Vietnam and India strengthen collaboration in journalism training

A group of 26 reporters and journalists from Vietnam recently completed a two-week training program on journalism and public relations. This intensive program, organized by the Dr. Marri Chenna Reddy Human Resource Development Institute, was sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and hosted under the Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Program. The goal of the program was to enhance the skills and expertise of the participants in the field of journalism and public relations.


From March 18-20, the program aims to equip attendees with the knowledge and expertise to navigate the evolving media landscape.

Dr. MCR HRD Institute and the Vietnamese group of journalists lit the lamp to inaugurate the program. (Photo: Dr. MCR HRD Institute)

During the inauguration, Dr. Shashank Goel, IAS, Director General of the Institute & Spl Chief Secretary to the Government of Telangana, the Chief Guest, emphasized the program’s foundation on the long-term friendly cooperation between the Vietnamese and Indian governments.

In the past, traditional media has held significant influence in public communications. “These Channels have kept citizens well informed about societal issues and empowered them to contribute to positive change and inclusive development,” he noted.

With the rise of social media platforms, the media landscape is undergoing a profound transformation. Journalism and public relations play crucial roles in society, giving voice to the people.

“Effective communication is more than just messaging; it’s about building bridges, fostering understanding, and driving positive change,” said Dr. Shashank Goel.

Honoring Vietnam’s colorful cultural heritage, exciting journey of economic development, and rich democratic traditions, he expressed his hope that the training program would further strengthen the bilateral relations between Vietnam and India.

Dr. Madhavi Ravulapti, Dr. Shashank Goel, Dr. Mohamed Abbas Ali launched the Course Manual. (Photo: Dr. MCR HRD Institute)

During the event, Dr. Shashank Goel, IAS released the Course Manual.

The training program features sessions by highly eminent experts from across India and various field visits in Hyderabad, Delhi, and Agra to offer Vietnamese journalists valuable insights and experiences.

Valerie Mai