The ceremonial awarding of scholarships for the awardees selected for the year 2013/2014 under ďAsi Disií Media Scholarship programme was held in the Auditorium of the Ministry of Mass Media and Information yesterday (July 17), under the patronage of Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella, Minister of Mass Media & Information.
Hundred (100) awardees selected from Journalists, serving in recognized electronic and print media institutions on full-time or part-time basis as well as freelance journalists were awarded scholarships under this programme at the ceremony.
The journalists could select Post Graduate Courses, short and long term Certificate Courses and Diploma Courses conducted by local Universities and government higher education and training institutions under this scholarship scheme.
Payments for course fees will be made by the Ministry of Mass Media and Information subject to a maximum of Rs.100, 000/- on the basis of non-recovery under this annual scholarship programme.
The Minister said that what is most important is not the amount of money the journalists receive to follow a course under the programme, but the knowledge and skills they will acquire to create a developed media culture.
Ministry Seccretary Dr. Charitha Herath speaking at the ceremony said a special feature of this scholarship programme is instead of the Ministry selecting a particular course for a Journalist, under the Asi disi Scholarship Programme, the Ministry offers scholarships to journalists to select a suitable course by themselves.
He further explained that the objective of this project is to encourage and to provide opportunities for journalists to improve their professional skills through training programmes in order to face the challenges of the 21st century.