Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. Formerly known as nagpur university. Accredited with grade A by NACC

Department of Mass Communication


About us

About the Department

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.

Courses

1. Master of Arts in Mass Communication (4-semester Programme)
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

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

List of Papers 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

List of Papers 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

List of 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 (One-year Degree Programme)
Duration : One Year
Intake : 30
Admission Eligibility : Any Graduate from recognized university
Admission is done through Entrance Test (Written and Interview)

Syllabus
Part-A: (Written Examination)

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)

Syllabus 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)

Syllabus Part-C: (Internship)

Paper

Subject

C-1

Internship Diary

C-2

Oral Examination on Internship

3. P G Diploma in Video Programming (One-year Diploma programme)
Specialisation : Electronic Media
Intake : 25 students
Admission Eligibility : Any Graduate (second division or above)
Admission is done on "First Come First Served Basis"

Subjects:
I. Principles of Communication and Development & Comparison of Mass Media
II. News Gathering and News Reporting
III. Editing and Script Writing
IV. Interviews & Discussion/ Quiz on Current Affairs
V. Documentaries on Current Affairs
VI. Presentation & Production (Practical)

Faculty

Faculty

The Department has highly-qualified and experienced full time teachers, and it also 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, public relations and New Media.

Teaching Faculty

Mr. Moiz Mannan Haque
Assistant Professor (Senior Gr.) and Head
Mr. Moiz Mannan Haque

Educational Qualifications:
Ph.D., M.B.A., M.M.C. (1st Merit), Advanced Diploma in Journalism (International Institute for Journalism, Berlin, Germany), AFP Fellow (Washington DC, USA), Certificate in French language

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:

  • Head of the Department of Mass Communication, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (Aug, 2009- Aug, 2014 and Aug 2019 to present)
  • University approved Lecturer at NBA-accredited NYSS Institute of Management & Research, Nagpur, specializing in Advertising and Marketing Communications (2005-09).
  • Chairman, Board of Studies in Video Programming, RTMNU
  • Chairman, Board of Studies in Mass Communication, RTMNU
  • 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
  • Visiting Faculty at Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Nagpur School of Journalism
  • Member of Media Certification & Monitoring Committee of Election Commission of India


Dr. D.V. Dhawankar
Asst. Professor
 
Dr. D. V. Dhawankar

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 2019)
  • Research Supervisor – RTM Nagpur University, Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University, Gondwana University, North Mah. Univ., Jalgoan, Delhi University.
  • Ph.D. examiner
  • Member, Board of Studies in Mass Communication – RTM Nagpur 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.

Faculty on Contractual basis - Ms. Snigdha Khatawkar, MCMS, NET

Visiting Faculty

  • Mr. Sunil Kuhikar, CEO, Tarun Bharat
  • Mr. Jitendra Dhawale, Senior Journalist, Lokmat
  • Mr. Yogesh Pande, Senior Journalist, Lokmat
  • Mr. Kartik Lokhande, Senior Journalist, The Hitavada
  • Dr. Advocate Vasant Khaparde, High Court Lawyer
  • Mrs. Suvarna Gaikwad, High Court Lawyer
  • Mr. Neeraj Nakhate, Film Editor
  • Ms. Sonal Rawal, Advertising Professional
  • Mr. Anand Kumar Patil, IT expert
  • Mr. Tejinder Singh, Television Industry Expert
  • Mr. Rajeev Gaikwad, Doordarshan
  • Mr. Abhijeet Sahu, Professional Photographer and Cinematographer
  • Mr. Tejas Anjankar, IT Expert
  • Miss Nidhi Wairagade, Journalist, Lokmat Times

Research

Research Activity

  • Recognised Place of Research for Ph.D. degree.
  • 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.

