About us

An idea to establish a Press Club in Jammu was conceived way back in January, 1992, in the glowing minds of a few Jammu based young working Journalists. These young men had imagined a full fledged Press Club in the City of temples, where, their colleagues could sit and find ways for the betterment of their fraternity and also create infrastructure for their recreation after their tiring professional and hectic activities. The veteran journalists of the state supported their cause and came forward to guide the young journalists.

Hence, to seek the guidance, a meeting of the stalwarts of the journalistic field like, Mr. Shyam Koul, Mr. Ved Bhasin, Mr. M. L. Kak, Mr. Kamal Rohmetra, Mr. R. C. Ganjoo, Mr. Mr. M. L. Koul, Mr. O. N. Koul, Ashwani Kumar, Mr. Ashok Handoo Mr. Sanjeev Pargal, Mr. AshokSodhi, and Mr. Suresh Duggar was held in the Tourist Reception Centre, Jammu on January,09, 1992. They constituted a Press Club Committee, consisting of 5 journalists, Mr. M. K. Bangroo, Mr. Raju Kerni, Mr. Manu Shrivatsa, Mr. Shakeel Akhtar and Mr. Kamal Rohmetra to keep liaison with the senior Government Officers and seek help from them to create the infrastructure for setting up of the Press Club in Jammu.

 

The Committee met the Advisor to the Governor, Mr. Hamid Ullah Khan, Commissioner/ Secretary, Information, Mr. Vijay Bakaya, in this context and discussed the dire need of setting up of the Press Club in Jammu. The Committee, later met the then Governor, H.E., Mr. G. C. Saxena, who assured them of all the help to set up the Press Club.

Ultimately, the Committee succeeded to get favour of the then Chief Secretary, Mr. Ghulam Rasool, who helped them in constructing a building to set up a Press Club near Exhibition Ground, Jammu with the financial help of the State Information department. The then Joint Director of Information Mr. K. B. Jandial played a very important role in setting up of the Press Club in Jammu.

After three long years, the Press Club of Jammu was finally established in a small building, constructed by the State Information department in March, 1995, with a score of its primary members. Later the number of members grew gradually and this accommodation proved insufficient. Again the Government was approached to handover the JDA's building of closed India Coffee House near the existing Club building, which was handed over to the Club in April, 1997.

The existing Club building was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, on November, 12, 1997. Which is now on its way to progress day in day out.

The affairs of the Press Club are run by a democratically elected 11- Member Managing Committee for two years. The Committee consists of 4, office bearers and 7, executive members.

The present Managing Committee of the Press Club of Jammu for 2015 onwards is as under:

1. Mr. Ashwani Kumar President
2. Mr. Abhimanyu Sharma Vice-President
3. Mr. Zorawar Singh Jamwal Secretary General
4. Mr. Dinesh Manhotra Treasurer
5. Mr. Nishikant Khajuria Executive Member
6. Mr. Pawan Sharma Executive Member
7. Mr. Vishal Bharti Executive Member
8. Mr. Dinesh Mahajan Executive Member
9. Mr. Deepak Khajuria Executive Member
10. Mr. Surjeet Singh Executive Member
11. Mr. Ajay Bachloo Executive Member

Since, May 22nd 1995, when the first democratically elected Managing Committee took over the responsibilities of the management of the Press Club of Jammu, following Presidents and Secretary Generals along with their other office bearers and executive members worked selflessly for the development of this pioneer institution of the working journalists in Jammu & Kashmir State and brought it to its present heights:


Presidents

1. Mr. O. N. Koul 22 - 05 - 1995 to 09 - 02 - 1996
2. Mr. Ved Bhasin 10 - 02 - 1996 to 09 - 02 -1998
3. Mr. Ved Bhasin 10 - 02 - 1998 to 13 - 09 - 1998
4. Mr. Ved Bhasin 14 - 09 - 1998 to 12 - 04 - 2000
5. Mr. Shakeel Akhtar 13 - 04 - 2000 to 09 - 08 - 2000
  Mr. Manu Shrivatsa
(Acting President)
10 - 08 - 2000 to 31 - 03 - 2002
6. Mr. Ved Bhasin 01 - 04 - 2002 to 30 - 05 - 2004
7. Mr. Manu Shrivatsa 31 - 05 - 2004 to 25 - 02 - 2009
8. Mr. Manu Shrivatsa 26 - 02 - 2009 to 05 - 04 - 2015
9. Mr. Ashwani Kumar 06 - 04 - 2015 onwards


Secretary Generals

1. Mr. Anil Sharma 22- 05 -1995 to 09 - 02 - 1996
2. Mr. Shakeel Akhtar 10 - 02 -1996 to 09 - 02 -1998
3. Mr. Shakeel Akhtar 10 - 02 -1998 to 13 - 09 - 1998
4. Mr. Ashwani Kumar 14 - 09 -1998 to 12 - 04 - 2000
5. Mr. Prabodh Jamwal 13 - 04 -2000 to 31 - 03 - 2002
6. Mr. Ashwani Kumar 01 - 04 - 2002 to 30 - 05 - 2004
7. Mr. Sohail Kazmi 31 - 05 - 2004 to 25 - 02 - 2009
8. Mr. Sohail Kazmi 26 - 02 - 2009 to 05 - 04 - 2015
8. Mr. Zorawar Singh Jamwal 06 - 04 - 2015 onwards

 

 

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Office Secretary : 0191-2560783
Reception : 0191-2576077
Accounts : 0191-2540397

 


You can email us on
pressclubofjammu@gmail.com


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