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Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University
Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Educational Campus, Amravati Road, Nagpur - 440033
Tel: (0712) 2500085, e-mail: [email protected]

About us | Facilities | Courses | Faculty | Major Activities during 2013-14
 

About Us
The media and entertainment industry in India, and indeed across the globe, is estimated to be the fastest growing among all other industries.
Even as the new media continue to grow in leaps and bounds, the traditional print medium is not far behind. Very interesting, fulfilling and financially lucrative career options are available to young people in the field of Mass Communication. While the focus of Mass Communication education remains on Journalism, the other attractive career options that open up are in the areas of Advertising, Public Relations/ Corporate Communications and New Media (including Social Media).
As for the entertainment industry, there are courses to train people in TV and Radio anchoring, reporting, editing, directing, shooting (camera persons) and such other specialized jobs for which skilled people are in great demand.

History

Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University could well claim to be a pioneer in mass communication education in India, for offering the first structured and well-planned journalism course after the country won freedom in 1947.
It was to the credit of Hislop college, Nagpur and its then Principal, the Late Dr.D G Moses, who established a full-fledged Department of Journalism with the approval and encouragement of Nagpur University in 1952-53. Prof. K E Eapen was the first Indian scholar to be the head of the department. The begining was made with a diploma course in Journalism, which was later elevated to the degree level in the mid sixties.
The university’s Department of Journalism was set up as a unit of the Social Sciences faculty in July 1969. Mr.S T Puranik was the first Honorary Head of the Department. The Department was renamed as the Department of Mass Communication in 1989 and was shifted to its own building in the sprawling and verdant setting of the university’s post graduate teaching campus on Amravati Road, Nagpur.

Facilities

The Department offers:
A well-equipped Television studio with Interactive Board backdrop, LED lights and Production Control Room (PCR),
A 14-Track audio mixer for sound recording
Professional tele-prompter
Digital Video Cameras,
Digital Recorder DSR - 11,
Two Apple I-Mac computers and Final Cut Express professional video editing equipment,
Sony MCS-8 Multi Format Switcher (8-source vision mixer),
Three Multi-media LCD projectors
Interactive Board for classroom teaching,
Canon 60D SLR Digital Camera for photography lessons,
Canon Digital Copier
Data Display Wall 48”
Full HD TV 55”
Satellite TV,
Press Trust of India (PTI) 24-hour news feed
State-of-the-art air-conditioned Computer Room with A3 laser colour printer
B/W Laser Printers
The entire building, including computer laboratory, TV studio, library, faculty rooms and classrooms are networked to enable Internet connectivity at all these places.

Training

The stress is on practical training. The students are required to produce news reports, interviews, features and articles on a variety of subjects. They are also required to make newspaper pages and produce video and audio news bulletins and documentaries. Besides, the students learn to conceive and prepare print advertisements and various forms of Public Relations literature.
Other than all the practical assignments given throughout the year by the concerned faculty, the students undergo a minimum 30 days of internship at newspapers, news agencies, TV news channels, advertising agencies and public relations firms or departments.
The students also produce a tabloid news bulletin called ‘Campus’ each year.
The Department holds specialized workshops by outside experts to provide hands-on training in areas such as page-making, ad-making, video editing and television production.
The students are regularly taken out for learning visits. The places visited range from printing presses and TV studios to the Maharashtra Legislature, the tribal areas of Gadchiroli and Chandrapur and the hills, forests and tribal villages of Melghat.

Faculty

Besides the highly-qualified and experienced full time teachers, the Department boasts of an outstanding panel of visiting faculty who are all people of rich experience and great expertise in news reporting, editing, feature writing, photography, advertising and public relations.

Alumni

Alumni of the department are highly successful individuals who have made a name for themselves in print, electronic and interactive media, besides in myriad other fields ranging from academics to politics. The Alumni Association of the Department is full of stalwarts eager to help the students not only in improving their skills and making the right career choices, but also in getting them suitably placed.

Placement

The quality of professionals produced by the Department is appreciated by the media industry. The Department has a nearly 100 per cent placement record in terms of getting jobs for those interested in joining the print media in particular. Alumni of the Department are also highly placed in the electronic media, advertising and public relations industries. Over the last five years, our students have been placed in the following organizations: The Hitavada, Lokmat, Sakal, Nav Bharat, Dainik Bhaskar, Rashtra Prakash, Punya Nagari, IBN Lokmat, GTPL, BCN News, InCable, UCN, ABP News, Youth Junction, News Bharati, Nagpur Today, MajhaVidarbha, Maharashtra Today, New News Network and other media outlets.


