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Updated: October 23, 2010 23:42 IST

K.E. Eapen passes away

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K.E. Eapen
K.E. Eapen

K.E. Eapen, a pioneer in journalism and communication education in the country, passed away in Bangalore on Saturday morning. He was 87.

Professor Eapen was actively associated with journalism for over 50 years, having set up three university departments of journalism and communication, and many organisations connected with the field. Besides teaching journalism, he also served on policy-making bodies and authored books on communication.

Professor Eapen was the first convener of the University Grants Commission (UGC) panel on mass communication, and the first UGC National Lecturer and Emeritus Fellow, Journalism/Communication. He served as consultant, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; Vice-President, Commonwealth Association for Education in Journalism and Communication; and Vice-President, International Association for Media and Communication Research.

Professor Eapen was a pioneer in identifying the significance of the Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (SITE) and initiated a SITE evaluation study in the Karnataka cluster in 1975-76 when the nation experimented with satellite technology in taking developmental messages to the underdeveloped areas. Dr. Eapen was recently honoured in New Delhi with the “AMIC Asian Communication Award.”

H.Y. Sharada Prasad, adviser to the former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, who wrote the foreword to Dr. Eapen's book “Critical Issues in Communication: Looking Inward for Answers,” described him as “one of the most distinguished communication teachers and analysts in India” who shaped two generations of communication practitioners.

On hearing the news about Prof.K.E.Eapen, I am shocked and saddened by the loss to our fraternity of journalism educators. Prof.Eapen was a unassuming legend during his lifetime. I was fortunate to come across him way beyond in 1990 when he was the President of ICCTR [Indian Council for Communication Training & Research]. We were a group of young persons wanting to undertake a unique project in women's empowerment through skills building with UNICEF support and needed a platform to help us do it. It was thanks to Prof.Eapen whom I had briefly met that the project was executed and successfully. He had immense faith in competencies of people and trusted their intentions fully. I salute this tall leader in the field of journalism whose loss shall be difficult to be filled easily. Sir, you shall continue to live in our memories.

from:  Usha Chandar
Posted on: Oct 29, 2010 at 12:44 IST
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