Research Activity
Sr. No. Ph.D. Topic Name of Researcher Name of Guide Ongoing/Completed
01 “Television Advertising a Tool of Consumer Awareness in Delhi and NCR: A Comparative Study” Mr. Atul Upadhyay Dr. D. V. Dhawankar Awarded
02 “Application of E-governance Projects in Education in Delhi and Nagpur: A Comparative Study” Ku. Apoorva Malhotra Buttan Dr. D. V. Dhawankar Awarded
03 “Media and right to information: A Study of its application and impact in Indian Context” Mr. Upasana Ahuja Dr. D. V. Dhawankar Awarded
04 “Role of Internet in promoting traditional media: A study in reference to district Udaipur (Mewad region, Rajasthan)” Mr. Smiti Shyamsunder Padhi Dr. D. V. Dhawankar Awarded
05 “Effects of Online Advertising on Indian Consumers: A Critical Study” Mr. Atul Arora Dr. D. V. Dhawankar Awarded
06 “Career prospects in Newspaper Journalism in India: A Study in reference to Moradabad region” Mr. Akash Deep Muni Dr. D. V. Dhawankar Awarded
07 "A study of audience’s tendency to watch films through online medium” Mr. Jaipal Prem Singh Dr. D. V. Dhawankar Awarded
08 Effects of “Face book” on Youth of Vidarbha region, A Study Mr. Anant Kolamkar Dr. D. V. Dhawankar Awarded

Major Research Project:

The Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi sanctioned a major research project to Dr. D. V. Dhawankar on “A Study on the impact of Media Mix for rural poor of Vidarbha.” on 30/03/2017 vide no. F 02/307/SC/2016-17/RP. The project is likely to get completed by November 2019. Major Research Project granted Rs. eight lakh.

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, FM radio stations, advertising agencies, public relations departments and other related institutions.

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. Dainik Bhaskar
  8. Deshonnati
  9. Maharashtra Today
  10. All India Radio
  11. UCN cable TV news
  12. InCable New Network
  13. BCN News Network
  14. Western Coalfield Ltd. (WCL)
  15. Nagpur Metro
  16. OCW
  17. Directorate of I & PR, Govt. of Maharashtra
  18. Profit Advertisers
  19. MOIL
  20. RS Brand Garage

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

Placements

The quality of professionals produced by the Department is appreciated by the media industry. The Department has a strong 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, students have been placed in the following organizations:

  • The Hitavada
  • The Times of India
  • Lokmat
  • Nav Bharat
  • Maharashtra Times
  • Sakal
  • Tarun Bharat
  • ETV
  • ABP Majha
  • IBN Lokmat
  • Lokmat Times
  • Lokmat Samachar
  • Dainik Bhaskar
  • Punya Nagari
  • Lokshahi Vaarta
  • Rashtra Prakash
  • GTPL
  • BCN News
  • InCable
  • UCN
  • Youth Junction
  • News Bharati
  • Nagpur Today
  • MajhaVidarbha
  • Maharashtra Today
  • New News Network
  • Profit Advertisers
  • Market Info Inc., Design Studio
  • and other media outlets.

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. The Department periodically hosts ‘Sampark’ the Alumni Meet and also holds events in partnership with the Alumni Association. In recent years, the Department and its Alumni Association have hosted a National Seminar on Credibility of Media and a Golden Jubilee Seminar on New Career Opportunities in Mass Communication.

Some of the Department’s outstanding Alumni include:

