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Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University
Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Educational Campus, Amravati Road, Nagpur - 440033
Tel: (0712) 2500085, e-mail: journalism.nagpur.university@gmail.com

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, lights and Production Control Room (PCR),
A 14-Track audio mixer for sound recording
Digital Video Cameras PD 170 P,
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 four 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

3 T-3 (B)

III

Ecology and Environment of India

Core Paper

3 T-4

IV

Public Relations & Corporate Communication

Foundation Paper
(For students of other disciplines)

IV

Introduction to Mass 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

Foundation Paper
(For students of other disciplines)

IV

Applications of Mass Communication

4 P

PRAC

Practical (for Core and Elective Papers)

4 INT

Internship

Internship Diary


1. 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

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      • Mr. Sudhir Pathak, ex-Chief Editor, Tarun Bharat
      • Mr. Jaideep Hardikar, ex-Special Correspondent, The Telegraph
      • Mr. Dinesh Tekade, Senior Reporter, Nav Bharat
      • Dr. Thrity Patel, ex-HoD, Law, RTMNU
      • Dr. Shripad Bhalchandra Joshi, ex-HoD and Communications Expert
      • Mr. Jitendra Dhawale, Senior Journalist, Lokmat
      • Mr. Yogesh Pande, Senior Journalist, Lokmat
      • Dr. Ram Prakash Saxena, Linguistics Expert and ex-H.o.D
      • Dr. Advocate Vasant Khaparde, High Court Lawyer
      • Mrs. Reeti Pandharipande, free lance journalist
      • Dr. Atul Kulkarni, Research Consultant
      • Mr. Neeraj Nakhate, Film Editor
      • Mr. Nitin Karale, IT Expert
      • Ms. Sonal Rawal, Advertising Professional

      Research Activity

    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 Western Coalfields Ltd.
    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 2016-17

    International Conf. on Free Speech and Democracy in the New Media Milieu

    For media to enjoy complete freedom, it needs to introspect and bring out positivity in its content, said Prof. Siddharthavinayaka Kane, Vice-Chancellor, Rastrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University.
    He was delivering the presidential speech at the inaugural ceremony of an International Conference on Free Speech and Democracy in New Media Milieu organized by the Department of Mass Communication, RTM Nagpur University.
    The two-day international conference was aimed at exploring the concept of freedom of expression and democracy in the context of the New Media. Prof Sudhir Gavhane, Head, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, was the chief guest and Prof Sanjeev Bhanawat, Head, Centre for Mass Communication, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, was the guest of honour.
    On this occasion, the guests also released a book consisting of the conference’s research papers.

     

    Releasing the Conference Book (from left) Prof. Sanjeev BHanawat, Prof. Sudhir Gawhane, VC Prof. Siddharthvinayak Kane and HoD Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar.

    Earlier, Head of the Department and Conference Director, Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar made the introductory remarks. The ceremony was conducted by Chhavi Shejwalkar and Megha Tiwari presented vote of thanks.
    This was followed by the first technical session in which research papers were presented by Anushka Kulkarni, Amity University, Mumbai, Arpita Saha, Visvabharati, Shantiniketan, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, Nagpur, Neelam Nanda, DME, Delhi, and Akashdeep Muni, IFTM University. The session was chaired by Prof Sudhir Gavhane and co-chaired by Mausumi Bhattacharya.
    A special session of the day featured lectures by veteran journalists, Mr. Vijay Phanshikar, Editor, The Hitavada, and Mr Vijay Satokar, former senior editor, Press Trust of India, New Delhi.
    Concern over media’s “conspiracy of silence”
    Veteran journalist M. Y. Bodhankar expressed concern over what he termed as the media’s “conspiracy of silence.” Speaking at a “round table” session on the second day of the Iinternational Conference on Free Speech and Democracy in New Media Milieu, he said, the media in the country today was remaining silent on many vital issues. This studied silence was neither in the interest of society nor the country, he said.
    Former Senior Editor, PTI, New Delhi, Mr Vijay Satokar also addressed the rund table session which was chaired by Prof. Sanjeev Bhanawat, and co-chaired by Dr. Durgesh Tripathi, Professor, Department of Mass Communication, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi.
    Addressing the valedictory function later, Dileep Dharurkar, State Information Commissioner, Nagpur, said that conventional media could not be replaced because these used the basics of human communication. Ms. Sarita Kaushik, Bureau Chief, ABP News, Nagpur, said that social media had not reached all the people of India.
    In his presidential address, RTMNU Registrar Puranchandra Meshram said social media was successful because conventional media had failed to convey the feelings of the common man effectively and at the right forum. Conventional media was dominated by five per cent of the rich people, and it has never been bothered about the basic feelings of the common man, he said.
    Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar, Head of the Department of Mass Communication, RTMNU, made the introductory remarks. Konika Miglani, a student, conducted the proceedings, while Alice Francis proposed the vote of thanks.
    Earlier in the day, research scholars from various parts of the country and abroad presented research papers on a variety of topics related to the main theme of the conference. NSS teachers can be agents of social change