Courses Available
1. Master of Arts (Mass Communication)
Duration: Two years (four semesters)Choice-Based Credit System
Specialisation: Print, Electronic, Online, Advertising, Public Relations
Intake : 30

Admission Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree of any statutory university or any other degree recognized as equivalent thereto with minimum 45% marks or equivalent grade or a higher degree in Mass Communication/ Journalism.
Admission is done through Entrance Test (Written and Interview)

 

 

List of Papers
Semester - I

Core Papers

Subject Code

Paper

Title of the Paper

1 T-1

I

Principles of Mass Communication

1 T-2

II

Development of Media

1 T-3

III

Print Media - I (Reporting and Editing)

1 T-4

IV

Electronic Media - I (Radio & Television)

1 P

PRAC

Practical

 

 

Semester - II

Core Course

Subject Code

Paper

Title of the Paper

2 T-1

I

Development Communication

2 T-2

II

Communication Research

2 T-3

III

Media Management & Media Laws

2 T-4

IV

International Communication

2 P

PRAC

Practical

 

 

Semester - III

Subject Code

Paper

Title of the Paper

Core Papers

3 T-1

I

Print Media – II (Reporting & Editing)

3 T-2

II

Electronic Media – II (Radio & Television)

Elective Papers
(Select any ONE paper from the following)

3 T-3 (A)

III

Advertising

or

3 T-3 (B)

III

Ecology and Environment of India

Core Paper

3 T-4

IV

Public Relations & Corporate Communication

3 P

PRAC

Practical (for Core and Elective Papers)

 

 

Semester - IV

Subject Code

Paper

Title of the Paper

Core Papers

4 T-1

I

New Media Applications

4 T-2

II

Inter Cultural Communication

Project (Specialisation Paper)

4 T-3

III

Project (Specialisation Paper) – Any One
Options:
i) – Print Media
ii) – Electronic Media
iii) – Advertising
iv) – Public Relations & Corporate Communication\
v) – New Media

Core Paper

4 T-4

IV

Environmental Communication

4 P

PRAC

Practical (for Core and Elective Papers)

4 INT

Internship

Internship Diary


2. Bachelor of Journalism (BJ)
Duration: One Year
Specialisation: Print Media
Intake : 50

Admission Eligibility : Any Graduate from recognized university
Admission is done through Entrance Test (Written and Interview)

 

 

Syllabus
Part-A: (Written Examination)

Paper

Subject

Paper – I

History of Journalism & Mass Communication

Paper-II

News Reporting, Feature Writing & Photojournalism

Paper – III

Editing in Electronic Era & Graphic Arts

Paper-IV

Media Management & Media Laws

Paper-V

Public Relations & Advertising

Paper-VI

Electronic Media (Radio, TV & Films)

Paper-VII

New Media Applications

 

 

Part-B: (Practical Examination)

Paper

Subject

B-1

News Reporting and Editing

B-2

Radio and TV

B-3

Public Relations and Advertising

B-4

Current Affairs

 

 

Part-C: (Internship)

Paper

Subject

C-1

Internship Diary

C-2

Oral Examination on Internship


3. P G Diploma in Video Programming (News & Current Affairs)
Specialisation : Electronic Media
Intake : 25 students
Admission Eligibility : Any Second Class Graduate
Admission is done on "First Come First Served Basis"
 

Subjects:
Principles of Communication and Development & Comparison of Mass Media
News Gathering and News Reporting
Editing and Script Writing
Presentation & Production
Interviews & Discussion/ Quiz on Current Affairs
Documentaries on Current Affairs
 

Teaching Faculty

Dr. D.V. Dhawankar
Asst. Professor & Head
 

Educational Qualifications:

  • M.M.C., M.A. (Adv. & PR), P. G. Dip. Video Programming, M.S.W., M.A.(Hindi), M.A. (Pub Adm), M.B.A.(Communication), M.Sc. (Information Technology), M.A. (Broadcast Journalism), M.Sc. (Psychology), M.A. (Disaster Management)
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship of OUCIP-American Centre for Excellence in Media, USA.