  • Late Mr. Raghu Menon, former Secretary, I&B, Government of India, New Delhi
  • Mr. Prakash Dubey, Group Editor, Dainik Bhaskar and former member, Press Council of India
  • Ms. Sathya Saran, former Editor, Femina, Mumbai
  • Mr. Vijay Satokar, former Senior Editor, PTI and Regional Director, IIMC, Amravati
  • Mr. Vijay Phanshikar, Editor, The Hitavada, Nagpur
  • Mr. Prafulla Marpakwar, Senior Editor, The Times of India, Mumbai
  • Mr. Punya Prasun Bajpai, former Senior Editor, Aaj Tak, New Delhi
  • Mr. Shishir Bhate, Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo India
  • Mr  Shishir Joshi, former Group Editorial Director, Mid Day, Mumbai
  • Mr. Sudhir Pathak, former Chief Editor, Tarun Bharat,
  • Mr. Bhupendra Ganvir, former Resident Editor, Sakal, Nagpur
  • Mr. Gajanan Nimdeo, Chief Editor, Tarun Bharat
  • Mr. Ashok Easwaran, Senior Journalist, USA
  • Mr. Anil John, Sports Editor, Gulf Times, Qatar
  • Mr. Chandramohan Puppala, former Executive Editor, Saam TV
  • Mr. Shailesh Pande, Executive Editor, Sakal, Nagpur
  • Mr. Shripad Aparajit, Resident Editor, Maharashtra Times, Nagpur
  • Mr. Vinod Pandole, Film Producer, Mumbai
  • Miss Sujata Anandan, Political Editor, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Mr. Dharmendra Jore, Political Editor, Mid Day, Mumbai
  • Mrs. Sunita Mudaliar, Executive Editor, Nagpur Today
  • Mr. Pradip Kumar Maitra, President, Maharashtra Union of Working Journalists
  • Mr. Alok Tiwari, Deputy Resident Editor, The Times of India, Nagpur
  • Mr. Vivek Deshpande, Senior Assistant Editor, The Indian Express, Nagpur
  • Ms. Sarita Kaushik, Vidarbha Bureau Chief, ABP News
  • Mr. Vasant Chaudhary, former Director, DGI&PR, Govt. of Maharashtra
  • Mr. B.M.Kausal, former Director, DGI&PR, Govt. of Maharashtra
  • Mr. Suresh Wandile, Director, DGI&PR, Govt. of Maharashtra
  • Mr. Bhalchandra Chorghade, Manager, Corporate Communications, GVK Navi Mumbai International Airport, Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai
  • Mr. Akhilesh Halve, Deputy General Manager, Corporate Communications, Nagpur Metro Rail
  • Mr. Ganesh Puranik, Deputy PRO, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
  • Mr. Ashok Kolhatkar, PRO, Nagpur Municipal Corporation
  • Mr. Sachin Dravekar, Head of PR and Communications, OCW Pvt. Ltd.
  • Dr. Ved Prakash Mishra, Pro-Chancellor, DMIMS University
  • Dr. Sharad Nimbalkar, former Vice Chancellor, PDKV, Akola
  • Late Mr. Shantaram Potdukhe, former Union Minister
  • Mr. Sudhir Mungantiwar, former Minister,  Govt. of Maharashtra
  • Late Dr. Shrikant Jichkar, former Minister,  Govt. of Maharashtra
  • Mr. Girish Gandhi, former MLC, Maharashtra
  • Mr. Puranchandra Meshram, former Registrar, RTM Nagpur University
  • Dr. Pramod Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Humanities, RTM Nagpur University

Events

Major Activities of 2019 – 2020

Lecture by Times of India Features Editor, Diniar Patel, from Pune (July 1, 2019)

Pune-based Features Editor of The Times of India, Mr. Diniar Patel gave an interesting presentation on marketing communications during a visit to the Department.
Making his point with illustrated case studies, Mr. Patel spoke about how hard news stories can be enhanced and made rich by taking new angles or adding insightful inputs. Specifically, he referred to the stupendously successful Airtel advertisement that was creatively shot using college students.
Marketing communication needs to be incisive and precise, he stressed, pointing towards the prohibitively high costs of advertising in mainstream media. He also touched upon alternative means of advertising such as advertorials and other paid content.
Mr. Patel also explained how the New Media can be creatively used to put across and popularize a message.

Lecture by Times of India Features Editor, Diniar Patel from Pune

ToI Features Editor, Mr. Diniar Patel, during his lecture at the department.

Students take part in Live Election Talk Show by TV9 (August 1, 2019)

The Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha elections turned out to be a learning experience even for the students of the Department of Mass Communication. As the winter capital of the state and the home seat of some of the state’s political bigwigs, many television channels had organized programmes around the elections.
TV9’s Mahasangram-Maharashtrachya Manaat Kaay? – was their first encounter with the phenomenon of a live broadcast. Theoretical knowledge about live TV shows was complemented that day with practical exposure. The students were introduced to the functioning inside the OB van and saw how a live event is produced and relayed.
Mr Gajanan Umate, TV9’s Nagpur Bureau Chief explained live broadcasting to them. Calling live TV as the lifeline of news, he said, that live TV tests a journalist’s ability. Remaining alert and displaying an understanding of the issue were necessary along with the ability to manage guests and crowds, according to Mr. Umate.