    UNICEF Workshop for NSS Coordinators

    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, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) Registrar Puranchandra Meshram said.
    Inaugurating the two-day training workshop of NSS coordinators on Sustainable Development Goal and Social Issues at the Department of Mass Communication, Mr. Meshram said NSS coordinators should play the role of facilitators in transporting techniques from research organizations like UNICEF and delivering them to the rural setting as per the specific requirements.

     

    Mr. Puran Meshram addressing the gathering as Mr. Tanaji Patil and HoD Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar look on.

    In his address, Tanaji Patil, communication expert from UNICEF Mumbai, give figures about MMR (mother mortality rate) and IMR (infant mortality rate) in the state. In his introductory remarks, Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar, Head of the Department of Mass Communication, RTMNU, said that elements of sustainability were essential in sustainable development, which the coordinators must establish. Kanika Mittal, student, conducted the proceedings, while Swapnil Bhogekar, student, proposed a vote of thanks. Around 50 NSS coordinators from colleges affiliated to RTMNU are participating in the workshop, which concludes tomorrow. Dr. Bhau Daydar, NSS Coordinator, RTMNU, Shamaila Siddique, Amit Tiwari, Jui Gadkari and Srishti Parchake, all students, are working hard to make the workshop a success.
    The workshop is being hosted by the Department of Mass Communication in association with UNICEF and NSS Cell of RTMNU.

    Workshop in agency-style writing

    Learning the crisp, clear, accurate and objective news agency style of writing is an important part in the training of a journalist.
    Students of the department were coached in this style by the Delhi-based Mr. Vijay Satokar, former senior editor, Press Trust of India (PTI) at a 10-day workshop. The workshop gave an insight to the students about the working of PTI besides the reporting and writing style.
    There major agencies in India are PTI, UNI, ANI, IANS, Bhasha, Varta etc. Mr. Satokar, taught the students to pack information in short sentences, using familiar words. He stressed that it is alright if the writings are not understood, but one must make sure that they are never misunderstood by the readers. What and how one communicates is important as the agencies serve various media organizations. He informed that PTI has no single owner, but all the subscribing newspapers equally own the organization.
    An interesting topic of discussion was, why news reports are known as stories? A journalist is expected to weave a story with the information around a certain context to ensure that the report is understood in the first go.
    Each session of the workshop began with a short discussion on the students’ observations on the news worthiness of the day’s events and concluded with Mr. Satokar making his assessment.

    Journalists sensitized about neo-natal mortality

    It is a myth that pregnant women should eat less to avoid difficulties during delivery, said Dr. Khanindra Bhuyan, Health Specialist with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Mumbai.
    He was speaking at a media workshop for journalists on “Reduction of Neo-Natal Mortality” organized by RTM Nagpur University’s Department of Mass Communication in association with UNICEF. Vice Chancellor, Dr. Siddharthavinayaka Kane was the chief guest.

     

    Vice Chancellor, Dr. Siddharthavinayaka Kane addressing the participants, as HoD Dr Dharmesh Dhawankar, UNICEF coordinator, Mr. Tanaji Patil and other guests look on.