Industry Experience:

  • Reporter, Siticable (1996-97)

Academic Experience:

  • Head, Department of Mass Communication (2003-2006 and 2014 to present)
  • Research Supervisor – RTM Nagpur University, Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University, Gondwana University, North Mah. Univ., Jalgoan, Delhi University.
  • Ph.D. examiner
  • Chairman, Board of Studies in Mass Communication – Gondwana University
  • Member, BUTR – Gondwana University
  • Special Invitee in BoS Mass Communication – Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, and North Mah. Univ., Jalgaon.
  • Paper-setter for SET
  • Paper-setter for M.Phil. and Ph.D entrance tests in various universities
  • Editor, International Journal of Communication, New Delhi
  • Centre Supervisor for CBSE entrance examinations.
  • Subject Expert in Technical and Official Language Division, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India.
  • Subject Expert at National Institute of Open Schooling, New Delhi.
Mr. Moiz Mannan Haque
Assistant Professor
 

Educational Qualifications:
Ph.D., M.B.A., M.M.C., Advanced Diploma in Journalism (International Institute for Journalism, Berlin, Germany), AFP Fellow (Washington DC, USA), Cert. in French, NET (UGC), PhD in Media Management (Mass Communication).

Industry Experience:

  • Senior Reporter, The Hitavada, Nagpur (1987-1992)
  • Senior Reporter, Indian Express, Nagpur (1992-99)
  • News Editor, The Peninsula, Qatar (1999-2004)
  • Business Writer, The Greenville News, South Carolina, USA (AFP Fellowship 1998)
  • Correspondent: The Indian Post, The Sunday Observer, The Independent (for different periods between 1988 and 1992)

Academic Experience:

    • University approved Lecturer at NBA-accredited NYSS Institute of Management & Research, Nagpur, specializing in Advertising and Marketing Communications (2005-09).
    • Head of the Department of Mass Communication, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (Aug, 2009- Aug, 2014)
    • Member, Board of Studies in Mass Communication, RTMNU and Gondwana University
    • Member of Equal Opportunities Cell, RTMNU
    • Member, Syllabus Drafting Committee for M.A. (Mass Communication) and B.J., RTM Nagpur University
    • Member, Annual Report Committee, RTM Nagpur University
    • Member, University Newsletter Editorial Board
    • Member, University Students’ Newsletter Editorial Board
    • Member, University Research Journal Editorial Board
    • Visiting Faculty at Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Nagpur School of Journalism

    Visiting Faculty

    • Mr. Sudhir Pathak, ex-Chief Editor, Tarun Bharat
    • Mr. Dinesh Tekade, Senior Journalist, Nav Bharat
    • Mr. Jitendra Dhawale, Senior Journalist, Lokmat
    • Mr. Yogesh Pande, Senior Journalist, Lokmat
    • Dr. Advocate Vasant Khaparde, High Court Lawyer
    • Dr. Atul Kulkarni, Research Consultant
    • Mr. Neeraj Nakhate, Film Editor
    • Ms. Sonal Rawal, Advertising Professional
    • Mr. Anand Kumar Patil, IT expert
    • Mr. Tejinder Singh, Television Industry Expert
    • Mr. Kartik Lokhande, Senior Journalist, The Hitavada
    • Miss Ankita Deshkar, Lokmat Times
    • Mr. Rajeev Gaikwad, Doordarshan

Research Activity

  • Recognised Place of Research for Ph.D. degree. More than a dozen Ph.D. scholars.
  • The students of the department are engaged in periodic research on the topic of media, its development and its impact on the society. These are in the form of survey reports, dissertations, video and radio news bulletins and documentaries.

Industry-Institute Interaction

  • The Department has initiated various initiatives to strengthen interaction with the Industry.
  • An Industry-Institute Interaction Cell has been set up under the umbrella of the Department’s Media Club.
  • The visiting faculty is drawn from the mass media and related industries and professions.
  • Experts from the industry are regularly invited for Guest Lectures, Seminars and Workshops.
  • From the time to time, the Department assists news media in areas like reporting during special events and public relations activities.

Industry Internship

The B.J. and M.A. (Mass Communication) students undergo a compulsory Internship/ Attachment  Programme wherein they are placed in leading media organizations and assigned various tasks related to the functioning of the mass media.
The students are required to compile a file of all their work, including published reports, pages made, copies edited, reports broadcast, etc.
The P.G.Diploma in Video Programming students are attached for various periods to Doordarshan, Zee News, ABP News, UCN, In-BCN and AIR or to the local correspondents of private national and regional news channels for hands-on training.

Students have been  placed in the following organizations:

  1. The Hitavada
  2. The Times of India
  3. Tarun Bharat
  4. Sakal
  5. Lokmat Samachar
  6. Lokmat
  7. UCN cable TV news
  8. InCable New Network
  9. BCN News Network
  10. PR Dept. of OCW
  11. Directorate of I & PR, Govt. of Maharashtra

The students receive certificates from the media organizations after completion of the Internship Programme.

