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Name: Dr Ajit Kumar Jha
Cohort 7
Current Organization: GULF Tribune
Current Designation: Editor
Region: Abroad
Sector: Media

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Ajit Kumar Jha is launching the GULF Tribune from Doha, Qatar in Feb-March 2006. He will be the Editor, of the new English-French daily, a fiercely independent editorially driven newspaper which plans to build a brand as respected in the Middle East as Al Jazeera, the TV channel broadcasted from Doha. These days Ajit is busy recruiting for the paper, working out strategic partnerships with other news agencies and newspapers globally and working out the editorial policy as well the layout, design, and other details. Until recently, Ajit has been the Editor, of Oman Tribune, at Muscat, Oman. Ajit launched the Oman Tribune in 2004 and managed to turn the media market upside down in a short interval. Under Ajit’s leadership Oman Tribune turned out to be the number one editorial product of Oman. Ajit received Oman’s most prestigious award for his series on the paradoxes of Omanisation and liberalisation.

In India, Ajit was a senior editor at India Today in New Delhi. India Today is the country's leading newsmagazine. He headed the election cell of the magazine and was the leading psephologist (pollster) for the TV Today networks (Aaj Tak and Headlines Today). Other than conducting national level opinion polls he wrote extensively on politics, development and other issues.

In the past, Ajit has been the Senior Associate editor with The Indian Express in New Delhi. He looked after The Sunday Express and has also launched the Lucknow edition of the paper and has been a Resident Editor of the Bombay Edition. He was previously with The Times of India as their Resident Editor for the Patna edition and as a senior assistant editor for their editorial page in New Delhi. He also taught at the Times School of Journalism and Management.

He has worked as an Assistant Editor for The Hindustan Times, in New Delhi and has been the California Correspondent for India Today. All three newspapers are leading English language dailies in India.

He writes on subjects both global and local issues. Areas of special interest include international politics, democracy and economic development and the environment. AS a graduate student, Ajit attended the University of California, Los Angeles, USA for a doctorate in political science and has an M Litt in Politics from the University of Oxford, England. His research on Democracy and Development included finding the links between electoral outcomes and development programmes.

At Oxford, he wrote a thesis on the politics of economic crisis. He has also taught at the UCLA for four years. He was awarded the Inlaks Scholarship and the Radhakrishnan Bequest while at Oxford, the American Institute of Indian Studies fellowship from the Smithsonian Foundation at the UCLA. He was also a Salzburg Seminarist and received the Lead Fellowship in 1998. He also attended the 10th World Report conference at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta and in New York. He is a LEAD Fellow.


Name: Krishnendu Bose
Cohort 3
Current Organization: Earthcare Films
Current Designation: Director
Region: North
Sector: Media

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KRISHNENDU BOSE, set up Earthcare Films, making wildlife and conservation films after acquiring a Masters degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics (1985) and since then has produced many award winning documentaries in wildlife conservation.

His film ‘Tiger- the Death Chronicles’ got the coveted Wildlife Conservation Award at the 4th Vatavaran Film Festival 2007 and Conservation Award at the International Wildlife Film Festival at Missoula, Montanna in 2008. ‘The Latent city’ his film in 2009 was awarded the Grand Prix, for the best film in Dokumenta Art Film Festival, Romania. Krishnendu produced the first wildlife series for children in India – Jungle Gang in collaboration with WWF-India. He has also been presented with the highest award for documentary filmmaking in the field of Environment and Wildlife in India- CMS-UNEP Prithvi Ratna Award in 2009.
He is also the founding member of ECO (Earthcare Outreach Trust) and it’s Managing Trustee. His long standing work in the field of socially relevant conservation and wild life filmmaking and his keen desire to share his skills and mentor young people, have come together wonderfully to lay the foundation
of ECO. He has also been involved in conducting sessions on environment education in schools and colleges, using his films as a medium. He has been a guest faculty in top media and design schools in India like Symbiosis and National School of Design.

Krishnendu is a LEAD - Leadership in Environment and Development, fellow and also a member of International Union of Conservation for Nature. Since 1996 Krishnendu, has also been involved in line producing and producing International Television productions. He has produced shows for Sony- AXN’s- Amazing Race Asia. He has also co-produced an award-winning documentary on pesticide deaths with Honrung Television, Hamburg – Cycle of Poison. He has been line producer, CBS Network for their 9 time Emmy Awarded Series Amazing Race. Krishnendu, is a keen photographer and loves traveling and writing about it. Krishnendu, lives with his wife Madhurima and two children in Delhi.