    A discussion session followed, during which participants, who came from various parts of Nagpur district, interacted with Dr. Bhuyan and the other experts, Dr. Mukund Diggikar, Joint Director, Health Department, Government of Maharashtra, and Tanaji Patil, Advocacy and Communication Consultant, UNICEF, Mumbai.
    Earlier, the workshop was inaugurated by RTM Nagpur University Vice Chancellor Dr. Siddharthavinayaka Kane. In his inaugural address, Dr. Kane said that workshops like this one were vital in sensitizing and orienting journalists and media professionals about the intricacies of issues like neo-natal mortality. “I would want more such projects to be undertaken in the university with the joint cooperation of the departments of mass communication and statistics,” he added.
    In his introductory remarks, Head of the Department of Mass Communication Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar said that the present workshop was part of the department’s efforts to sensitize journalists from the district about vital issues. More such initiatives would follow, he said.
    Also present on the occasion were Nagpur District Patrakar Sangh President Dilip M. Hiwarkar and Secretary Yogesh Korde. Department student Shamaila Siddiqui conducted the proceedings, while Kanika Mittal proposed a vote of thanks.

    A learning visit to The Hitavada

    The Hitavada, one of the most popular English dailies of Central India, was founded in 1911 by freedom fighter Gopal Krishna Gokhale, under the Servants of India Society in Nagpur.
    The newspaper was subsequently taken over by Purohit and Company headed by Mr. Banwarilal Purohit, former BJP MP from Nagpur, who is now the Hon’ble Governor of Assam. As part of their learning exercises, students of the Department visited the newspaper’s office on Wardha road with a view to get a practical understanding of the functioning of the print media.

     

    Students during their learning visit to the office of leading English daily, The Hitavada, along with Faculty In-charge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

    Senior sub editor, Mrs. Humera Mariyam explained the functioning of the Editorial Department which is divided into beats (for reporters) and desks (for copy editors). “In the profession of journalism, being able to feel the joy and the pain of the public is the basic requirement. Other things like language can be learnt later”, said the Editor, Mr. Vijay Phansikar. During a healthy interaction with the students, he parted with some valuable advice and tips for the future journalists.
    Advertisement Manager, Abhay Vaidya, informed that the newspaper gets 70 per cent of its advertisements through agencies and the remaining 30 per cent directly from the advertiser. They have marketing executives covering three main segments of clients, i.e., local, government and corporate.
    In printing department, the data is compiled into newspaper format and then on the paper. Mr. S D Sarode, head of the printing department said the page of a newspaper is printed according to the following procedure, Page ? Pre-Press process ? Post Script file? Pdf Format ? Colour Conversion.
    The Hitavada press includes Orient-X cell which prints 36,000 copies/hour and Orient- Super 30,000 copies/hour in the cold set printing process. The students were accompanied by Activity Incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

    Radio – The Resurgent Medium

    Radio, one of the oldest media of Mass Communication, holds a significant position among the electronic media.
    All India Radio was established in 1930, and came to be known as Akashwani in 1956. Until recent times it was a government monopoly. The air waves were opened up in the mid-nineties for private FM channels and since then there has been a boom in this segment.
    To train students in different aspects of this resurgent medium, the Department invited Dr. Hisamuddin Faruqui, Retired Deputy Director, Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. He conducted a 10-day workshop which provided detailed information about the working of radio and what makes it different from other media of Mass Communication.
    Being just an audio medium, radio has various limitations. Word, Sound, Effects and Silence are the four most important tools of radio, said Dr Faruqui. He made the students aware of the different formats of radio programming and other tools.
    In radio, the sentences used should be concise, crisp and complete and the message being conveyed is most important. He also undertook script writing and recording exercises different formats during the workshop. Script writing for radio is all about playing with few perfectly accurate words where limited usage of words is the most difficult task. And, for being an announcer at radio it is important to have bass and turbidity of voice along with good throw of words and knowledge of modulation as per the format and requirement of the script.
    The radio jockey, while being on air, must focus only on the script and has to keep all his personal feelings aside as the voice reflects the emotions very easily and it makes the work of the voice- over artist very difficult.
    Radio drama is an interesting innovation in the radio format where the subject to be selected should always be of interest of masses. The workshop also gave an idea about the things to be done for setting up a Community Radio after a due consideration of the target audience.

