New Zealand Univ in pact with Galgotias to study health care inequalities

New Delhi, Dec 11: Massey University, New Zealand and School of Media and Communication Studies at Galgotias University have mutually agreed to work together on healthcare inequalities in India. The project is sponsored by ‘CARE’, an international project run by Professor Mohan Dutta, Dean’s Chair of Communications at Massey University.

It was agreed upon in a research colloquium held recently at the Galgotias University. The challenges of ‘Mediamorphosis’ in the digital era were discussed at the International Colloquium held at Galgotias University, Greater Noida, India.

Professor Mohan Dutta, dean’s chair of communication at the Massey University, New Zealand, in his keynote speech, raised an alarm that India must not emulate the examples of Singapore as a smart city where the privacy of citizens at stake due to digital monitoring. He also termed India’s Aadhaar project was a deliberate intrusion into the privacy of citizens. Professor Dutta argues for protecting privacy of citizens to preserve democracy in India. 

Inaugurating the research colloquium, Professor Debashis Chakrabarti, a Commonwealth Fellow and dean, school of media studies, predicted that the spectre of war of civilization is destined to be a battle between man and machine and not between religions, communities and countries. He raised doubts whether the semiotics of AI has the potential of converting AI into the natural intelligence. 

The phenomena of Mediamorphosis has long been studied by a group of researchers with Professor Debashis Chakrabarti in the school of media at Galgotias University. This colloquium was intended to share the views of media scholars on Mediamorphosis in the digital age.

The dignitaries who expressed their views on the subject included Professor Biswajit Das, Director, Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi and Dr Debalina Dutta of Massey University, New Zealand. 

The technical session included the research works of Dr Debalina Dutta of Massey University, New Zealand, Mr Kunal Verma of Times Group, Ms Richs Singh, emerging filmmaker, Ms Ridhi Kakkar, research scholar of CCMG, JMI and Dr Amaresh Jha of Amity School of Communication.

The Vice-Chancellor of Galgotias University Professor Renu Luthra graced the occasion with her presence and Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Ganesh Babu delivered the presidential lecture.

News24 Bureau