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School of Mass Communication and Journalism

The Department of Mass Communication & Journalism

Vision and Mission

The Maulana Azad National Urdu University launched its M.A. degree program in Mass Communication and Journalism on September 13, 2004. The Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at Maulana Azad National Urdu University has made steady strides. It has an MA (JMC) Program that trains Urdu-speaking students for careers in the ever expanding field of Media. The main objective of the Department is to produce professionals who are well trained and well equipped to cope up with emerging challenges in the field of Electronic and Print Media and research. In this regard the department is working hard to achieve high standards in media teaching and research.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism is situated in sophisticated media environment at the newly constructed Instructional Media Centre building. To enhance the practical training of the students of Mass Communication & Journalism, the infrastructure of Instructional Media Centre is also being used to provide the necessary facilities for Audio/ Video media.

Course Design

For the two-year MA (JMC) course the medium of instruction and examination is Urdu. It runs into four semesters. The MA (JMC) program has been designed in such a way that it provides a balanced of communication theory, print journalism, Radio Production and TV/Video Production. The theory courses involve presentation of seminar papers, practical assignments in areas such as writing for print media and electronic media, a research project, class presentations and other assignments.

The syllabus that the department follows is duly updated incorporating the changing needs of the market.

The program is of two years duration and the medium of instruction/ examination is Urdu. The course is divided into four semesters and there are four courses to be covered in each semester. Hence, the entire program comprises of sixteen courses. The course mostly follows the curriculum recommended by UGC. However, some changes may be made in accordance with the specific requirement of the students' clientele on recommendations of Board of Studies, School Board, and other statutory bodies of the University.

The course is designed to ensure that students acquire competency in Media skills as well as a thorough understanding of communication processes in the Indian social context.

At present, the course is made up of a combination of papers dealing with communication skills in print and electronic media like Writing, Reporting & Editing, Radio Production, TV &Video Production, Advertising and Public Relations and theoretical orientation comprising Communication Theories, Development Communication, Media Ethics and Communication Research Methodologies.

Skill training is complemented by rigorous reading and analysis of contemporary issues in media. Students are required to participate in field activities like communications and culture.

The MA (JMC) program has been designed in such a way to provide the student a balanced offering of communication theory, print journalism, Radio Production and TV, Video Production. The theory courses involve presentation of seminar papers, practical assignments in areas such as writing for print media and electronic media, a research project, class presentations and other assignments.

In the 1st semester, students are also required to print and publish a Lab Journal. The students research, write and design a Lab Journal named 'Izhar'. This is then published by the department.

Keeping in view the inputs of the media industry, the Department introduced an paper i.e. based on theory and practical titled – 'English Journalistic Skills' during first Semester to enable students to acquire the basic knowledge in the English language. Secondly keeping in view the requirement of Urdu Media Industry, a theoretical cum practical paper titled – 'Urdu Media' was introduced to help students understand the wider socio-economic implications within which the Urdu press functions in India.

During IInd Semester, students will also work in groups to produce Radio Documentary and Video Documentaries also.

As part of the syllabus, students will work in groups to produce different genres of video programmes on Multi camera setup in the 3rd semesters.

Simultaneously another Paper - Introduction to Film Studies was introduced in the fourth semester. Further, student will also have to write/ execute and report a research project/Dissertation under the guidance of faculty members.

Besides regular teaching, Guest faculties from the media organizations and field experts were engaged to provide hands on training to students. And a media workshop is being organised in each semester where Media Professionals are invited.

As part of the syllabus, local field visits/educational tour were organised every year where students were taken to visit reputed media houses of electronic media and print media at Hyderabad to see the functioning of the Studio/ Media offices and interact with famous personalities of the Media houses and their staff

After completion of the 2nd Semester, each student will have to undergo four weeks of internship in reputed Media organizations.

The Infrastructure Facilities

The Department is located on the 1st floor of the Instructional Media Centre. This gives advantage to our students for their practical inputs for TV and Radio Productions. The Instructional Media Centre has a standard instructional audio studio and video studio, MTV studio on multi-cam online setup with all associated facilities, and has several units of outdoor shooting.

Comprehensive training is provided on single camera and multi camera techniques. The students have facilities to learn and get trained in print media, post production editing like FCP & AVID, computer graphics and animation and the use of teleprompter for news reading.

The infrastructure of IMC consists of a Video Studio, Audio Studio, associated control rooms, and a comprehensive post production facility by way of audio edit suits, non-linear editing, computer graphics and animation etc.

Video studio has a multi camera online setup which is equipped by high-end broadcast grade cameras (Sony make D-55PH), with adjoining PCR, a 32 channel audio mixer and associated production gear. Lighting in the video studio is provided by a flexible, motorized lighting grid containing cool lights.

HDTV compatible cameras (HVR-ZIP and PD170 of SONY) are provided for outdoor shooting. Audio studio with its associated control room is equipped for digital audio recording on Audio work station.

The department of MCJ has 15 high end Graphic workstations with sophisticated soft-wares for the usage of 2D & 3D animations at Graphic & Animation Lab. The Print Lab has 14 high end computers to publish in-house Journals/papers by the students.

A Computer Lab equipped with adequate software to print in-house Lab Journal enable students to work on their assignments and other course-related projects, especially in print media. In the Seminar Hall, the students have access to TV cable and more than a dozen English & Urdu Newspapers and magazines.

Eligibility for Admission in MA (JMC) Course

The admission to MA (Mass Communication and Journalism) is through Entrance Test generally held in May/ June. Graduation with minimum 45% aggregate from a recognized university in any discipline is the eligibility. Candidates must have studied Urdu as a subject at least till tenth standard level or having knowledge of Urdu to demonstrate the ability to read and write in Urdu. The course is full time and 75% attendance is compulsory. All rules and regulations of the University apply.

Research Program at the Department

The Department has started the Ph.D course in Mass Communication & Journalism from the academic year 2014. The admission for Ph.D (MCJ) is through entrance test. Being an Urdu university, the principle thrust area of the research of the department is media and the portrayal of the minorities, marginalized Indian communities, representation of the under-represented and the under-privileged, and other areas that have been ignored or bypassed by the mainstream academic research institutions.

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