Major Activities during 2017-18

Hindi Divas and release of ‘Campus’

Mr. Vikas Mishra, Editor, Lokmat Samachar, was the chief guest and RTMNU Vice Chancellor, Dr. S.P.Kane presided over the Hindi Divas function of the Department, which also saw the release of the 2016-17 issue of the students’ laboratory journal ‘Campus.’
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mishra highlighted the need to popularize Hindi and also to maintain its purity. Describing Hindi as the language that unites India, Mr. Mishra also spoke about the evolution of Hindi journalism.
Dr. Kane also advocated extensive use of Hindi across the country as it was the language that comes “naturally” to most people while expressing themselves. He said the popularity of Hindi movies in all parts of the country, establishes that there is no hesitation in adopting it. He also spoke about the challenges in maintaining the purity of languages in the era of social media.
Earlier, HoD, Dr. Dharmesh V. Dhawankar, presented the historical perspective on the language and its use in journalism. Assistant Professor, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque and other faculty members were prominently present.
Earlier, the dignitaries released the 2017-18 issue of the students’ laboratory journal ‘Campus’.

 

Release of the students’ laboratory journal ‘Campus’ on the occasion of Hindi Divas. From Left: Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, Mr. Vikas Mishra, Dr. Siddharthavinayak Kane and Dr. Dharmesh V. Dhawankar.

Video Production Workshop

A six-day workshop in Video Production was conducted by Dr. Sunil Kumar Das, Deputy Director, Electronic Media Production Centre, IGNOU, for the students of Department of Mass Communication, RTMNU. Commencing on February 8th, 2018, the workshop engaged students of M.A. in Mass Communication, P.G. Diploma in Video Programming and Bachelor of Journalism for intensive hands-on training on various aspects of production. During the workshop, students collectively produced a five-minute silent short-film titled “Don’t Touch”, screened during the final session.
The vast experience of Dr. Sunil Kumar Das translated into interactive-style engagements. Equipped with this knowledge, the students brainstormed over a short film concept and prepared storyboards suited for a one-day shoot. Each student took up the crew position of their choice. The short film was produced with one day of production and one day of post-production. “Don’t Touch”, the film, was screened at the Department on February 15th, in the concluding session of the workshop.
In the final session, Dr. Sunil Kumar Das was felicitated by Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar, Head of Department, on behalf of students, faculty and staff. In his concluding remarks, Dr. Das highlighted the learning outcomes of the programme and his pleasant experience of the workshop. engagements. Dr. Dhawankar expressed his gratitude to Dr. Das for making time for the students and travelling all the way from New Delhi to train the students in Nagpur and wished for more such engagements in the future.

 

Dr. Sunil Kumar Das (second left) being felicitated by (from left) Mr. Tejinder Singh, Dr. D.V.Dhawankar, Abdul Amani Qureshi, Gauri Thakare and Komal Sukhdeve.

Producing a Reality Show

Students of RTM Nagpur’s University Mass Communication Department always organise a number of events, but this time they took it to another level by organising a show called “UNTRACK MUSIC - Rhythm to Soul”. The show was arranged by the students for the students of the department. It was a splendid learning experience.
The event was spread over two days – auditions on the first and the final rounds on the second. The whole concept was planned by students of the Post Graduate Diploma in Video Programming (PGDVP) course and was supported by MA and BJ students. With active participation, the students understood the practical aspects of how a show is made as it includes different camera angles, script writing, indoor shoot (in class room and in studio), Internet promotion management, lights management and management of time.
The jury consisted of HoD Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar, Assistant Professor Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque and senior student Mohit Tiwari. PGDVP student Vedant Pawar conceptualized the show and was supported by Shweta Sathawane, Abdul Amani Qureshi, Gauri Thakre, Swamini Dongre, Aditi Upasani, Shruti Lakahani and Anurag Sinha.
Pranjal Badole, Shruti Khare and Komal Sukhdeve made it to the final round. The title went to Shruti Khare of the M.A. (Mass Communication) course.

 

The UNTRACK team with HoD Dr. Dharmesh V.Dhawankar and Studio Technician Mr. Anil Karalkar.

Training workshop of NSS Coordinators on social issues

More than fifty five participants from various colleges of Nagpur District participated in a two-day training workshop of NSS coordinators on social issues, organized by UNICEF and the Department of Mass Communication.
Inaugurating the workshop, Dr Puranchandra Meshram Registrar, RTM Nagpur University said “Today we are fighting to create a constitution of culture but as a Democratic country, we need to inculcate the culture of constitution in the people.” He said, the National Service Scheme (NSS) coordinators can be major agents of social change because they are in direct touch and can influence the development process by virtue of introducing new methods and techniques required for achieving a particular type of development in that area.
Ms. Swati Mohapatra, Communication Specialist, UNICEF for Maharashtra noted that though Maharashtra is a progressive state, the rural areas are still lacking the basic understanding to address issues related to children. “To make people aware of these conditions, UNICEF is collaborating with the universities of Maharashtra so that the learners and the learned ones come together and work towards eradication of these issues.” She said.
In his introductory remarks, Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar, Head of the Department of Mass Communication, RTMNU, said that “Mass Communication department believes in the change that starts with oneself and therefore we always try to collaborate with people who share the zeal to change the prevalent poor conditions of the country.” The objective of the workshop is to impart knowledge, train and collect data of the present situation so that we have a scale to compare the improvement in the conditions and that can be documented next year, he quipped.

