The awards Journalist of Change Mobility Award, Global Talent Young India Mobility Award, and India Alumni Mobility Award are part of the continued engagement Bournemouth University is making with the Indian subcontinent, and facilitates the winners spending time on BU campus, interacting with scholars and practitioners and taking part in active programmes.
Dr Sonal Minocha, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), Bournemouth University, said: “For our first major event in India, we focused on some of the more pressing issues that are being faced in India and UK. Inspiring change was our theme this year, and the winners have, in one way or another, contributed to that theme.
“These awards allow us to welcome young Indian talent to our campus, to interact and collaborate with our staff and students. I look forward to seeing the two awardees at Bournemouth University this year.”
Journalist of Change Mobility Award 2017
The Journalist of Change Award seeks to recognise excellence in journalism that has inspired — or has the potential to inspire — social change.
Winner of the 2017 award was Snigdha Poonam of Hindustan Times.
Poonam received the award from well-know journalist Krishna Prasad (former editor-in-chief of Outlook magazine and member of Press Council India), for her insightful reportage on the Kota suicides, which Poonam describes as “one of the most heartbreaking reporting trips”. Poonam published the investigation while working for the Huffington Post, which is available online: Why 57 Young Students Have Taken Their Lives In Kota
Summary of nomination: The articles examines a complicated phenomenon, Kota’s suicide trend, by entering it at various angles, from an economy staked on an Indian middle class dream to a culture of do-or-die competition, to answer a question India ponders every summer when the results of entrance tests to top engineering colleges are out: why is Kota a deathtrap for aspirational teens? The article has since led to two documentary projects and kicked off a larger public debate on the cost of setting middle-school children on an increasingly impossible chase. Over a million students compete for 5,000 seats in top Indian engineering colleges. Coaching for the two-part entrance exam is today a multi-million-dollar industry headquartered in this small town in Rajasthan. The article is also being considered by the district administration of Kota as a knowledge base to regulate the coaching industry and open a dialogue with 150,000 students who arrive in the city through the year.
The other finalists in the Journalist of Change Award were:
- Rhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times
Nominated for her public health journalism, including:
‘Saathiya’: Govt plans to train 1.65 lakh teens to educate others about sexual health
- Nikita Saxena, The Caravan (magazine)
Nominated for her work investigating sexual harassment at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), including:
Hostile Climate: RK Pachauri’s reign at TERI
- Priyanka Dubey, The Caravan (magazine)
Nominated for her the story on the murder of Rajdeo Ranjan:
Death Of A Newsman: The murder of Rajdeo Ranjan and the sordid reality of small-town journalism in India
- Shafaq Shah, The Rising Kashmir (newspaper)
Nominated for her series of stories on use of pellet guns that have (fully /partially) blinded over 9000 people in Kashmir, including:
This young pellet victim was carrying books not stones
- Pallavi Rebbapragada, Firstpost (CNN-Network18)
Nominated for her investigative work into the dark underbellies of India’s big cities, including:
Welcome to New Seelampur in the NCR, where drugs are sold, consumed in the open
Global Talent Young India Mobility Award 2017
The Global Talent Young India Award seeks to encourage a global outlook and recognise holistic achievements among Indian youth, and aims to promote internationalisation, and develop Indian talent for the global world.
The winner was 17-year-old Samridhi Khanna from Springdales school.
India Alumni Mobility Award 2017
The India Alumni Mobility Award felicitated a member of BU’s Indian alumni, and seeks to recognise a graduate who has made a significant achievement in his/her chosen profession.
It was won by Vidyut Patra, a 2005 MA Broadcast and Film Management graduate from BU’s Faculty of Media and Communication (then Bournemouth Media School), for his outstanding achievements in “leading change from the front by incubating and launching creative projects and businesses in the Indian digital media”.
Patra, who is now the vice-president of World Wide Media Pvt Ltd (Times of India Group) and based in Mumbai, said he was pleased to have turned himself from a “nobody when I first returned, to somebody who is part of the progress of the media and entertainment industry”.