In order to observe and understand the growth of media in ASEAN regions, eight Indian media professionals from many different states have come together to visit Malaysia’s Bernama. Apart from Bernama’s administrators, the Indian professionals also had a fruitful exchange with those who were in charge of the television broadcasting segment of the company. This 3-day trip to Malaysia was arranged as part of the ASEAN-India Media Exchange Programme, which is designed to be a beneficial learning programme for both parties to understand the complex socio-economic structures of their respective regions and learn to develop better journalistic skills from one another.
The delegation had received a briefing on the operational side of Bernama by Editor-in-Chief Nur-ul Afida Kamaludin and Deputy Editor-in-Chief (News Service) Arul Rajoo Durar Raj. On the Indian side of the delegation, the Publicity Officer of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Pawan Saharan, and the Second Secretary from the Indian High Commission to Malaysia, N.P. Singh, were present at this briefing.
Nilesh Kumar Kalbhor, Director of News at Akashvani (All India Radio) in Jaipur, Rajasthan, had expressed how much useful information the Indian delegation had received from this exchange and that they hope to emulate them in their work.
“We had a fruitful interaction with the Bernama team and had a good time understanding the functioning of Bernama as a news agency as well as a television channel. We have a lot of takeaways from these programmes, and hopefully, we will try to gain from this experience and use the knowledge.”
– Nilesh Kumar Kalbhor, Director of News at Akashvani (All India Radio) in Jaipur, Rajasthan
As the delegation has visited Indonesia before arriving in Malaysia, Nilesh goes on to express that the Indian delegation has a lot to learn about the unique and different cultures and demographics of Indonesia and Malaysia.