Knowledge must for society to progress: Gov

Knowledge must for society to progress: Gov
Governor with resource persons and participants at Raj Bhavan at the one-day seminar on social media on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima, Jun 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/10/2019 11:37:15 AM IST

Nagaland governor, P.B. Acharya on Monday said that knowledge was essential for any society and nation to progress. 

Addressing a one-day media seminar on social media organized by North East Press Service (NEPS) at Raj Bhavan, the governor said knowledge should empower the society and bring benefit to the people. He called upon the people to wake up and work harder to become economically strong and develop state.

Acharya, who also spoke on the challenges of handling social media, said that for every new invention or introduction in the society, there will be problem and difficulty to handle, but one cannot run away rather should be able to fix the problem.

Citing an example, he said when mobile phone was first invented facilities like landline, telegram, typewriter became outdated.

On the negative points of social media raised by various speakers at programme, the Governor said social media was a blessing as it disseminates information quickly. But the problem arises when people do not use it for right purpose, he said. 

Emphasizing on the need of knowing positive and negative aspects of social media, the Governor suggested introducing it as a subject in the school and college syllabus so that it could be used in the right manner. 

Speaking on “traditional mass media and social media” as one of the resource persons, Nagaland Press Association president, H Chishi, said social media and other online news sources, also known as the “ new media” have become an integral part of modern society and the presence of such new media has threatened the existence of newspapers. He said the effect was witnessed on the circulation of print newspapers, especially in United States where the average daily circulation of newspapers declined by 7%, according to the data from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

He further added that students have become smarter as they are being exposed to a whole new world of technology through social media. 

He said social media has changed the lives of many people, as it provides a better social life where anyone can contact with all their near and dear ones with just a click.

IG (range) Sonia Singh, speaking on the topic “police –citizen communication in the special media age”, said the use of social media by citizens help develop awareness, access new job opportunities, students to carry out research and discussions, develop social skill, inspire teenagers and huge connectivity. 

She said police use social media to build a trustworthy relationship with citizens, sharing of critical info, enhanced dissemination of advisories/laws, one to one connection, creating awareness, to establish mutual communication with common man and others. 

She further said citizens should know the latest update of rules and laws in regard to social media. She cautioned the citizens that spreading unconfirmed news and fake news was liable to be punished under the law.

The programme was chaired by Asonuo, IIS news editor AIR Kohima, welcome address was delivered by head of programme DD Kohima, H. Kihoto Chishi, concluding remarked was given by editor NEPS News Oken Jeet Sandham and vote of thanks by Menuoseo Max Khieya NEPS news group. There was interaction session with the participants and resource persons. The programme was attended by students, journalists from different news agencies and organizations, PRO defence, PRO Assam Rifles and others.


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