 

Ms. Swati Mohapatra seen addressing the workshop as (from left) Dr. Puranchandra Meshram and Dr. Dharmesh V. Dhawankar look on.

Vidhan Bhawan Visit

 

Students of the Department during a visit to Vidhan Bhawan, Nagpur, to witness the proceedings of the Maharashtra State Legislative Assembly and Council. They were accompanied by HoD Dr. D.V.Dhawankar. In both the Houses, the students saw how the business is conducted and questions and issues raised by the MLAs and MLCs and the supervision of the proceedings by the Speaker and Chairman respectively. The briefing earlier by Mr. Arun Phanshikar helped the students understand the live action better.

Journalists must understand Legislature

It is the duty and responsibility of every citizen of the country and particularly those who wish to pursue a career in journalism to know and understand how an elected representative works for his constituency, what are his rights, privileges and limitations and how he represents his voters in the Legislature, said senior journalist, Mr. Arun Phanshikar.
Speaking to the students of the Department of Mass Communication, RTM Nagpur University, in an interactive session, Mr. Phanshikar, who has spent more than three decades in the profession said, it was also imperative to know the technical aspects of the functioning of the Legislature: it’s components, practices and procedures, rules and conventions, devices available to legislators and the larger impact on the masses.
Mr. Phanshikar a former chief reporter with The Hitavada and The Indian Express and former Bureau Chief of Hindustan Times, explained the importance of the Legislature, be it the Parliament or State Legislatures, in a democratic framework. “All major decisions, that determine the well-being or otherwise of citizens in a democracy, are taken in these institutions. That’s why it is crucial for journalists to have a deep understanding of their working,” he said.
To begin with, he described the layout of a typical legislature hall, the seating pattern and the conventions of the House.
The Maharashtra State Legislature convenes three times a year; the Budget and Monsoon sessions are held at the state capital, Mumbai, and the winter session is held at the second capital Nagpur every year.
Mr. Phanshikar further explained the procedures and functioning of both the houses. He informed that the Business advisory committee works out the agenda before each session.
He gave detailed explanations on different legislative devices, procedures, practices and conventions including Question Hour, Zero Hour, Half-an-Hour discussion, Calling Attention Motion, Adjournment Motion, No Confidence Motion, Official and Non-official Business, Laying of Papers, and passage of Bills into Acts.
The talk was followed by a question-answer session in which Mr. Phanshikar cleared doubts and queries in the minds of the students.

 

Mr. Arun Phanshikar explaining the layout of the Assembly Hall in Nagpur

A ‘Newsroom Feel’ at The Hitavada

It is one thing to hear lectures in the classroom about the working of the mass media and quite another to enter a newsroom and experience how it works.
Students of the Department were thrilled when they visited the offices and printing press of the leading English daily of central India, The Hitavada, and interacted with veterans at a personal level.
The Hitavada, founded in 1911 by was later taken over by Purohit and Company, owned by Mr. Banwarilal Purohit, the former Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Nagpur and the current Governor of Tamil Nadu. In 2011, it completed its 100 years and the centenary celebration was launched by the then President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Patil.
Founded in 1911 by freedom fighter Gopal Krishna Gokhale, and currently run by Purohit and Company, the newspaper is published simultaneously from Nagpur, Jabalpur, Raipur and Bhopal.
The students were first addressed by Advertising Manager Mr. Abhay Vaidya who explained the various aspects of advertising, public relations and marketing practices of the organisation. The students then visited the newspaper’s archives gallery. They were fascinated and delighted to see historic issues of the past chronicling worldwide events that have had a huge impact on mankind and determined its future. They also got to see a vintage printing machine that the publication used in its early years. Senior Sub Editor on the Main Desk, Ms. Sapna Jigyasani, explained the processes, procedures and functioning of the editorial department.
The students then had a lively and inspiring interaction with the Editor, Mr. Vijay Phansikar. He gave them valuable advice and shared his experiences as a journalist. Mr. Phansikar said, “It is just a matter of instinct. You must feel the situation you see and it must reflect in your writing. Journalism is this simple.”
He also shared memories of key moments in the life of the publication and the legacy of the past editors. He explained the guiding principles and moral foundations of The Hitavada that have allowed it to uphold its integrity in the competitive news world.
The students also visited the newspaper’s modern printing press in the Hingna industrial estate. They were accompanied by graphic arts expert, Mr. Abhay Banhatti, who had given them a lecture on printing technology before they set out from the Department. At the printing press, Mr. S. D. Sarode, head of the printing department explained the printing operations in detail.

