Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Report from Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ : DOOT RECEIVES ICPA AWARD 2010


Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ


            "Pavan Hrudaya DOOT" received Fr. Luis Carreno Award 2010 of Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) at Chennai on February 19 for its "distinctive contribution to journalism". The ICPA Fr. Luis Carreno Award consists of a citation, a plaque and Rs.10,000/=.


            Dr. Lawrence Pius, Auxiliary Bishop of Madras-Mylapore gave away the Award to DOOT during the 16th National Conference on "Climate Change – Media Response" held in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, Chennai.


            A well known author and journalist and one-time editor of DOOT, Fr. Varghese Paul, SJ read out the citation conferring the Award to DOOT; and a contributor to DOOT and novelist Mr. Raman Ignas Macwan received the Award on behalf of DOOT.


            Among the large number participants in the National Conference and Award Ceremony there were a former editor of DOOT, Mr. Simon Parmar and a DOOT editorial team member Dr. Roman Bhatia along with the members of ICPA and the students and professors of Department of Journalism, University of Madras, Chennai, who were co-sponsors of the 16th National Conference.


            The Award Citation says, "The Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) is pleased to present the Annual ICPA Award 2010 to PAVAN HRUDAYA DOOT for its distinctive contribution to Journalism and for being the only second magazine in Gujarati language to complete a hundred years of uninterrupted publication.


            "The magazine has contributed tremendously in educating, informing and promoting involvement of its readers to voice various social concerns affecting society though the incisive writings and reports on various social, political and economic issues appearing in the magazine from time to time.


            "The ICPA presents this award to PAVAN HRUDAYA DOOT in memory of Fr. Luis Carreno SDB, a noted writer."


            The Award is signed by Adolf Washington, President of ICPA and given at Chennai on February 19, 2010.


            ICPA gives annually three other similar awards. They are (1) ICPA – Swami Devanand Chakkungal Award, (2) ICPA – Fr. John Barret Award and (3) ICPA – Award for Best Reportage on Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and OBC, which carries Rs.15,000/=.


            ICPA is a national organisation of Catholic journalists including editors, publishers, teachers of journalism, publishing houses, news agencies, regional press associations. The organization with more than 200 members in India has been promoting excellence in professionalism and values in print media for over four decades. The 46-year-old organisation is affiliated to the Geneva-based International Catholic Union of the Press (UCIP).



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