Having worked with a few leading media organisations for almost a year, Karan Singh wanted to go back to the classroom to brush up his journalism skills. “I pursued my bachelor’s (journalism hons) from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Delhi University. I worked as a journalist before going for my master’s. After some time, however, I felt it was time to learn something new. I was also quite fascinated by radio, after having had a work experience opportunity with the BBC,” he says.
Sing went in for a master’s in convergent journalism at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia. “It’s amazing rediscovering the potential each medium has. Learning print all over again in the first semester was a great experience, and now, I’m doing radio and really enjoying it,” says Singh.
Students train across all media (print, radio, TV, web). “ The infrastructure is amazing and MCRC, tries to familiarise you with global standards in any medium, for which we have a week’s workshop in every semester with a foreign journalist who trains us in a particular medium,” he adds.
USP: MCRC was the first educational institution in the country which introduced a master’s degree programme in mass communication – an integrated programme on film, radio, television and video production. Since its inception, the centre has produced several illustrious alumni who have done great work in the field of mass media and communication.
These include actor Shah Rukh Khan, film director Lovleen Tandon, broadcast journalist Barkha Dutt and radio and television presenter Roshan Abbas.
Programmes: Seven postgraduate degree and diploma programmes are on offer, including masters’ in mass communication, and convergent journalism; PG diplomas in still photography and visual communication; broadcast technology; acting and the PhD programme. “The PG diploma in graphics and animation; and development communication are being converted into master’s degree programmes from the academic session 2013-2014,” says Obaid Siddiqui, director of MCRC. The admission process for various courses in currently on and the deadline for submitting applications is May 8, 2013.
The centre is revising and restructuring the syllabus of its flagship programme, MA in mass communication with the help of York University, Canada. “We aim to introduce digital cinema in place of celluloid which is the future medium of production for films. Similarly, we have restructured the syllabus of MA in convergent journalism with the help of a Fulbright scholar Richard James Schaefer of the University of New Mexico. The new syllabus of the programme will be implemented from the academic session 2013-14,” says Siddiqui.
Infrastructure: The centre has facilities such as a multimedia laboratory with 40 computers, a digital photography lab, animation and graphics lab with 20 workstations loaded with software like Flash and Maya. Some of the other facilities offered include two professional full HDTV studios with production and post production facilities; one multiple camera TV studio; multi-format recording and conversion facilities like DVC Pro, Betacam, Digital Beta, Blueray, DV, Sony IMX; dedicated video editing facilities for SDTV and HDTV; video cameras, film cameras; film projectors and preview room for screening celluloid films; facilities for film editing; photography studio; digital sound studio; and FM transmitters for broadcasting Jamia FM channel called Radio Jamia 90.4 FM.
Support system: The centre receives generous grants from the government and other international agencies such as Japan International Cooperation Agency. To provide international exposure and expertise to the students, the centre has also forged collaborative ties with the University of York, Toronto, University of Westminster, London, and Sciences Po, Paris.
AJK Mass Communication Research Centre Jamia Millia Islamia was established in 1982 in collaboration with York University, Toronto, and the Canadian International Development Aid Agency
We should have workshops with international journalists to stay in tune with global standards,” say students