Media Conference – 2018
“Enlightened Media for Building a Better World”
From 21st to 25th September, 2018
Brahma Kumaris, Shantivan Complex,
Abu Road -307510, Rajasthan, India
• Media Wing, Rajyoga Education & Research Foundation
• Prajapita Brahma Kumaris IshwariyaVishwa Vidyalaya
World Headquarters: Mount Abu (Raj.) India
Enlightened Media for Building a Better World
Media generally means as an instrument, a tool or a medium. Journalists use this medium for communicating information and knowledge, to inspire and to educate people. Therefore, when we address it as illumined or enlightened media, it directly refers to journalism or journalists but not merely to hardware instruments. The act of communicating information, thoughts and their analysis or interpretation is journalism, which is transmitted to the public through media. In this context, media means integration of both instruments and journalists, and both come under the purview of journalism.
We all want a better society or a society based on human values; and we make attempts for this. Both the government and people think, consider and do their effort to satisfy this desire of the people. In the last few years, there has emerged a difference in this effort. People gradually started expecting everything from the government. The Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) working without Government’s help, have either almost ceased to exist or become inactive. The NGOs working in the fields of education, health and other fields for building a better society and for creating value-awareness in people, are doing this primarily with the help of the government.
The source of value-awareness has been spirituality. The combined or assimilated form of the collective mind’s desires and feelings is the foundation of the humanity. But, the value system developed by socio-cultural behavior, government or governance, based on laws, rules and ethics, normally play the central or main role in society. The market, socio-cultural behavior and change in lifestyle of human beings have greatly affected the value system. Thus, the present values are combined or assimilated form of laws, rules, market and socio-cultural behaviour of human beings and do not ensure whether they are humane or not.
Media also regards laws, rules, socio-cultural system, market-promoted consumerism as quite practical; and, on this basis, inform and educate people to build a better society. This results in creating the conflicting values of the humanity and also in forming, thus, the present value system of society. Only the enlightened people of the society can change this conflicting and inter-contradictory situation. In this perspective, as long as the journalist himself does not accept and inculcate values and spirituality in his / her own personal and professional life, realize the roots of values and thereby become enlightened; he cannot be empowered to make us self-realized and also to inspire others through media. The present urgent need is that the journalist himself/herself has to be ‘enlightened’ first in order to change the society, which is founded on the so called values of the current system, market and consumerism culture as well as behavior.
The Media Conference is being organized from 21 to 25 September, 2018 at the Shantivan Campus, Abu Road, Rajasthan by the Media Wing of Rajyoga Education and Research Foundation (RERF), a sister organization of the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PBKIVV) on the topic: “Enlightened Media for Building a Better World”. The basic intent of the Conference is that the media persons should consider the untiring efforts of changing the society and finally resolve to take appropriate and effective steps in this regard by seeing and evaluating these in the current perspectives.
Over two thousand media professionals representing different media segments, i.e., Print, Electronic, Film, Promotional & New Media from India & Overseas will be participating in the Conference.
Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, the main host of the Conference, is an international, socio-spiritual and educational institution having more than 4,000 study centres in India and 140 other countries of the world. It is affiliated to the United Nations’ Deptt. of Public Information (DPI) as an NGO having General Consultative Status with the UN’s Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) and UNICEF.
The Conference is being held in a clean, serene, eco-friendly and peaceful environment of the Brahma Kumaris’ Shantivan Campus, Abu Road, Rajasthan. The Shantivan Campus is built in 60 acres of land situated at the serene foot-hills of Mount Abu in the Aravali Range of Mountains. It is well equipped with auditoriums such as Diamond Hall, Conference Hall and Meditation Hall like Tapasya Dham along with other comfortable lodging, boarding, transport and medical facilities.
How to Reach the Venue
Abu Road is well linked with Railways and Roads to all the major Indian cities. The nearest rail link from the Conference Venue is Abu Road Railway Station (7 Kms.) on Delhi-Ahmedabad main rail route. The nearest Airports are in Udaipur (165 kms.) and Ahmedabad (200 kms.).
How to Register
Kindly register online on the website www.mediawing.org/Conf2018AbuRoad. While registration is free, prior registration is mandatory. There is no spot registration.
For further information, please contact: B.K. Shantanu, Coordinator, Media Wing, Brahma Kumaris, Shantivan Campus, Abu Road (Raj.) PIN – 307510; Cell:+91- 94141-56615/99287-56615; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
B.K. Karuna, Chairperson, Media Wing Cell: 9414193999; B.K. Atam Prakash, Vice-Chairperson, Cell: 9414154234; B.K. Sushant, National Coordinator, Cell: 9350922333; B.K. Aaspi, National Coordinator, Cell: 9820504236
PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE
Day 1: Friday, 21st September, 2018
05.00 am – 05.00 pm: Arrival and Registration
07.00 am – 08.30 am: Meditation Session – I
Topic: Role of Spirituality and Meditation in Daily Life
06.00 pm – 08.30 pm: Reception Session
Day 2: Saturday, 22nd September, 2018
07.00 am – 08.30 am: Meditation Session – II
Topic: Awareness of the Inner Self
10.00 am – 01.00 pm: Inaugural Session
Theme: Enlightened Media for Building a Better World
04:00 pm – 06.00 pm: Parallel Dialogue Sessions
Dialogue Session – I: Print Media (Newspapers, Magazines, PR & Publicity):
Topic: Solution Centric Media – Need of the Hour
Dialogue Session – II: Electronic Media (Radio, TV, Film & Cable TV):
Topic: Role of Media in Combating Gender Discrimination and Violence
Dialogue Session – III: Social Media &Telecom
Topic: New Age Media – Challenges and Opportunities
Dialogue Session – IV: Postal Department
Topic: Role of Postal Department in Social Integration
06.30 pm – 07.45 pm: Insight Session – I
Topic: Experiencing Inner Peace and Power
08.45 pm – 10.15 pm : Cultural Programme
Day 3: Sunday, 23rd September, 2018
07.00 am – 08.30 am: Meditation Session – III
Topic: Awareness of the Supreme Being
10.00 am – 11.00 am: Insight Session – II
Topic: How to Live a Stress-Free Life?
11.00 am – 01.00 pm: Plenary Session
Topic: Media Initiatives for Global Enlightenment
04.00 pm – 06.00 pm: Talk Show
Topic: Proactive Media for Positive Change in Society
06.00 pm – 08.00 pm: Valedictory Session
Topic: Spirituality – The Key to Value-based Media
09.00 pm – 10.00 pm: Video Show
Day 4: Monday, 24th September, 2018
07.00 am – 08.30 am: Meditation Session – IV
Topic: Rajyoga – A Link with the Supreme Being
10.00 am – 06.00 pm: Sight-Seeing of Mount Abu
09.00 pm – 10.00 pm: Video Show
Day 5: Tuesday, 25th September, 2018
07.00 am – 08.30 am: Meditation Session – V
Topic: Experiencing Inner Powers through Rajyoga
10.00 am onwards : Departure for a New Beginning