 

Students with The Hitavada Editor, Mr. Vijay Phanshikar and Faculty Incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, outside newspaper’s office.

Understanding Human Rights

Human Rights Day was celebrated at the Department with HoD Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar giving the students a brief background of the significance of the day. He explained the concept of human rights and how it applies to different sectors of the society.
He urged the budding journalists to understand and apply human values while practicing their future profession.
On this occasion, a competition was held in which the students wrote articles presenting their views on different aspects of Human Rights. The programme was conducted by PGDVP student Abdul Amani Qureshi. Faculty members, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, and Mr. Tejinder Singh were prominently present on the occasion.

 

Abdul Amani Quireshi speaking at the Human Right Day function, as (from left) Mr. Tejinder Singh, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, and Dr. Dharmesh V. Dhavankar look on.

‘Media ownership determines media freedom’, Maitra

The critical issue of media ownership was very knowledgeably brought before the students of the Department by Mr. Pradip Kumar Maitra, the Nagpur-based Senior Associate Editor of Hindustan Times, Delhi.
Media ownership has assumed importance considering that politicians, industrialists and others who crave power are increasingly getting involved with the news industry. The concern is that if such people control the media, they may use it to serve their vested interest, further diluting the media’s social responsibility.
In his interaction with the students, Mr. Maitra presented statistics to prove that a majority of media outlets are with owners who are not expected to have any sense of public interest at heart. A large number of people’s representatives either own or have huge stakes in media companies. “Under such circumstances, how can the media ever fulfill its primary characteristic of being ‘free, fair and fearless?”, he wondered. He pointed towards several cases where wrong-doings that seriously harmed public good were suppressed and falsities spread by such motivated media houses.
Earlier, HoD Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar, welcomed the guest speaker, and Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque introduced him to the students. M.A. student, Vinit Beley, proposed a vote of thanks.

 

Senior journalist, Mr. Pradip Kumar Maitra addressing the students

Fun and Games at Teachers Day

Teachers Day, to mark the birth anniversary of the great teacher-philosopher, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, was celebrated by the students of the department with great enthusiasm.
They felicitated the teachers, including Dr. Vasant Khobragade, Mr Raju Gaikwad, Mr. Dinesh Tekade, Mr. Rajesh Joshi, Mr. Anand Kumar Patil, Mr. Yogesh Pandeand Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.
Speaking on the occasion, several of the students expressed their gratitude for the high quality of instruction and dedication of the teachers. Many of them said it was a pleasant surprise for them to find that teachers, even at the post-graduate level, were so completely involved in different aspects of the students’ development.
On their part, the teachers lauded the active involvement of students in all activities of the department and offered them words of advice about their future careers and lives.
The students had arranged some interesting games that included singing movie songs and dumb charades based on eminent personalities. In a unique gesture, the students requested each of the teachers present to stamp their handprints in colour and autograph them on a sheet of craft paper as a remembrance.
It was a fun-filled event in which the formal dividing lines between the student and the teacher were forgotten. A noteworthy fact was that several past students too came over to the department to seek the blessings of their teachers.

 

Cutting the Teachers Day cake (from left): Mr. Raju Gaikwad, Mr. Dinesh Tekade, Mr. Yogesh Pande, Dr. Vasant Khaparde, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, Mr. Rajesh Joshi and Mr. Anand Kumar Patil.

Mass Comm students on Saam TV

Students of the Department had their say in the matter of statehood for Vidarbha in a special show aired by the popular Marathi language news channel, Saam TV, owned by the Sakal Media Group. The setting of the show was the front yard of the Department of Mass Communication in Mahatma Phule Educational Campus of the university.
Students of Political Science also participated in the show. Mass Comm students very effectively expressed their points of view for and against the proposition. The most vocal among them were Bhagyashree Raut, Gauri Thakare, Vanashree Pandhare, Vinit Beley, Sarang Kapgate, Ravi Shankar Shukla, Komal Sukhdeve, Vaishnavi Wanjari, Dipak Jambhulkar, Ritu Tripathi, Anurag Sinha, Ishwar Agade and Swamini Dongre.
Saam TV correspondent, Mr. Sanjay Daf, later praised the students for their studied and well-argued responses on the show and their confidence in front of the camera. Heads of the Departments, Dr. D.V.Dhawankar (Mass Communication) and Dr. Mohan Kashikar (Political Science) and Dr Moiz Mannan Haque were present at the shoot to guide the students.