Students take part in Live Election Talk Show by TV9

Students with TV9’s Mr. Gajan Umate and HoD Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque

Congress spokesman, Mr. Atul Londe, Nationalist Congress Party MLC, Mr. Prakash Gajbhiye, BJP MLA Mr. Milind Mane and Shiv Sena leader Chintu Maharaj were among the party representatives that day. The students also got a chance to pose their questions to the political leaders.

Learning visit to Advertising Agency (August 10, 2019)

To create memorable brands and drive buying requires ingenuity and creativity. For a person with ideas and a vision that can drive sales, there is no limit of growth in the field of advertising. That is what the students learnt during their visit to Design Studio, a leading advertising agency in the city.

Learning visit to Advertising Agency

Mrs. Sonal Rawal, Marketing Head of Design Studio explain ad-making software.

Ms. Sonal Rawal, Marketing Head of Design Studio, took the students around the agency and explained to them how the various departments came together to create a single advertisement. She spoke to them about the necessity of creating the perfect client ‘brief’ that the creative department can draw upon to create a good idea.

The students spent time in the different departments of Client Servicing, Copy Writing, Art Direction, and Production and saw for themselves how a client brief gets translated into an idea.

Visit to Chitar Oli before Ganesh festival (August 23, 2019)

It is almost a tradition; much like the Ganesh festival itself. Each year, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque takes the students to Chitar Oli, a colony of artisans, in Nagpur. The Chitar Oli tour is a chance for the students to draw out their cameras and capture stories through pictures or hunt for short but powerful human interest stories..
It was a rainy day but armed with their cameras and camera phones, the students weaved their way through the street. The students put into practice what they had learnt in class - the impact of camera frames and angles on the subject. Dr. Haque had stories to narrate about almost every shop they visited. They also visited the shop of the sculptor who makes the famous Hill Top Ganesh idol, Nagpur’s biggest.

Visit to Chitar Oli before Ganesh festival

Students during a visit to Chitar Oli along with HoD, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque

Though the assignment that day was to learn the art of story-telling through pictures, the students also interacted with the artisans and gained an understanding of their lives.

Lecture by P R Professional, Sanjay Ramamoorthy (August 23, 2019)

PR is about understanding client needs: Rammoorthy
Veteran public relations and corporate communications professional from Mumbai, Mr. Sanjay Rammoorthy, highlighted the importance of being pro-active to rise in the profession.
In an interaction with the students during a visit to the Department, Mr. Rammoorthy said a good PR person has the ability to develop an insight into his client’s needs. “Whether it is internal or external communications, media or investor relations, or a damage control exercise, the key factor is to understand how perceptions work,” he said.
He gave several examples out of his own experience to illustrate how timely and imaginative PR can turn a situation around. He also spoke about the latest developments and emerging areas in public relations. He advised the students on how best to prepare themselves for a career in this field.

Lecture by P R Professional Sanjay Ramamoorthy

Mr. Sanjay Rammorthy addressing students during his visit to the Department.

Visit to Marbat Festival (August 31, 2019)

Once a year, Nagpur has its signature event knows as Marbat. The day-long Marbat Festival is a tradition that started in 1881 wherein two effigies are sculptured, one black and one yellow.
Besides these two ‘main’ Kali and Peeli Marbats, there are dozens of smaller Marbats and Badgyas (male effigies) that are brought by by mandals in different localities of old Nagpur. All these join up with the big two at Nehru Putla in Itwari area and then start out in a procession.
The yellow represents good and the black represents evil. These effigies are taken around the old city and then, set on fire. Each year issues that are troubling society or issues that need acceptance in society are highlighted by way of these effigies. This year the effigies highlighted the issues of Article 370, corruption, electronic voting machines, and terrorism.
HoD Dr Moiz Mannan Haque took the students to see the effigies as a way for them to connect to the pulse of the city. Being on the streets and grasping the mood of the city is important learning for future journalists.

