MOU between MCU and UNFPA

Power rests with the teachers to unlock the potential of  the young generation : Prof K.G Suresh

UNFPA will work with journalists and media institutions to change social and gender norms so that the power India has within it can be unlocked and unleashed : Ms Andrea Wojnar

Bhopal, 04 May, 2023: Makhanlal Chaturvedi University of Journalism and Communication and United Nation’s Population Fund (UNFPA) signed a MOU to establish a long term cooperation and partnership in advancing the agenda of sustainable development goals in the state. The main objective of the collaboration is to institutionalize and integrate the population dynamics, adolescent development and well-being and gender concerns in the curriculum of the University with a focus on orienting and sensitising the young students of journalism and communication and equipping them to enhance their skills in reporting and communicating these issues effectively.

The Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Dr. K.G. Suresh and Ms Andrea Wojnar, UNFPA India Representative and Country Director Bhutan signed the MOU  in a grand ceremony organised in the university campus.Makhanlal Chaturvedi University of Journalism and Communication is the only university chosen by the UNFPA to collaborate with them to train the students, Faculty members, research scholars as well as journalists. The Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Dr. K.G. Suresh expressed his happiness and said that it is moment of great pride and honour for the university as this will give the students and the faculty members an access to international exposure on population and gender issues.

Ms. Andrea Wojnar,UNFPA India Representative and Country Director Bhutan  said that men and women should share the same responsibilities and opportunities ; journalists and media professionals play a key role in shaping public narratives and social norms and integrating gender issues in their curriculum will positively impact social norm change. She also presented the copy of  8 Billion Lives, Infinite  Possibilities  – State of the World Population Report 2023 to Prof. Dr. K.G. Suresh.Deputy Country  Representative,India,Mr. Sriram Haridass ,State head of UNFPA MP office Shri Sunil Thomas Jacob, Registrar of the University Dr Avinash Bajpai, Dean Academics Dr. P. Sashikala ,HOD’s and faculty members were also present on the occasion.