The minister was addressing the ceremonial awarding of scholarships to journalists under the Media Scholarship program at the Mass Media and Information Ministry Auditorium yesterday.
Addressing the gathering, the minister said that the Asi Disi media scholarship program is carried out annually by the Mass Media and Information Ministry aiming to equip journalists with knowledge and experience to facilitate a system of ethical media reporting in accordance with the Mahinda Chinthana National development plan.
The government always stands for assisting media personnel to gather the latest knowledge in the field. In keeping with the Mahinda Chinthana, the government assists
media personnel to upgrade their knowledge. Moreover, the knowledge of media personnel should be upgraded and updated so as to be perfect media personnel , Minister rambukwella said.
Mass Media and Information Ministry SecretaryDr. Charitha Herath said the Asi Disi scholarship program is carried out with the objective of developing three sectors such as training, ethics and regulation. Accordingly, the project is to encourage and to provide opportunities for journalists to improve their professional skills through training programs to face the challenges of the 21st century.
Over 100 journalists serving in recognised electronic and print media institutions on full-time or part-time basis as well as freelance journalists, have been selected to award scholarships under this program. The journalists may 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 Mass Media and Information Ministry subject to a maximum of Rs. 100,000 on the basis of non-recovery under this annual scholarship program.