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School of Mass Communication and Journalism

The Department of Mass Communication & Journalism

Vision and Mission

The Department of Mass Communication and Journalism was launched on September 13, 2004, and has made steady strides since then. It has an M.A. (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 trained and equipped to cope up with emerging challenges in the field of electronic and print media and communication research.

Course Design

The M.A. (JMC) program offers a fine balance of Communication Theories, Print and TV Journalism, Radio, TV/Video Production, Communication Research, Film Studies, and Graphics and Animation. The course involves presentation of seminar papers, practical assignments, research project, and class presentations.The syllabus of the department is regularly updated to meet the changing needs of the market.At various stages of the course, students may opt for Discipline Specific Elective (DSE) papers like Advertising and Market Research, Public Relations & Corporate Communication, Advanced Journalism, Web & Convergent Journalism, International & Intercultural Communication and Development Communication. The department has introduced a paper– 'English Journalistic Skills' in the First Semester to enable students to acquire basic knowledge in the English language. Besides a theory cum practical paper– 'Urdu Media' was introduced to help students understand the wider socio-economic implications within which the Urdu press functions in India.Students are also required to print and publish a Lab Journal named 'Izhaar'.

In the Second Semester, students produce Radio and Video documentaries.After completion of the Second Semester, students undergo four weeks of internship in reputed media organizations. They also produce different genres of video programmes on Multi camera setup. Another paper - Film Studies has been introduced in the Third semester. The Department now offers a paper on Graphics and Animations with practical’s in the Fourth Semester. Students also learn the finer skills of translating for the Urdu media through the paper – Translation for Urdu media. Further, they have to write/ execute and report a research project/Dissertation under the guidance of assigned faculty members in the Fourth Semester.

Besides regular teaching, guest faculties from the media organizations and field experts are engaged to provide hands on training to students throughout the semesters. As part of the syllabus, local field visits/educational tour are organized every year where students visit reputed media houses of electronic media and print media in Hyderabad to see the functioning of the Studio/ media offices and interact with media personalities of the media houses and their staff.

 Infrastructure Facilities

The Department utilizes the infrastructure of the Instructional Media Centre (IMC), which 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.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 suites, non-linear editing, computer graphics and animation etc.

Comprehensive training is provided on single camera and multi camera techniques. Students 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. 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 has 15 high end Graphic workstations with sophisticated softwares 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. In the Seminar Hall, the students have access to cable TV and more than a dozen Urdu, English, Hindi & Telugu Newspapers and magazines.

Eligibility for Admission in M.A. (JMC) Course

The admission to M.A. (Mass Communication and Journalism) is through Merit. The minimum 45% marks required in Graduation from a recognized university in any discipline as eligibility. Candidates must have studied Urdu as a subject at least till tenth/twelth/Graduation standard level. 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 started the Ph.D (JMC)course in Mass Communication & Journalism from the academic year 2014. The admission for Ph.D (JMC) 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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