the gap with the rural world which makes it problematic to solve the woes of farmers”. Digging deep into the farmers’ distress, he highlighted that despite the soaring high market price of pulses and vegetables, farmers are unable to get a fair deal for their produce which adds on to their woes of not being able to repay the loan and pushes them on the verge of suicide.

Mr Singh called journalism an intellectual profession and motivated the students to work on the right path to highlight and bring upon the issues surrounding agriculture to the mainstream media. Concluding the lecture, he gave a gist on the current economic crisis and bank frauds and answered some questions raised by the students in an interactive session.

The session started with the felicitation of the guest by DrRavikant Swami, Director, DME, and DrSusmitaBala, Head DME Media School.DrAmbrishSaxena, Dean, DME Media School, moderated the session.

MrSachin Nair, Assistant Professor, DME Media School, introduced the guest in the beginning and MsManmeetKaur, Assistant Professor, DME Media extended the vote of thanks.

The first B.G. Verghese lecture of the new academic session 2019-20 was held on August 29, at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of DME. The Lecture was graced by the presence of Mr Subhomoy Bhattacharjee, consulting editor, Business Standard. The session revolved around the much hyped issues of contemporary economic factors and challenges faced by India as a growing country.

The gathering was addressed by Prof.(Dr)Ambrish Saxena, Dean, DME Media School, who encouraged the students to comprehend the session. Honourable Justice Bhawar Singh, Director General, DME gave a glimpse into the economical instability in the competing world. DrRavi Kant Swami, Director, DME, discussed about LPG-the new model of economic reforms.

During the session, Mr Bhattacharjee explained the importance of human capital and its influence on tackling the economic issues and challenges faced by the country. He threw light on the existence of chronic unemployment and underemployment as one of the key reasons for the growth barrier the nation is facing currently. He also discussed about the technological advancements and the possibilities.

The session concluded with a question answer round followed by a vote of thanks by assistant professor Ms Manmeet Kaur.

B.G Verghese Lectures Held in 2018-19

On 28th September, DME MEDIA School has organised a guest lecture for final year students. Mr. Ankit Sawhney, AGM Marketing Network 18 delivered lecture on Event Management. The students were enlightened and encouraged to take painstaking to achieve success.

DME Media School organised the B.G. Verghese Lecture on 28th August 2018.

The guest speaker was Mr. Anshuman Tiwari (Editor, India Today Hindi). His lecture was focused on the topic ‘The Journalist in You’.

Mr. Anshuman Tiwari is an eminent media personality- a journalist, an editor, broadcaster, columnist and author with over 27 years of experience across the leading dailies, digital ventures and magazines. He is the associated with India Today as the editor.

He is among top prominent Hindi journalists in India and is a recipient of India’s most prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for investigative journalism.

For his contribution in Hindi Journalism, he has been awarded by Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sahitya Sammelan in 2013.

In 2012, he was the only journalist selected from India to cover US presidential elections. During that time he worked with Dayton News at Ohio (US) and covered election for print, web and social media.

He is credited for creating and successfully establishing an innovative and exclusive multilingual digital platform, moneybhaskar.com for Danik Bhaskar Group which is the largest Hindi business portal. He is an avid writer and has authored many books. Along with that he is also a researcher and analyst.

List of B. G. Verghese Lectures held in 2017:

  1. Name of the speaker: Major General P.K. Saighal
    • Designation of the speaker: Defence Expert, Major General(retired)
    • Theme of the lecture: Attaining solidity and stability
  2. Name of the speaker: Mr. K.G. Suresh
    • Designation of the speaker: Director, Indian institute of Mass Communication
    • Theme of the lecture: Indian Media: Challenges and Opportunities
  3. Name of the speaker: Mr. N.K. Singh
    • Designation of the speaker: Executive Member of Broadcaster Editors Association (BEA)
    • Theme of the lecture: “Contemporary Trends in Media’
  4. Name of the speaker: Mr. Prashant Tandon
    • Designation of the speaker: Senior Journalist
    • Theme of the lecture: Digital Media: It changes everything
B.G Verghese: Lecture Series on Journalism
B.G Verghese: Lecture Series on Journalism