Organized by: NSHM School of Media and Design, NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata
March 8 & 9, 2019

About the Conference

Building egalitarian society is one of the priorities of modern democratic states, and mass media plays a crucial role in shaping public opinion on understanding and implementation of egalitarianism. This is reached through socio-economic progress, attainment of gender justice and awareness of political and human rights. Amidst increasing censorship, atrocity against women, paid news, social media trolls, design dilemma and rampant fake news, the Y - Factor International Conference 2019 at NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata, aims to discuss and debate the role of media caught at crossroads.


The two-day Seminar will have four Sessions – Three Technical Sessions on: Media & Women, Media & Design and Media & Human Rights and a Panel Discussion on “Media at crossroads: Censorship, Social Media and Fake News”.


Our Partners Include: Asia Centre- Thailand & Malaysia, South Asian Women in Media (SAWM), Press Club, Kolkata. Our “Professional Partner” - British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata, Public Relations Society of India (Kolkata Chapter) and WACOM.

Eminent Speakers

Justice Shyamal Sen

An illustrious jurist, Justice Shyamal Sen served as the Chief Justice of Allahabad and Calcutta High Court. Former Governor of West Bengal, Justice Sen also served as Chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission.

Dilrukshi Handunnetti

A multiple award-winning Sri Lankan journalist and a lawyer. She currently works as the Consultant Editor of the Weekend and Daily Express, Sri Lanka's first international newspaper, and published in collaboration with the New York Times. She is the Co-Convener of South Asian Women in Media - Sri Lanka, a SAARC- affiliated regional women journalists’ body and is engaged in working with journalists across South Asia.

Bachi Karkaria

SAWM India member Bachi Karkaria writes the weekly column “Erratica” for Times of India and is the Director of the Times Litfest. Bachi Karkaria was the first Indian on the board of the World Editors Forum, is a recipient of the US-based Mary Morgan-Hewitt Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a Jefferson Fellow of the East West Centre, Honolulu. Her latest book is “In Hot Blood” (Juggernaut, 2017).

Nirupama Subramanian

Resident Editor, The Indian Express, Mumbai. Before this, she was a foreign correspondent for The Hindu in Sri Lanka and Pakistan. She began working as a journalist in the Times of India over 30 years ago, and has also worked at Sunday Observer and India Today. She won the Prem Bhatia award in 2008 and the Chameli Devi award in 2009.

Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal

Senior Indian journalist and commentator and Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, the oldest English newspaper published from Jammu and Kashmir. She also writes regularly for The Caravan.

Tessa Alleblas

A Dutch national,Tessa, is the Research & Grants Officer at Asia Centre in Bangkok. She is an international jurist with more than six years of experience in research, analysis and writing in the fields of international law and human rights, international criminal law, conflict and atrocity prevention. She has published in St. John’s Law Review as well as in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage and Open Democracy.

James Gomez

Dr. James Gomez is Chair, Board of Directors of Asia Centre (Malaysia and Thailand) a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to create human rights impact in the region. He is the convener of Asia Centre’s upcoming international conference on Fake News and Elections in Asia, 10-12 July, Bangkok, Thailand.

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta’s work experience, spanning over 40 years, cuts across different media: print, radio, television and documentary cinema. He is a writer, speaker, anchor, interviewer, teacher and commentator in three languages: English, Bangla and Hindi. His main areas of interest are the working of the political economy and the media in India and the world, on which he has authored/co-authored books and directed/produced documentary films.

Swati Bhattacharjee

Swati Bhattacharjee is General Secretary, SAWM India, and Senior Assistant Editor, Ananda Bazar Patrika. She has a PhD is Social Science from Tata Institute of Social Studies, Mumbai. She was a Fulbright Fellow, 2010-2011, at ALJ Poverty Action Lab, MIT. Her awards in journalism include the “Journalist of Courage and Impact” Award from East West Centre, Hawaii (2018).

Snehasis Sur

A very senior television journalist and educationist, Snehashis Sur is a correspondent with Doordarshan since 1988.He had worked for All India Radio and also with the print media. He is the Regional Coordinator for West Bengal of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) and the Chapter Head of MIC (Media Information and Communication Centre of India). Being a veteran media educator, he is associated with almost all the major universities of Bengal and the IIMC, Dhenkanol, Orissa. Presently, he is the President of the Press Club, Kolkata.

Ujjwal K. Chowdhury

A prominent media academic. Currently heads the School of Media at Pearl Academy.His experiences and achievements include spearheading some of the finest media institutes in the country like Symbiosis International University, Amity University and Whistling Woods International School of Media & Communication. Worked for New Business Age (Kathmandu) and New Global Indian India. Associated with civil society activism on skilling and green issues in particular.

Cyrus Dastur

Film Maker & Founder-Shamiana Arts, Asia's biggest Short Film club and a well-known theatre personality and columnist in reputed publications.

Sameer S Sahasrabudhe

Dr. Sameer S Sahasrabudhe works as Senior Project Research Scientist, at the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay. He has a cumulative experience of 18 years, in the areas of advertising, animation film production, eLearning content creation, research, and teaching. He has bagged awards at national and international film festivals.

Tejas Gandhi

A keen admirer of the Fashion Industry and an excellent contemporary designer. Runs his own fashion label “TEJAS GANDHI” to highlight the Modern Independent Indian. Though his designs carry a Westernized look, they are rooted in the traditional heritage of India. Showcased lines all over the nation and abroad. Worked with Naserruddin Shah, Irrfan Khan, Govinda. Rituparna Sen Gupta, Koel Mallick, Sayantika, Nusrat Jahan,Srabonti, Mimi, Paoli Dam keep him busy at his store Bedazzled.

Event Schedule

Technical Sessions followed by Panel Discussion

Day 1 – March 8, 2019

Media and Women (Inauguration - Session 1)

Paper Presentation - (Session 1) & Media and Design (Session 2)

Day 2 - March 9, 2019

Media and Human Rights (Session 1)

Paper Presentation (Session 2 - followed by Valedictory Session)

Panel Discussion (Evening Session)

Panel Discussion Topic: Media at Crossroads: Censorship, Social Media and Fake News

Limited Seats available for Day 2, Evening Session - 20 seats to be allotted on the first-cum-first-served basis. Registration fee - Rs. 500.

Call for Abstract

Board & Committee Members


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