Media experts and professionals have underlined the need for revising the journalism and mass communication curricula of Nepali universities.
During a programme organised by Unesco Kathmandu Office and Development Communication Society-Nepal, experts said that the curricula should be updated to make them more relevant to the current situation, and produce skilled manpower demanded by media houses.
Experts doubted that the existing curricula met the international standards set by Unesco and other international bodies. They suggested revising the courses considering the changing scenario of journalism in context to modern day technology.
Speaking at the programme, media experts Nirmal Mani Adhikari informed that tasks are underway to analyse the existing journalism curricula of universities in Nepal to make them more relevant in the changing context.
Suresh Acharya, former President of Federation of Nepalese Journalist, said that though the existing syllabuses are good enough, more efforts are required from colleges and students to maximise the outcome of the curricula.
Lal Deosa Rai, professor at the Central Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, said that revisiting the courses is a universal process. He claimed that there have been several initiations since 1980 for periodic revision of the curricula. Rai also mentioned that they are conducting a study on the current curricula of Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University and Purbanchal University.
Laxman Datta Pant, coordinator of Journalist Safety project of UNESO, stressed on the necessity of conducting such research to take note of the current status and discuss on ways to improve the sector.
UNESCO Kathmandu office is studying the syllabi of journalism in Nepali universities with a view to comparing them with the international standards.