Visit to Marbat Festival

Students pose in front of the Kali Marbat

Saam TV Election Show (September 3, 2019)

Marathi news channel Saam TV’s election special live show was a perfect ground for the students to watch and understand different aspects of TV presentation.
They observed and experienced the setting up of the set, took a close look at the equipment –cameras, sound recording, lighting and props – and how each of these are set or deployed. They saw the show host in action and noted the manner in which he conducted the show, hopping seamlessly from guest to guest and issue to issue.
It was wonderful learning and show hosting and interview techniques. Later, the senior correspondent of Saam TV, Mr. Sanjay Daff, took time out exclusively for the Department’s students to explain the finer nuances of TV news show production. He also answered numerous queries from the students.

Saam TV Election Show

Mr. Sanjay Daff, Senior Correspondent, Saam TV, discussing production techniques with students.

Saluting the Teachers (September 5, 2019)

A short and sweet programme was organized by the students on the occasion of Teacher’s Day. For once the teachers were supposed to be quiet and students took the lead. They welcomed and thanked all their teachers, and presented an autographed ‘thank you’ card to the HoD, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque. This was followed by a session of dumb charades and other entertainment.

Saluting the Teachers

The teachers present included Dr. Vasant Khaparde, Mrs. Snigdha Khatawkar, Mr. Anand Kumar Patil, Mr. Rajiv Gaikwad, Mr. Yogesh Pande and Mr. Abhjit Sahu. The programme was hosted by Mr. Gaurav Lakhe and Miss Megha Rokde. Miss Disha Kareshiya gave the Vote of Thanks and all the students participated to make it a memorable day for the teachers.

जनसंचार विभाग ने मनाया हिंदी दिवस (September 14, 2019)

हिंदी एक ऐसी भाषा है जिसका उपयोग भारत के डिजिटल क्षेत्र मे सबसे तेजी से बढ़ रहा है। राष्ट्रसंत तुकडोजी महाराज विश्वविद्यालय के जनसंचार विभाग के छात्रों को संबोधित करते हुए , प्रख्यात पत्रकार श्री संजय तिवारी ने भाषा कौशल पर जोर दिया।
विभाग मे आयोजित हिंदी दिवस के कार्यक्रम मे बोलते हुए, दैनिक नाव भारत के निवासी संपादक श्री तिवारी ने कहा की युवाओं मे आज शुद्ध भाषा अपनाने के प्रति एक प्रकार की उदासीनता दिखाई देती है। यह ठीक नहीं। व्यर्थ ही बेरोजगारी का ढोल पीटने से कोई लाभ नहीं, बल्कि युवाओं को चाहिए की वे अपनी कुशलताओं पर ध्यान दें।
हिंदी दिवस के कार्यक्रम की अध्यक्षता विभाग प्रमुख डॉ मोइज़ मन्नान हक़ ने की।

जनसंचार विभाग ने मनाया हिंदी दिवस

हिंदी दिवस के अवसर पर श्री संजय तिवारी छात्रों से संवाद करते हुए. साथ में विभाग प्रमुख, डॉ. मोइज़ हक़.

रोजगार के विषय मे आगे बोलते हुए, श्री तिवारी ने कहा, “यदि आज यहा किसी छात्र के पास पर्यातप्त काबिलियत है, तो उन्हे मै यही जॉब ऑफर देता हूँ। जिसके पास भाषा कौशल है वह बेरोजगार नहीं रह सकता। प्रश्न यह है की क्या आप उस काबिल हो?”

वेबसाईट कंटेन्ट, अनलाइन मार्केटिंग, ब्लॉग्स, सोशल मीडिया मार्केटिंग जैसे कितने ही क्षेत्र है जहा अच्छा लिखने वालों की बड़ी मांग है। युवाओं को चाहिए की वे कम से कम एक भाषा, जैसे की हिंदी, पर प्रभुत्व हासिल करें। इसके अलावा, उन्हे अंग्रेजी और किसी एक क्षत्रिय भाषा समझती हो, तो व्यावसायिक कामयाबी तय है।

