The Statesman Print Journalism School (SPJS) was set up in 2008 by the C R Irani Foundation, a not-for-profit body set up in memory of Cushrow Russi Irani who was Editor-in-Chief of The Statesman from 1991 until his death in July 2005.
Mr Irani was a distinguished newspaperman and had won the Commonwealth Astor Prize and the Freedom House Medal for his role in safeguarding the freedom of Press in India. He had been the Chairman of the International Press Institute twice, served with distinction on the board of Article 19, and headed several important professional bodies including the Indian Newspaper Society, the Audit Bureau of Circulations and the Press Trust of India. He was also a member of the National Commission to Review the Indian Constitution.
SPJS has been set up in collaboration with Germany’s Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a political foundation with more than 100 offices in over 120 countries, that makes a unique contribution to the promotion of democracy, rule of law and a social market economy.