It was a dream come true for Samarth Jawa, who is a student at LPU Journalism School, when he was selected for ‘FIFA U-17 World Cup Media Operations’ Volunteering Team. He is the only one from the region and among 23 selected from across India. The Tournament is scheduled to be held in India between Oct 6 and Oct 28.

Samarth expressed his delight about being a part of FIFA U-17 by saying, “I feel proud on getting involved with FIFA’s first tournament in our country. In fact, I am still not believing myself that I am going to be a part of 211 member associations and the 270 million players, coaches, referees and other participants around the world….these are indeed the great moments of great pride for me. As a journalism student, I am getting such a big-break at an early stage of my career. I wanted to be a sports’ journalist and this international opportunity has added a great luster to my profile.”

LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal congratulated Samarth on his achievement and said, “The departments at LPU school of Journalism, Film and Television Production are working earnestly to ensure that students get hands on learning experience. Samarth getting so early a break through such a tough competition is indeed a great achievement of the department. Prior to Samarth’s prestigious selection, many other students have also shown sparks of their great talent at Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival Awards (Student Category) many a times, and even got international scholarship to advance their knowledge in the field of their expertise.”

It is the first time India will host a FIFA U-17 Tournament. A total of 24 qualified teams will compete for the title in the Tournament that is scheduled to last for 22 days at six different venues across the country.