Seminar on the Right to Information Act organised by Symbiosis
The Symbiosis International Institute of Media Communication (SIMC) organised a seminar on the Right to Information (RTI) Act as a part of their second annual seminar. A discussion regarding the benefits of RTI to the media saw over 500 students from various institutes under the Symbiosis University (Symbiosis International Institute of Media and Communication, Symbiosis school of Law, Symbiosis school of Economics and Symbiosis school of Liberal Arts, among other Symbiosis institutes) taking part in the seminar. Subhash Agrawal, RTI activist, and Josy Joseph, journalist, were among the eminent personalities.
The speakers talked of the possible uses of the RTI Act by citizen-activists and NGOs in various parts of the country. The seminar was intended to bring about an awareness about RTI Act and its application amongst the students of journalism. Agarwal said that “Media has the potential to strengthen the RTI movement in India. RTI should be an important ritual for conscious citizens”. Joseph pointed that the RTI must be kept as a last resort and said “Only when all other tools to extract and gather accurate information has been exhausted must a journalist resort to RTI”.