 

Students of the Department participating in the Saam TV show conducted by correspondent, Mr, Sanjay Daf

Multi-lingual Poetry Meet

Students of Mass Communication consistently displayed the various talents hidden in them. A multi-lingual poetry meet was organized by them, with PGDVP student Abdul Amani Qureshi in the lead.
Inaugurating the programme, HoD Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar highlighted the importance of poetry and literature as important areas of Mass Communication. Literature and poetry paint vivid pictures with words and are a form of expression that touches the hearts of the readers or listeners, he said.
The students who presented their poems at the meet were Vanashree Pandhare, Komal Sukhdeve, Gauri Thakare, Shweta Sathawane, Vedant Pawar, Pratiksha Mahant, Payal Advani and invited poet and former journalist Mr. Vinod Vidrohi.
The faculty members present on the occasion included Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, Mr. Dinesh Tekade, Mr. Rajeev Gaikwad and Mr. Tejinder Singh.

 

MA student, Vanashree Pandhare, presents her composition at the poets meet. Others seen (from left) are Mr. Tejinder Singh, Mr. Vinod Vidrohi, Mr. Dinesh Tekade, Dr. Dharmesh V. Dhawankar, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque and Mr. Rajeev Gaikwad.

Industry Placement through Internship

Practical, skill-based training has assumed importance today and for students of professional courses in Mass Communication, it is essential to have a hands-on experience to be better prepared for a variety of careers.
These students find jobs in journalism (print, electronic and Internet), in advertising, in public relations and corporate communications as well as in different kinds of writing, photography and designing across media.
The industry demands from teaching institutions that their products should be as job-ready as possible so that valuable man-hours and expenses on in-house training are spared. The RTMNU Department of Mass Communication has a tradition of making many such opportunities available to the students whereby they can have a sense of what happens on the field and also some experience of it.
The Department’s Internship Programme is a part of these efforts. Each year, the students of the M.A. Mass Communication and the Bachelor of Journalism courses are made to undergo at least 30 days of such practical training through this programme.
The students are free to choose the media organization according to their career goals. The Department provides them support in getting into those organizations as interns. In the 2017-18 session, students from both these courses underwent their internship programmes at prestigious media organizations such as The Hitavada, Loksatta, Lokmat, Tarun Bharat, Lokmat Samachar, Nav Bharat, Saam TV, Akashwani, Department of Information and Public Relations, Govt. of Maharashtra and others.
Three of the final year students have also been placed in Sakal newspaper as Student Reporters for training purpose. In each of these organizations, the students are given real-life tasks and assignments and entrusted to mentors who ensure that they learn through observing as well as doing.
Depending upon whether they can impress their industry mentors with their eagerness, enthusiasm, sincerity and capability, the students have every chance of being offered regular jobs in the institutions where they interned.

PR important for people-oriented government

Students of the Bachelor of Journalism (BJ) and Third Semester M.A. Mass Communication courses visited the offices of the Department of Information and Public Relations of the Government of Maharashtra to learn about how the state government maintains relations with the public.
Nagpur-based Director of I&PR, Mr. Radhakrishna Muli interacted at length with the students. He traced the history of public relations as a professional discipline and made the students aware of the background of government PR.
“Communication is the single most important tool for the government to build and maintain relations with its public in order to reinforce confidence and trust. While the common people must be reached with communication and made aware of the different development and welfare measures, the government too must be aware of the people’s expectations,” he said. His department, Mr. Muli said, acts as the link in this two-way communication.
He listed out and explained the different tools employed by his organization such as Media Relations, events, advertisements, leaflets, pamphlets and brochures, audio-visual means and publications such as ‘Lok Rajya’. Of late, the department has making extensive use of social media to reach out to the younger generation.
The students also visited the office of the District Information Offcier, Mr. Anil Gadekar, who explained the various public contact initiatives and programmes at the district level. He also took them around the TV studio and other facilities of the department and briefed students about the applications the equipment are put to. The students were accompanied by faculty incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

 

Students of the Department with Director of I&PR, Mr. Radhakarishna Muli, DIO, Mr. Anil Gadekar, and faculty incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

Learning about Photographs

 

Students of the Department were taken around an exhibition of prize-winning photographs depicting Maharashtra's development, traditions and culture. The event was organized by the state government’s Department of Information and Public Relations at the Nagpur Central Museum. Accompanied by faculty incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, the students were briefed at the venue by Director of I&PR, Mr. Radhakarishna Muli, and District Information Officer, Mr. Anil Gadekar.