    Workshop in Video Production

    The fast-growing electronic media industry requires skilled and creative personnel. While regular teachers make the students aware of a wide range of subjects, experts with vast experience in a chosen field give them a special touch that prepares them better for the industry.
    With this in mind, a Video Production Workshop was organized for the students of the department. It was conducted by Mr. Sunil Kumar Das, senior faculty from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Production Centre, New Delhi.
    The expert imparted theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on training in various aspects of pre- and post-production of video. HoD Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar also guided the students.

    Museum offers glimpse into fascinating history of Nagpur

    Every city has its own history and background. Nagpur too is blessed with rich historical background and heritage, from being capital of Central Provinces and Berar to a lot more. The Department of Mass Communication, to enlighten its students about the rich heritage of Nagpur, organized a visit to the Nagpur Central Museum, also known as Ajaab Bangla.
    It is one of the oldest museums in Nagpur, established in the year 1864, situated at Civil Lines, Nagpur. The museum has nine different types of galleries exhibiting various artifacts of historical and geographical importance: Natural History gallery, Nagpur Heritage gallery, Mammals, Avian and Reptiles gallery, Art and Craft gallery, Stone sculpture gallery, Arms and Weapons, Archeology gallery and Tribal Arts and Culture gallery.
    The students during this visit learnt about history of dinosaurs from the exhibition of the fossils obtained from the Central India region. The history of various British period historic buildings such as Agriculture College, Old High Court, Vidhan Bhavan, Government Post Office etc. and Gond and Bhonsale period heritage places like Forts, Temples and Mosques is also illustrated.
    The major attraction for the students was the arms and weapon gallery, the gallery exhibited Mughal, Rajput, Maratha and British period’s weapons. The gallery was not only a point of attraction but also informed the students about the war scenario in the ancient days.
    The culturally, historically rich museum is a treasure of knowledge even for the residents of Nagpur, everyone living in this region should visit the place to understand their regional heritage better. The students were accompanied by Activity Incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

    Students Make a Film

    A Workshop on Film Making and Production Techniques was conducted for the students of M.A Mass Communication by Mr. Prasad Thakur, Asst. Professor at Mumbai University, Kalina, along with Mr. Shailesh Kore, Visiting Faculty for Video Production and Film Making at Jaysingpur College, Jaysingpur.
    The objective of this Workshop was to give students the knowledge of Film making and Production Techniques In Film and Television Industry. Students were given practical lessons in different areas from pre- production techniques to production and post- production techniques of short films and Television.
    During the workshop, students were shown various shorts films, silent films, animated movies and contemporary feature films. Students were also familiarised with industry terms, planning, scheduling, location research, lighting, camera positions and various types of shots and editing.
    To further strengthen their learning, the students were made to produce a short documentary on RTM Nagpur University, covering different courses and teaching institutions.
    Students interviewed the Vice- Chancellor, Pro- Vice Chancellor, Registrar and other senior officials of the university. In this 3-days exercise, the students were out on the field and picked up the different techniques of Film Making from camera position to various types of shots and how the camera works in different environments like indoors and outdoors. They also learned about different formats of movie-making, lighting, sound quality, different types of lenses, etc.

     

    Visiting experts discussing film editing techniques with the students.

    To ensure every student is involved the film making workshop they were given different role and tasks from director to camera man to light In-charge to production manger and voice- over artist and so on.
    After the shooting schedule was over, film editing and how to place shots, and angles correctly was taught. Mr. Prasad Thakur and Mr. Shailesh Kore sat along with the students to edit the shots to convert it into a documentary.
    Editing software and its important shortcut keys were explained to the students. Software like Edius and Final Cut Pro helped the students to know more about Editing. After the documentary was ready, Head of the Department, Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar, conducted a screening of the documentary along with the guest faculties and students.
    After the screening, Dr. Dhawankar gave some valuable tips and encouraged the students to make more short films and documentaries on various issues and topics.

