Because, they contain IDEAS
A session aimed to create awareness among students about CODISSIA Book Fairs and the significance of books in student life was conducted by Coimbatore Book Foundation (CBF) at the Department of Communication, PSG College of Arts & Science on Feb. 15, 2023.
Dr.Jayaprakash.CR, Mr.Thangarajan.M and Mr.Elangovan.C.R at the Communication Dept. in PSG College of Arts & Science
Senior Reporter Mr.Thangarajan.K from Dinamani, Coimbatore and Mr. Elangovan.C.R from Coimbatore District Small Scale Industries Association (CODISSIA) were the guest lecturers of the day.
Both the guests addressed the students in a general aspect on journalism and their specialization fields, which were enriched by the base of books and the habit of regular reading from their early life.
The Coimbatore Book fair which is also popularly known as CODISSIA bookfair has been taking place for nearly 8 years. The root of creating ‘Book fair in Coimbatore’ was to provide people with the experience of being surrounded by the most phenomenon invention and to furthermore be enhanced by knowledgeable people. This idea was put forward by Mr. Elangovan, taking notice of Chennai book fairs over the years.
“The journey of thousands of miles begins with one step”, identically Coimbatore’s first book fair had only 35 visitors on the inaugural, However, the previous year’s Coimbatore bookfair had nearly 68,000 people. All the glory goes to the CODISSIA for making it happen consistently.
Mr.Thangarajan’s highlights for students: Students should start reading books beyond topics and themes that aren’t related to their subjects.
Learn the history of your surroundings, the places in your city, the University & the founders, and the association of the name with its origin.
Specialists from various fields could be masters in their specific lane, but journalists need to know everything. If not in-depth knowledge in a wide field, then at least brief knowledge of all the fields must be developed.
“Yes, books are dangerous. They should be dangerous – they contain ideas.” – Pete Hautman
Each student must read a minimum of 5 pages each day, which will improve their memory power, strengthen their writing skills and it will change the mindset of individuals on a positive note.
Once students get into the habit of reading regularly, their thirst for knowledge can’t be quenched until they read.
The new media platform has created great opportunities for students to exhibit their talents, and they should make use of it wisely. Students should be tech-savvy additionally, along with their core majors to survive in the digital world.
Mr. Elangovan’s highlights for students:
Develop skills toward your passion, in the circle of life you’ll end up with your passion inevitably but how fast you attain it matters, construct yourself accordingly.
Don’t under estimate yourself and never say “I don’t have time”, if you are determined enough, you’ll make time for your ambitions.
Create the habit of writing down; your views and understanding after reading. With time, this will bring out your talent for writing.
Leave out hesitation. Don’t be hesitant to grab your opportunities, or start something new, everyone was a beginner once.
The event was co-ordinated by DR. Jayaprakash. CR, Head, Department of Communication. The Lecture was sponsored by the Coimbatore Book Foundation. Students of MA Journalism and Mass Communication, MSc. Electronic Media attended the event held at PSG College of Arts & Science.
Report: Shobika ( I MA JMC). Images: Rahul & Jebhan Samuel