Islamabad: Seven Pakistani journalists have completed the two-month Chevening South Asia Journalism Programme (SAJP) Fellowship at the University of Westminster in the UK. The British Deputy High Commissioner, Richard Crowder, hosted a reception at his residence on Tuesday 31st July, to welcome them back.
The Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellowship Programme is aimed at mid-career journalists from South Asia including Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bangladesh.
The programme is funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and offers an opportunity to explore the range of approaches taken by the UK and the South Asian region. Since 2012, 40 fellows have availed the SAJP fellowship from Pakistan.
The event was attended by the Chevening SAJP alumni and officials from the British High Commission. The SAJP scholars highly praised the programme and shared their Chevening experience.
The British Deputy High Commissioner Richard Crowder said:
“I would like to congratulate the participants for successfully completing this intensive Fellowship. During their two months, the journalists had the opportunity to study in the UK with peers from across South Asia. It enables them to share best practice, gain more in-depth experience and to hone their journalistic craft.
“I am delighted that these journalists fully enjoyed their time in the UK, participated in guest lectures, built their networks and spent time in prestigious organizations like Financial Times, BBC and Channel 4. I am confident that they will implement what they have learned in their professional life and will share their knowledge with young journalists in Pakistan.”
The seven fellows who have returned after completing their SAJP course include: Emanuel Sarfraz (The Nation), Arshad Mahmood Yusufzai (Daily Times), Gonila Gill (Daily Dunya), Zia ur Rehman (The News International), Muhammad Adnan (Baluchistan Voices), Iffat Hassan Rizvi (Neo TV) and Hanif ur Rahman (Khyber News TV).
The Chevening online application window will be open from 6 August until 6 November 2018 to receive applications for the academic year 2019/2020. To apply visit www.chevening.org