PRCI confers ‘Intl Communication Excellence Award’ on MAN Chairperson Pant


BANGALORE: Laxman Datt Pant, internationally acclaimed communications expert and the chairperson of Media Action Nepal (MAN) has been conferred with the prestigious ‘International Communication Excellence Award’. Public Relations Council of India (PRCI) conferred the award on Pant for his extraordinary contributions to the global media development and professional journalism. Pant received the award amid the ceremony organized on March 6, 2020 in Bangalore, India during the 14th Global Communication Conclave.

Born in Nagarjun village of Dashrathchand Municipality of the Baitadi district of Nepal, Pant started his career as a radio journalist 22 years ago in Nepal and worked with numerous media outlets ranging from a reporter to an editor. Author of about a dozen of books in different disciplines of media, Pant has contributed with research articles and analysis to international journals and anthologies. Visiting professor of journalism in the universities of Nepal, India, China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Finland, Pant served as an advisory editorial board member at the IGI Global, the United States’ leading academic publication house.

Currently the Chairperson of Media Action Nepal and the senior special correspondent with TV Today, Pant served for about a decade as communications expert to the organizations including the United Nations. An eminent media and journalism trainer, Pant has travelled to more than 65 districts of the country and led journalism capacity building programs, media policy discussions and workshops thereby building capacities of about 2000 working journalists. He has formulated and reviewed with the communications and media strategies of various organizations globally.

He is the host/producer of the popular television show POWERchat-Nepal’s only TV Show in English discussing Development and Diplomacy since 2016. Pant is also leading Nepal Chapter of the World Communicators’ Council since 2019.

Established by PRCI in 2009, the ‘International Communication Excellence Award’ is conferred on an individual for the extraordinary contribution in global communications annually. Pant is the first Nepalese to receive the award.