Silchar, June 28: In what could be called an inspiring leap, two young women from Assam have been selected for the prestigious National Foundation for India (NFI) Media Fellowship for independent journalists 2021.
Chandrani Sinha, an independent multimedia journalist from Guwahati and Pompy Paul, a research scholar at the Department of Mass Communication at Assam University Silchar have made it to the NFI list of media fellows this year.
Sharing her thoughts with The Assam Tribune, Chandrani said, "We are amidst unprecedented circumstances owing to the outbreak of COVID-19. I feel this fellowship is a good scope to document the impact of the pandemic in Assam's tea industry and I am looking forward to it."
On the other hand, a gold medalist from the batch of 2017 at the Department of Mass Communication, Assam University Silchar and a PhD scholar, Pompy Paul said "I am delighted to be selected by the NFI and I am eagerly waiting to make most of the opportunity ahead. I thank my parents, my supervisor Prof GP Pandey, the dean and head of the department, my teachers and my friend Abhishek Roy for all the motivation. Sources at Assam varsity informed that while most of the recipients of the fellowship are independent journalists, only three media researchers, one each from Assam University Silchar, IIT Madras and University of Hyderabad have received the fellowship for this year.