Visit to Dr. Hedgewar Blood Bank

As part of multi-disciplinary awareness generation for learners of journalism and mass communication, the students of the department were taken on a visit to Hedgewar Blood Bank in the city. They were accompanied by faculty member, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque. Senior officials of the bank briefed the students about the scientific, social and economic aspects of blood donation. The students were taken around the different sections of the blood bank and explained the operations in detail. At the end of the visit, staff and students also volunteered to donate blood at the bank.

Ambazari - A natural haven in the backyard!

The back waters of Ambazari lake in Nagpur present a serene and picturesque sight for visitors. Yet, few residents have ever experienced this beautiful scene of undulating grassy fields, vast patches of thickly forested areas, some streams weaving their way through the trees and, of course, the shores of the expanse of water that are lined with flocks of myriad local and migratory birds. Some bird-lovers have unofficially named the backwaters after the dedicated conservationist, Maruti Chitampalli.
Students of the department, most of whom belong to the city, were amongst those who had never seen this wonderful place, even though it is virtually in the backyard of their educational campus. Therefore, they were wide-eyed when taken there for a nature tour.
They took the nature trail along the lake’s periphery and sighted cormorants, black-winged stilts, purple moorhens, jacanas, little grebes, egrets, river terns, purple herons, pond herons, kingfishers, spot-billed ducks, lesser whistling ducks, ruddy shelducks and several other varieties.
The big moment, however, came when a group of them witnessed a mid-air fight between two raptors (birds of prey) - a black-shouldered kite and a kestrel. Birders of many years have not seen such a sight. A bonus for the students was that besides information on the flora and fauna, they were also given some photography lessons and practice on the department’s DSLR camera.

 

Students of the Department pose for a photo at Ambazari backwaters along with faculty member Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

National Press Day

The students listened intently to words of wisdom regarding journalism from eminent scribes at an event to celebrate National Press Day organized jointly by the Nagpur Press Club and Directorate General of Information and Public Relations, Govt. of Mahahrashtra.
The key-note speaker was the veteran journalist, Mr. M.G. alias Baburao Vaidya who spoke about his own career and the present state of the profession. Other eminent speakers were Mr. Pradip Kumar Maitra, Senior Associate Editor, Hindustan Times, Mr. Shripad Aparajit, Resident Editor, Maharashtra Times, Nagpur, Mr. Brahma Shankar Tripahti, City Editor, Lokmat Times, Director of I&PR, Mr. Radhakarishna Muli and District Information Officer, Mr. Anil Gadekar. They were accompanied by faculty incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

 

Students with dignitaries at the National Press Day function at Nagpur Press Club

Learning Experience at Agro-Tourism Project

The senior batch of the M.A. Mass Communication course had a rather unique experience of visit a 100-acre agro and eco-tourism project raised by a Nagpur-based company 110 km from Nagpur, near Multai in Madhya Pradesh. They were accompanied by faculty incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.
Set in undulating grassy land with patches of thick trees and four lakes, the Malhara Hills project is 2,400 feet above mean sea level and boasts of a pleasant climate year round. The promoters are seeking to educate young people in agro entrepreneurship by raising a model to follow.
Besides, naturopathy, eco-tourism and adventure sports are in the pipeline.
The hosts informed the visiting group of students that there are already 15 to 25 peacocks, wild boar, jackals, deer which are exciting chance sightings. Once the trees grow and the jungles become dense with undergrowth, more animals will come in, besides, the environment would become more conducive for the existing faunal populations to grow.
The students then took the nature trail walk-way of seven-kilometre with breaks at every 500 meters or so and was a wonderful way of not only seeing the entire project but also the scenic hills and gentle valleys along the periphery. They also aocked their feet in the water bodies and natural streams set between the hill slopes.
After a sumptuous meal in the kitchen’s veranda over-looking the hills, the students did a fun work out with cricket and ‘donkey’ games. All in all it was a fun outing with lots to learn.

 

Students at Malhara Hills with faculty incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque

 

Contribution to the Society

Not only do the students of the Department of Mass Communication strive hard to enhance their own knowledge and skills, but as future journalists they also engage in community activities. One example of this was the students’ whole-hearted contribution to needy children in the form of notebooks and pens. The stationery items were handed over to Laxminagar Ganesh Mandal during Ganeshotsav to be handed over to an orphanage. The Students were accompanied by HoD Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar and faculty member, Mr. Dinesh Tekade.

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