इस अवसर पर, श्री तिवारी ने छात्रों को पिछले सत्र मे आयोजित प्रातयोगिताओं एवं कार्यक्रमों के प्रमाण पत्र प्रदान किए। इससे पहले, विभाग प्रमुख डॉ मोइज़ मन्नान हक़ ने हिंदी दिवस की भूमिका स्पष्ट की। छात्रा मेघ रोकड़े ने मुख्य कार्यक्रम का और मंथन पटले तथा प्रियंका देवासे के प्रमाण पत्र वितरण का संचालन किया। दीक्षा चिचघरे ने आभार प्रदर्शन किया।

Golden Jubilee Inauguration (September 19, 2019)

The year 2019 - 2020 was the Department’s 50th year. The year-long celebrations were started off in the presence of the Honorable Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Siddharthavinayak Kane, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Vinayak Deshpande, Senior Journalist and President of the Department’s alumni association, Mr Pradip Kumar Maitra and ex-HoDs, Prof. Sharad Patil, Dr. K. G. Misar, Prof. Chandrashekhar Gupta, and Dr. Vinod Indurkar.
Dr. Kane congratulated the department and spoke of the power that is vested in the journalist. He asked the students to rise up to the expectations of society from mass communicators. Intelligence, presence of mind, wit, and wisdom, he felt were the qualities that defined a good communicator. He explained how each of these terms though similar were different, and each contributed to a journalist’s wholesomeness.
Dr. Deshpande in his address referred to journalism as a mirror of society. To him, words are weapons of a journalist that could become instruments of change. Mr. Pradip Maitra in his speech brought attention to the need of introducing changes in the curriculum to make it future-oriented and compatible with the requirements of the media industry.

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Vice Chancellor, Dr. S.P.Kane lighting the lamp. Others seen (from left) Mr. Pradit Kumar Maitra, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, Dr. Vinayak Deshpande and Prof. Sharad Patil.

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Ex-Hods after their felicitation. From left: Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, HoD, Prof Chandrashekhar Gupta (ex-HoD), Dr. K.G.Misar (ex-HoD), Dr. Vinod Indurkar (ex-HoD), Dr. Vinayak Deshpande, Pro-VC, Dr. S.P.Kane (VC), Prof. Sharad Patil (ex-HoD) and Mr. Pradit Kumar Maitra, President of the Alumni Association.

The golden jubilee celebrations began with the felicitation of all former HoDs. The inauguration led to a series of events throughout the year celebrating the 50th year.

Freshers Day (September 25, 2019)

As is the norm, new students have to be welcomed. The welcoming party is not the Department but senior students. As is well-known, getting a bunch of adults to agree upon anything is difficult, and so it was for the Freshers Party. After weeks of going back-and-forth on ideas and dates finally, the day was declared much to the relief of the newcomers. And, what a party it turned out to be. Flowers, food, music, games, fun, and Mr and Miss Fresher, nothing was missed out.
Girish Kubde was Mister Fresher for Video Programming, Disha Kareshiya and Amol Borkar were selected Miss and Mister Fresher respectively, of the Master’s programme, and Gaurav Lakhe and Shweta Kamdi were crowned Mister and Miss Fresher of the Bachelor of Journalism programme.
The students and staff all let their hair down and had an enjoyable party. After all, a Freshers Day is a day to be remembered throughout the year.

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Students and teachers at the Freshers Day event.

BBC Marathi Election Show (September 27, 2019)

The Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha elections brought BBC Marathi to the city. The venue was Dhanwate National College. The programme, Rashtra - Maharashtra, was exclusively for students and social workers, giving them an opportunity to field their questions to Vidhan Sabha candidates from the region. For the students of the Department, it was a double whammy. They not only got to be part of a political process but also got to interact with BBC Marathi’s editorial and production teams.

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BBC Marathi Editor, Mr. Aashish Dixit interacting with Mass Communication students

While speaking to the students, BBC Marathi’s Editor, Mr. Aashish Dixit cited the necessity of having technical know-how of the profession. Also of importance was the drive to continuously update knowledge, which according to Mr. Dixit was the only way of staying relevant in the ever-changing media industry.
The show was shot and telecast live. HoD Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque was present throughout the programme guiding the team of over 45 students as they enthusiastically participated in the programme. It was a rich learning experience for the students. At the end of the show, the students received a Certificate of Participation.

