Under its newly designed CBCS Course: Communication Strategies for Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia(JMI) is taking help of national & international experts to train its students on the significance of media interventions in creating awareness on Human-Wildlife conflict.’The Course is being conducted with the help of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Dr Mala Narang Reddy, noted social anthropologist will be teaching students through a workshop on 19th, Feb 2022, how they may address people’s perceptions and social dimensions of Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC) and also facilitate gender-sensitive HWC conflict mitigation.
Shri Surendra Varma and Shri Sanjay Ajnekar of Asia Nature Conservation Foundation (ANCF) will train students in using tools for awareness and community engagement on HWC mitigation.Professor Shohini Ghosh, Officiating Director, AJKMCRC, JMI, Professor Danish Iqbal, Coordinator, MA Development Communication, Asst. Professor Pragati Paul, AJKMCRC, and Dr. Neeraj Khera, Team Leader, GIZ are actively involved in this innovative course along with Ananda Banerjee, Environmental Journalist, and Prof. Ramesh Menon, Adjunct Professor, Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication to make this course a pioneering milestone.
Students are learning about the role media plays in shaping public perception of human-wildlife interactions, vis-a-vis various mitigation strategies developed with the help of research and sensitisation. Other experts like Dr. Navaneethan Balasubramani, Technical Expert, GIZ, and Dr. Dibyendu Mandal, Conservation Biologist, GIZ are imparting crucial training & knowhow about mitigation in the forest, at the interface, and outside the forest. The best thing is that the training is being imparted using creative exercises, role play and games.