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This program organizes activities such as workshops that give students hands on experience with journalism, videography, fine arts, environment and conservation, and other areas of their interest. The focus is on topics that the students may otherwise not have ready access to.
KEI Media workshop was conducted in collaboration with 1947 Partition Archives on July 9, 10 and 11, 2013. KEI scholars were introduced to basics of journalism and documentary making. Besides interview skills they were taught technical aspects of documentary making. The workshop was concluded by conducting mock interviews and a real interview with the trainer. After participating in the workshop the scholars made documentaries of their own, which were uploaded on 1947 Partition Archives website. One of the KEI scholars also became a Citizen Historian.
An inception workshop ‘strategy and action plan for strengthening the ecological integrity of Dal lake’ was organized by the Asoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE), a Bangalore based environmental think tank in collaboration with the University of Kashmir and United Nation Dal Project (UNDP), where in various reputed personspresented their views and apprehensions about the present situation for Dal. The workshop also sought suggestions from the stake holders including the young students. Among the 5 shortlisted young people 4 were KEI scholars Faraaz Mushtaq Wani, Aiman Nazir Banday, Sheikh Urooj and Minza.
Each student was provided with a limited time to speak and take part in the interaction and also present the tangible solutions for creating awareness about the conservation of the lake at ground level. Ideas including the use of social networking sites, organization of street plays and rallies and moreover self-reformation for the awareness of people around Dal, presented by the students were highlighted as well as appreciated.
The workshop was a good exercise and opportunity for the scholars to get exposure to the loop holes in the ideology of the government as well as measures taken by the government to improve the condition of Dal.