    Students in Tune with Nature

    A serene expanse of still, blue water; a gurgling brook with polished round stones to hop across; the music of wind playing through the leaves and branches of mighty trees and stubborn thickets; the chirping of birds of myriad hues…
    One looks up to say thanks for nature’s bounty and one is rewarded with a light drizzle. Through tiny droplets dangling from the eye-lashes, one peers on to the muddy trail. The intoxicating aroma of raindrops getting sucked up by the scorched earth wafts to the nostrils and mixes with the frangrance of wild flowers around.
    You put your arm around your best buddy’s shoulder and soak up those precious moments.
    That was the wonderful experience of a bunch of students from the Department who landed up one fine September morning for a trek at the Gorewada Nature Trail on the outskirts of Nagpur.

     

    Students during their nature experience visit to the Gorewada Nature Trail, along with Faculty In-charge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

    The 8-km (one way) trail is like a little escapade well within reach that comes under the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM). The students of Mass Communication went to this nature walk for a firsthand experience of this area, frequently visited by nature and bird watching enthusiasts.
    The group was welcomed by a flock of pure white geese thoroughly enjoying the attention. It looked like a little park, with swings and benches and a beautiful view of the Gorewada lake.
    They started the trail right after crossing a small bridge used to separate the park and the trail. Gorewada Nature Trail is a bird lover’s paradise. The students could spot various species of birds. Weaver Birds, were a common sight, with their expertly-crafted nests hanging down tree branches. Kingfishers, parakeets, malkohas, peacocks and even a grey-headed eagle were sighted besides aquatic birds like cormorants, egrets, herons, spot-billed ducks and little grebes. The students were accompanied by Activity Incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

    Workshop on Page Making on Computer

    Senior journalist Mr. Anand Bhisey conducted a workshop in Newspaper Editing, Layout and Design for students wishing to join the print media. Mr. Bhisey, an expert in editing, layout, design and production gave them practical training various aspects and concepts of layout and design and trained the students on modern software such as Quark Xpress and Adobe Photoshop.
    The areas covered included Page-making, Layout and Design, use of computer software for making pages, use of pictures, illustrations, graphs, sketches and other visual elements, use of colour, pictures, graphics, fonts, planning a page make-up, page display variety and balance, Front Page, Inside Page, Feature page, Regional Page, Editorial Page, etc. and Introduction to web production.
    Mr. Bhisey explained that important concepts of Unity, Balance and Contrast in page design. The 10-day workshop also covered basic elements of advertisement design and placement.

    Visit to Maharashtra Legislature Session

    For a journalist in a vibrant democracy like India, it is important to be aware of the functioning of the legislature. Students of the department, accompanied by their teachers spent half a day at the historic Vidhan Bhawan to witness live the proceedings of the state legislature during its Winter Session in Nagpur.

     

    Students during their learning visit to the Mararashtra Legislature’s Winter Session at Vidhan Bhawan, Nagpur, along with HoD, Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar and Faculty Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

    From the visitors’ gallery, witnessed discussions and speeches by the legislators in different legislative formats such as Question Hour, Zero Hour, One-hour Discussion, etc. They were also made aware of the process of tabling reports and saw how debates are controlled by the Speaker and the Chairman.
    Witnessing the question hour in the Vidhan Sabha, they got themselves acquainted with legislative tools such as starred and unstarred questions, supplementaries and ministers’ replies. They were also informed about the processes for bills, resolutions, motions, half-hour discussions and other means used by the peoples’ representatives to further and protect the interests of their electorates.

