Ashish Kohli

Jammu: 11 September 2022, In an valedictory function at Nagrota, Directorate of Public Relations and White Knight Corps bid farewell to the 29 Journalists of month long Defence Correspondents’ Course (DCC-2022) today. Lt Gen Manjinder Singh, GOC White Knight Corps and Shri Bharat Bhushan Babu, Additional Director General (Media & Communication) Principal Spokesperson of Hon’ble Raksha Mantri graced the occasion.

The participant journalists from every part of the country under nodal officer of this course Lt Col Amitabh Sharma, PRO Defence Jaipur had congregated at Mumbai for the DCC which had commenced on 22 August 2022. The participants of the course after the Navy, Inter Services and Air Force module at various locations reached Jammu for Forward Area Tour from 04 to 11 Sep 2022 in the area of Rising Star Corps and White Knight Corps along the LoC.

The DCC journalists were given a chance to see the Anti Infiltration Obstacle System (AIOS) popularly known as the Line of Control (LC) Fence in Poonch-Rajouri sector. They were taken to forward areas along LoC in Jhangar and Bhimbar Gali, Rajouri and were briefed about demography of the region and LoC. During their visit to Army Goodwill Public School, Rajouri they interacted with the students and teachers. They visited the Corps Battle School, Sarol in order to witness the orientation training of soldiers. They interacted freely with Indian Army soldiers during the visit. They also visited Romeo Force.

Shri Bharat Bhushan Babu, Additional Director General (Media & Communication), Principal Spokesperson of Hon’ble Raksha Mantri first called on the Corps Commander, Lt Gen Manjinder Singh and thereafter both of them interacted with the journalists of the course which was followed by the valedictory function at Nagrota. In his address, the GOC emphasized the budding Defence journalists on sensible reporting on operations and reports on Bravehearts. He also emphasized on the National Security aspects while reporting stories on defence activities in LoC or hinterland.

Shri Bharat Bhushan Babu, ADG awarded the certificates to the participants and emphasized on positive and factual reporting on defence matters. Speaking on the occasion, he said that “the aim of the course was to get journalists from all over the country to give an overview of the functioning of the three wings of the Armed Services. He called upon the journalists to build upon the experience they had gained”. He complimented PRO(Defence) Jammu, Information Warfare branch of Northern Command and White Knight Corps for their whole hearted support for Forward Area Tour. He also thanked the Army, Air Force and Navy for their support for conducting this DCC-2022 smoothly.