Mangaluru: Public Relations Council of India (PRCI), South Zone organised World Public Relations Day at Hotel Ocean Pearl, Mangaluru on Saturday, July 16 at 5.00 pm.
The ‘Theme Logo’ of the PRCI 16th Global Communication conclave to be held at Kolkata on November 11, 2022, was launched by PRCI National President Dr T. Vinaykumar in the presence of Vishwavani Editor-in-Chief Vishweshwar Bhat, Mangalore University Vice Chancellor P. Subrahmanya Yadapadithaya, PRCI & YCC Chief Mentor and Chairman Emeritus M. B. Jayaram, Yenepoya University Vice Chancellor Dr M. Vijaykumar, Bangalore University Communication Studies Chairman, and HOD Dr B. K. Ravi, PRCI South Zone Chairperson Dr T. S. Latha, and YCC National Head Chinnamaye Praveen.
B. K. Ravi in his keynote address said, “With the change in time PR ways have evolved and are re-defined indicating that it is the technology which changes but not the communication process.”
At the programme, ‘Zonal PR Awards’ for South Indian Achievers, and ‘State PR Awards’ for State Achievers in their respective fields were presented.
At State PR Awards Chethana S. of Chetana’s Beauty Lounge and Naveen Shetty of Shri Swadishta Food Products received the Outstanding Enterprenuer Award 2022, in the category of ‘Innovation in Higher Education’, Swastika National School, In Innovative Leadership of the Year 2022 Radhakrishna of Nitya Food Products and in Best Hospitality Company of the Year category, The Ocean Pearl Group of Hotels and Resorts received the awards. The Best Corporate Communicator of the Year award was bagged by Murgesh S, Senior Manager, KOCL.
In the South Indian PR awards, the Best Communicator Award of 2022 was received by Noel Robinson, PRO of Delhi Public School and P. T. Devassikutty of PRC & MCE, Kochi received the best PR of the Year Award, Sai Sanjeevini Charitable Trust was awarded with best NGO of the Year whereas Rizwan Ahmed, Director of the Instructional Media Centre at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University received the best PR Trainer of the Year Award, PR through Athletics Award was received by Rajani Lakka, swimmer and swimming coach, Enterprenuer of the Year 2022 to Ammunje Sumatha Nayak, Founding President and Managing Trustee of Ramakrishna Sharada Ashrama, Bailur in Karkala, Social Service Award 2022 to U. Sudhir Lodha, Ambassador for the Council for Parliament of World Religions, Media Person of the Year to Vishweshwar Bhat, Editor-in-Chief, Vishwavani Daily, M. Kalyanaraman of inmathi.com, an independent online e-zine as Content Writer of the Year, Best PSU in CSR to MRPL, while Best Regional Newspaper for 2022 was bestowed on at Suddi Bidugade.
Under the category PRCI Internal Awards 2022, Best Chairman of the Year was bestowed on Shakeel Ahmed, Hyderabad, Ram Menon, Kochi and Ms. Sirisha Bheema. While Pashupathi Sharma from Mangaluru Chapter who is also the State Head, PRCI Karnataka was given the award Active Member of the Year, Nagaraja Hebbar, Udupi Chapter was the Best Motivator of the Year and Megha Raj, St. Paul’s College, Bangalore was the YCC Achiever of the Year. H. M. Renukananda from Bangalore Chapter won the Best Chapter Promoter 2022 award whereas Siddalinga Swamy of Bangalore Chapter won the Best Secretary of the Year. The Best YCC Unit 2022 was won by Kerala YCC Chapter and Christ College, Bangalore while Best Membership Drive 2022 was won by Mangaluru Chapter. While Chennai Chapter won the Best Zonal Programme of the Year, the Mysore Chapter won Promising Chapter of the Year.
Dr M. Vijayakumar said, “If we forget OPV (other person’s view) and if we are ignorant about it then we believe only my view exists and with this entire, the communication stops and PR ends.”
M. B. Jayaram stressed, “PR begins from home with the tone and modulation used in addressing our family members”.
Vinaykumar cautioned about the lack of PR in the Health sector and sought its presence there.
PRCI State Head Pashupati Sharma was present.
PRCI, Mangaluru Chapter Chairman Raghavendra Holla welcomed the gathering and Secretary Canute Jeevan Pinto expressed gratitude. Soujanya was the Master of the Ceremony.