The Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre (AJKMCRC) in Jamia Millia Islamia will offer a new course — PG Diploma in Broadcasting Technology — this academic year onward.
Students with BSc in Physics, Electronics and Engineering, with a minimum of 50% marks are eligible to apply for the course, which has 20 seats. The candidates will have to appear for an entrance test, which would be followed by an interview for the year-long course. The course seeks to produce trained personnel to manage and maintain the technical infrastructure required for media production and transmission.
Besides the introduction of this course, the institute will also implement the semester system in two of its master's programmes — MA in Mass Communication and MA in Convergent Journalism.
"The curriculum for Masters in Mass Communication was 25 years old. Since then, a lot of changes have taken place in television and film production. The implementation of the semester system gave us an opportunity to revise our courses, especially the masters in mass communications," said Obaid Sidiqqui, director, MCRC.
With the likes of Shahrukh Khan, Barkha Dutt, Kiran Rao as its alumni, MCRC is where the country's most illustrious media personalities hail from.
So, whether you want dabble in news or make a mark in the film industry, MCRC is where you can get the best training in media.
Established in 1982, MCRC offers six courses, besides also offering a doctorate, on various aspects and field of media. "There are many media schools but it is the only institute under a university system which offers a degree in media," said professor Obaid Sidiqqui, director, AJKMCRC.
The popularity of the courses can be gauged from the fact that last year, 35 applications were received for each seat in MA Mass Communication and 30 applications per seat for MA in Convergent Journalism.
“Today, there is demand for professionals who are adept at handling various platforms together and this is precisely what convergent journalism deals with," said Sidiqqui.