Name: Mr Abhay P Vaidya
Cohort-10
Current Organization: Daily News Analysis, Pune
Current Designation: Deputy Resident Editor
Region: West
Sector: Media

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Abhay Vaidya presently working as Deputy Resident Editor of Daily News & Analysis, in Pune. Prior to that he was Assistant Editor (Chief of Bureau) at Times of India, Pune where he leads a team of city reporters and outstation correspondents. He began his journalistic career in 1987 and since then has reported extensively on political and non-political developments in western Maharashtra. In 1991, he was awarded the Rotary Foundation Journalism Scholarship under which he went to the United States for a graduate study program. He was the Times of India's Washington Correspondent during 1993-94. Abhay's current priorities are to report on a range of urban developmental issues such as traffic and transportation, urban growth, water supply and urban waste disposal. Abhay has also worked in television and has produced a series of short television reports for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on the problems of refugees in South Asia.


Name: Mr Rhul Chandawarkar
Cohort-10
Current Organization: Goa
Current Designation: Journalist and P R Consultant
Region: West
Sector: Media

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Rahul is Journalist and P R Consultant, Goa prior this he as Resident Editor, Sakal Times based in Pune, India. He was until recently an assistant editor with the Daily News and Analysis (DNA) newspaper in Pune. Rahul was recently awarded the Ramnath Goenka excellence in journalism award for environmental reporting by the Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari in New Delhi on January 16, 2012. The Goenka awards which are considered the foremost awards in the field of Indian journalism are given to 36 journalists across India every year. Rahul received the Goenka award for running multiple campaigns on the eco-degradation of the hill stations of Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani near Pune in the DNA newspaper's Pune edition. Rahul - an MBA by training - has been writing for newspapers and magazines since the age of 16. He has the added benefit of having worked in the Indian corporate world for ten-full years (1987-97).


Name: Ms Asha Ramachandran
Cohort 8
Current Organization: The Statesman
Current Designation: Senior Correspondent
Region: North
Sector: Media

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Asha RAMACHANDRAN is a Features Editor with The Statesman. In this position, she handles the features pages of the newspaper, including supplementaries and in the main paper. She also reports on environment and economic issues. She was earlier Special Correspondent with Delhi bureau of the newspaper. Her writings cover major policy issues of the government as well as events related to environment.
She was briefly with The Mint, a business daily and sister organisation of The Hindustan Times. There she was, in her capacity as Deputy National Copy Chief, responsible for the production process of the news pages.
She was previously Coordinator of Down To Earth, an environment and science fortnightly brought out by the Centre for Science and Environment. Prior to this, she was a senior environment correspondent with the economic division of Press Trust of India, a leading news agency, which she joined in 1986. In a previous position at the news agency, she coordinated the features division and wrote a number of articles exploring crucial environmental issues from a cross-section of perspectives.
She has a bachelor's degree in botany, zoology and chemistry. Her diploma in news agency journalism is from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. She also holds an Advanced Diploma in French from the Delhi University and Alliance Francaise.


Name: Ms K Ramya
Cohort-17
Current Organization: F M Radio, Bangalore
Current Designation: Station Manager
Region: South
Sector: Media

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Ramya has over seven years of experience in the community radio sector. Having started her career has a Radio Jockey in 2007; she has progressed to be the Station Manager at Radio Active- Bangalore's first community radio station. At the station, she is involved in documentation of the station's activities, coordination of volunteers, designing communication and promotional materials, in addition to handling and managing the technical set up of the station.

Ramya co-assisted in the production of the Active women series in 2008 which has nominated for the Radio Duniya Awards 2008.


As an important component of the station's activity is outreach programme, she and her colleague spearheaded the RTE campaign which involved creating awareness on RTE in the slums, meeting with parents. Ramya was also a representative member of the RTE Task Force from the station. The activities of the Task Force included production of radio programmes, creating awareness, policy advocacy and documentation.

As part of the Task Force she also had the opportunity to work on the design and documentation of the India Literacy Project on the implementation of the RTE task force chapters in Gulburga and Chikballapura.

She has also worked on other projects like assisting students from Jain University on the National Entrepreneurship Network's E -week event in 2010 on the Aerobic Rice Plantation in Kolar.

Ramya volunteered to work on the Radio Mathematics project awarded to the station by the Department of Science and technology, Ministry of Science and technology, Government of India as the Principal Investigator. This project involves production of 180 episodes of radio series and conducting outreach activities.

In 2014, when One World Foundation invited applications for Community Radio Facilitation Centre's internship program, Ramya applied and was selected for a four day seminar that focused on Community Radio licensing procedures and steps involved. Following the program she was certified to assist potential applicants.