AK [61期生（2019年春）] [インド]
Warm Greetings from India.
I am Alankar Kaushik and I belong to the North-eastern part of India, a region full of culture and diversity. I am a faculty at EFL University, Shillong Campus where I teach courses pertaining to Journalism and Mass Communication. And apart from my regular teaching assignment, I have been leading a project titled Children in Media Experiments (CHIME) for the department of Journalism and Mass Communication at my campus with the support from UNICEF Assam since 2012. With the support of our dedicated team, we have experimented with many aspects of Participatory Media and finally since 2015 have been training school going children from economically disadvantaged groups near our campus to get acquainted with the skills required for storytelling through the use of visual media.
I offer my sincere gratitude for selecting me as one of the participants for the training programme. And I am highly delighted and I look forward to gain a proper understanding of transcultural communication by meeting people from different regions of the world. The group discussions will open new area of avenues for collaborative projects among various nations. I believe listening to the innovative ideas and experience will provide me a platform to raise my sense of leadership to another level. The field trips in Japan and training on communication skills by the renowned experts will boost my confidence to come back and initiate my dream of applying proper communication channels for social change.
This international exposure and the initiation of the dialogues among fantastic people from various countries will definitely act as a catalyst for improving on my leadership traits and will provide enough openness and fresh perspective to the cause that I am envisioning – ‘encouraging various communities to amplify their unheard voices’.