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Updated: March 12, 2019 4:03 pm

NEW DELHI, February 20: The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia (FCC), New Delhi, and the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday (February 19) to institute the Kalinga-FCC Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

The MoU, signed by FCC President S Venkat Narayan and KIIT Founder Prof Achyuta Samanta, is for a period of five years (2019-2023). The KIIT will spend Rs 50 lakhs during this period on the awards and their conduct and administration.

Five awards, each worth Rs 1,00,000 in cash, will be presented along with a Medal and Citation to the best entries received in five categories, namely: Print, Television, Radio, Photography and Online.

The Awards will be given each year to journalists picked by the Jury as 1. Print Journalist of the Year, 2. Television Journalist of the Year, 3. Radio Journalist of the Year, 4. Photo Journalist of the Year, 5. Online Journalist of the Year

Founded in 1958, the FCC has been keen to promote and encourage coverage of the eight-nation SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) region in the global media, and acknowledge the best coverage of South Asia in the media outside the region by offering annual awards to individuals or teams that are adjudged as the best entries by an independent jury.

The FCC invited Prof Samanta, Founder of the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University and the Kalinga Institute of Social Studies (KISS) University, Bhubaneswar, to collaborate in establishing Annual FCC Awards for Excellence in Journalism to be given to journalists for their work out of India and other countries in South Asia, namely: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and published or broadcast in the global media outside the SAARC region.

The KIIT Deemed to be University is among India’s most sought-after institutions, attracting students from India and 50 other countries to pursue professional and technical education. The 15-year young KIIT is among the first self-financing universities in India to be ranked by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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