Pune, 1st December 2022: Symbiosis International (Deemed University), in association with the Pune International Centre (PIC), organized this year’s Dileep Padgaonkar Memorial Lecture on Thursday, 1st December 2022, at 11:30 am at Symbiosis Vishwabhavan Auditorium, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune.
The topic for the Lecture – “Covering Conflict- Notes from Afghanistan and Ukraine” – was given by Yogita Limaye, South Asia Correspondent, BBC News. “Civilized dialogues are in short supply these days. Journalists are doing the risky work of bringing the documented truth to society and that is the reason they are often in great danger. There is no remote way of covering a story. A journalist has to be on the field to uncover the truth,” said Yogita Limaye, South Asia Correspondent, BBC News.
The session was chaired by Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, President of PIC. Dr S. B. Mujumdar, Founder and President of Symbiosis, and Chancellor of Symbiosis International (Deemed University, presided over the function.
Speaking at the occasion, Limaye said, “What people want to know from particular news is the most important thing. Keeping this in mind, a Journalist has to frame the questions. Being vigilant is a necessary trait for a journalist.” Speaking about her “On Field” experience in Ukraine and Afghanistan, Limaye said, “I worked there as a Journalist and not an Activist. My job was to ask questions to the Taliban on behalf of men and women in Afghanistan. As the Taliban took the charge of the country day by day, the safe places where people could find shelter were shrinking. More than half of the country needs life support.” She also showed footage of the affected areas in both countries.
Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, President PIC, in his speech, remembered Dileep Padgaonkar. He said Dileep was personified with several objectives – Classy, Open-Minded, Secular, Bold and much more. “He was a multi-faceted individual, and more importantly, he was my friend. Pune International Centre (PIC) would not be there without Dileep. He laid the foundation and set high benchmarks for PIC.”
Dr S. B. Mujumdar, Founder & President of Symbiosis and Chancellor of Symbiosis International (Deemed University), in his presidential address, mentioned that India is a rural country. “Media in our country has given a secondary treatment to the happenings in the rural area. Hence, we started “Rural Journalism” to address the issues in the rural pockets of India,” he explained.
Latika Padgaonkar, Dr Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro-Chancellor, Symbiosis International University, and Dr Rajani Gupte, Vice Chancellor, Symbiosis International University, were the other distinguished dignitaries present for the function.
Dr Vidya Yeravdekar gave the welcome address, and Sushobhan Patankar was the anchor of the program.