Moodbidri: A web-based village level visual media outreach programme known as ‘Village TV’ was launched in a formal ceremony held at Peri Anganawadi, Hosangadi on Thursday, October 24 evening.
Village TV is a collaborative initiative undertaken by Spearhead Publications Pvt Ltd (Mangaluru), Hosangadi Gram Panchayat, Alva’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Global TV, CNET, and Edulink ITEE.
Government of India Heritage Project Principal Advisor Dr. CV Ananda Bose and Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prof P Subramanya Yadapadithaya were the chief guests of the event. Indian Railways Financial Corporation (New Delhi) former MD Santosh Kumar Pattanayak was the guest of honour.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Bose said, “The media has to focus on villages today. Change is only possible if the truth is prioritised. Today, India has transformed from a nation of mysticism, culture, and heritage to a globally-recognized country. India has seen further improvement in the development of villages and the country as well.” He opined that all credit for India’s goodwill should be attributed to the mothers who are dedicated to nurturing their children with human values and to primary school teachers who are great pillars of strength to our children.
In his address, Prof Yadapadithaya said, “The development of a village is possible if people have a dream and make a commitment towards that dream. When we put our thoughts into action with confidence and will, the village becomes a kingdom. Village TV is a great idea to highlight the problems and challenges of the village and to get the attention of non-resident Indians.”
He further stated that Mangalore University was always involved in village development campaigns by bringing together students, rural people, and the media.
Recalling Gandhiji’s contributions, Spearhead Media mentor, media visionary CA Valerian Dalmeida said, “Gandhiji had worked for Gram Swaraj and Village TV is a firm step that takes the vision forward. Our villages are rich in resources. Development is not just about infrastructure. It is about instilling values and relationships between people. Non-Resident Indians are always closely connected to their native places and they want to help their villages grow.”
Afterward, the Village TV logo was formally handed over to the reporters of the village. Alva’s Education Foundation trustee Vivek Alva presided over the programme. Dr. Madhumala compered the programme while GP member Upadhyaya delivered the vote of thanks.
Alva’s College Principal Dr. Kurien, Spearhead Group Director NV Paulose, Hosangadi Gram Panchayat Chairperson Hema Vasant, GP member Hariprasad, Village TV Project Head Srinivasa Pejataya, and others were present.