    A Study in Rural Development: Fetri

    As a part of their rural sensitization, students of Mass Communication were taken for a visit to village Fetri in Nagpur District. This village has been adopted by Maharashtra’s Chief Minister, Mr. Devendra Fadanvis.
    The students interacted with top officials of the Gram Panchayat who gave information about the village vis-à-vis different parameters of development and civic amenities. Various schemes have been worked out regarding water and electric supply, sanitation, greening, use of open spaces for recreation and sports, assistance to farmers, self-employment measures for women and youth, etc. Irrigation facilities in particular have been substantially enhanced under the Jalyukta Shivir. Apart from government assistance, the village is also a beneficiary of welfare contributions from MOIL and Dr. Vikas Mahatme.

     

    Students during their learning visit to Fetri Village, seen with the Sarpanch and other Gram Panchayat members and Faculty In-charge Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

    The students also visited the Higher Secondary School where the teaching-learning process has been modernized to use digital technology. A visit to the primary health centre revealed that the infant mortality rates are low and basic health services are provided to the villagers. The students were accompanied by Activity Incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

    Other Activities:

    • Blood Donation Camp: A Blood Donation Camp was organized in the Department to mark International Women’s Day. Many students donated blood on the occasion.
    • Teachers’ Day: The staff and students got together to celebrate Teachers Day with enthusiasm. Students paid respects to their teachers and organized antakshari and other fun games.
    • Interaction with American students: A group of American students, studying at Pune under the ACM India Programme, visited the department and interacted with the student on a variety of political and social issues of interest to them.
    • Visit to DGI&PR: Students paid a learning visit to the office of the Director of Information and Public Relations, Government of Maharashtra to study the department’s functioning and how government public relations are conducted.
    • Visit to Photo Expo: The students were thrilled to see the incredible creativity of dozens of professional and amateur photographers at an exhibition put up by 4th Dimension Photographers’ Club. The theme was ‘Food’. The students were accompanied by Activity Incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.
    • Visit to Anthropological Museum: It was a rich learning experience about the rich and varied anthropology of Central India. The students were accompanied by Activity Incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.
    • Visit to Raman Science Centre: The students were lost in the wonders of science. Dozens of working models, displaying simple and complicated facts of science refreshed the basic concepts that might go into better science reporting. The students were accompanied by Activity Incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.
    • Career Counselling: The students had a health interaction with Miloni Bhatt, a veteran television journalist who has worked with NDTV and other major organizations. She discussed some frequently-asked questions about careers in TV journalism and gave some valuable tips. She was accompanied by senior journalist Mr. Anand Bhisey.
    • Visit to Nagzira-Navegaon Tiger Reserve: One of the oldest tiger reserves of Maharashtra the NNTR has maintained its charm. Students stayed overnight beside the lake in the heart of the park and took safari trips to acquaint themselves better with what is Vidarbha’s richest natural resource. They were accompanied by Activity Incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.
    • Greening Drive: Students of the department participated in the state forest department’s ambitious drive to plant two crore saplings across Maharashtra. The students, accompanied by Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, planted saplings on the open stretch of land around the backwaters of Ambazari lake.
    • Learning Tribal Culture: The students visited the shrine of adivasi deity Kuwara Bhivsen, some 70km from Nagpur. The occasion was the three-day ‘Jatra’ to celebrate the birth anniversary of the deity. Thousands of tribals from all over Maharashtra, MP, Chhattisgarh and other states gather for the festival. The students were accompanied by Activity Incharge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

     

    At the Teachers Day celebration (from left) Mr. Dinesh Tekade, Mr. Nitin Karale, Dr. Ahish Ujavane, HoD Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar, Mr. Rajiv Gaikwad, Mr. Sudhir Pathak, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque and Mr. Rajesh Joshi.



    Visit to a Photography Exhibition organized by 4th Dimenshion Photographers Club, along with Faculty In-charge, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.
    Students at a Blood Donation Camp to mark International Women’s Day, seen with HoD Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar and Assistant Professor, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

    Lessons in Forest Management and Wildlife Conservation: Jungle safari in Nagzira-Navegaon Tiger Reserve.
    Noted TV journalist, Miloni Bhatt, formerly with NDTV, guiding students about career options in the television industry. Others seen (from left) are Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, Mr. Anand Bhisey and HoD Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar.

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