A Gold Medallist in Mass communication and journalism from University of Kashmir , Showkat Shafi after completing his TV Production and film appreciation course from Jamia Milia Islamia New Delhi in 1992 , joined Media Education Department of Kashmir University (MERC) as a faculty in May 1993 and served there for ten long years.
Showkat has a vast experience in print and electronic media. He remained on the editorial board of the Kashmir based broadsheet newspapers the Kashmir Monitor, the Kashmir observer , , the Mirror of Kashmir , tabloids like Srinagar flash, Kashmir images, Focus , Media times a KU publication and magazines like Mountain valley Kashmir published from Srinagar.
Showkat shafi remained associated with the prestigious department of mass communication and journalism KU as a faculty for 10 years and taught news editing and reporting , communication theories, advertising and public relations, and film appreciation to PG students . He was the founder student editor of the prestigious Media times a publication of the MERC KU which is now an annual feature of the department. Showkat is a free lance anchor with Door Darshan (PBBCI) from the last 20 years and has so far anchored and scripted tens of award winning DD programmes including the prominent ones Subahi Subhai (morning show ) which got the national award. He has written or directed tens of programmes for Door Darshan including the few very popular “ waliv soocav”(let us think) , Kathe paend ( talking point ) commissioned programmes like , Yehee hai Zindagi ( this is life ), Mehmood Gami ( commissioned two episode serial) . He has also anchored the famous environment programme of Door Darshan ( PBBCI) “ ye saeen Kaynaat ( This , our universe) for 3 years.
Showkat was associated with the very popular radio programme Shaherbeen , at the time when famous broadcaster Naeema Ahmad Mehjoor was its editor. Showkat continues to write his columns for the local dailies and magazines on issues confronting our society and especially our youth.. He was awarded with Harmuk 2011, Khilat Harmuk 2010, Khilat Shahbaaz 2016, and Sonzal awards 2009, 2010 and 2011 for his outstanding contribution to Kashmir media , literature and for promoting Kashmir art and culture .
Showkat Shafi has presented number of research papers at various seminars and conferences on the themes concerning society , Media and Kashmir culture , art and literature . He has been a regular panel with Radio Kashmir and participates in various discussions on social.
Showkat shafi is also associated as member with writers organization for research development (WORD) and member mass communication professional guild (MCPG), Kashmir foundation for art and culture (KFAC) and Kashmir Education Initiative .He has served as member sub advisory committee of prestigious Shiekul Alam chair university of Kashmir.
Shafi believes in a simple life and a very strict and honest work culture and looks forward to the evolution of a value based society , free from corruption and full of avenues and opportunities for our youth.