Session on Google News Initiative (October 1, 2019)

In 2018, Google launched Google News Initiative to fight the menace of fake news being spread on the wings of the internet. The aim was to bring a stronger future for journalism. Google launched GNI to skill journalists to identify and bust fake news narrative. Ex-student of the Department, Ankita Deshkar, a Google-certified trainer and Nagpur-based journalist, introduced the concept and tools to the students. From misinformation to mal-information, Ankita took the students through the spectrum of fakes. The final bit of the session was a demonstration of fact-checking apps and sites.
To the students, the session was an eye-opener. It armed them with tools to test their hunches. Over the year, under the guidance of HoD Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, the students took on several initiatives to inform social media users about the prevalence of fake news.

ABP Majha Election Show (October 3, 2019)

The students actively participated in ABP Majha’s Vidhan Sabha Election show. Having already attended TV9, Saam TV and BBC Marathi’s election programmes, they had already become old-hands at the concept of live broadcasting, and yet, learning was not over. The ABP Majha show brought out to them the importance of proper show-handling by the programme’s anchor.
Doing a live show is always a double-edged sword. While the reactions of the participants are unprocessed and unfiltered, things may also go in an undesirable way. At times, participants may refuse to cooperate and it is a challenge to the host to continue the show while adapting to developments.
The real scene when programming along with the ‘live’ show telecast was a unique learning experience for the students. At the end of the programme, they had a very informative Q&A session with the channel’s Vidarbha Bureau Chief, Ms. Sarita Kaushik.

Creatively presenting Gandhi’s thoughts (October 3)

The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated by the Department with a poster and slogan competition. The objective was to encourage the students to learn more about the life and work of the Mahatma as well as allow them to present their creative skills, which are very important for students of Mass Communication.
The prizes for the slogan competition were won by: 1. Puja Jangde, 2. Diplai Patle, 3. Soujanya Attela; for the poster competition, the winners were: 1. Shrutika Zade, 2. Divya Chaube, 3. Manthan Patle. The competition was judged by Mr Raj Mehar, writer and poet and Mr. Dilip Mhaisalkar, Incharge, Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh (VSS) Library.

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Judges viewing the entries displayed in the Department.

Lecture by BBC Correspondent, Pravin Mudholkar (October 4, 2019)

“There is no scope for mistakes in the field of journalism, and a mistake here is equal to violence,” said Mr. Pravin Mudholkar, Senior Journalist with BBC. HoD Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque welcomed Mr Mudholkar at the Department as part of the Department’s industry engagement series for the students. Mr Mudholkar spoke on the topic of a planning and orgnaising a TV Talk Show.

Lecture by BBC Correspondent Pravin Mudholkar

BBC Correspondent, Mr. Pravin Mudholkar handing over a certificate to PGDVP student, Mr. Bhimarao Meshram, as HoD, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, looks on.

In an interesting change, Mr. Mudholkar presented the concept of a talk show from an economic perspective. TV and along with it, talk shows, he felt had to be viewed from the lens of markets and revenues. The audience and advertisers were all looking for gains and it was the medium’s responsibility to deliver it. The gains could be real learnings or advertising revenues. He also spoke of the need for TV journalists organizing talk shows to create ‘talking points’ and stick to them.

Detailing the organization of a talk show he explained the role of the guest coordinator, creating the correct audience mix, the importance of understanding the different aspects of the topic under discussion, using politically sensitive language, handling guests and staying focussed on the topic of the talk show. A winner of the Ramnath Goenka Award for Journalism, 2013, Mr. Mudholkar’s advice to students was to start a change from within themselves.

Visit to Public Relations Dept. of Maharashtra Govt. (October 4, 2019)

Visit to Public Relations Department of Maharashtra Govt

Director, I&PR, Mr. Hemraj Bagul, DIO Shailaja Dandale, and Mrs. Snigdha Khatawkar with students.

Public Relations is a growing field that promises lucrative employment opportunities for Mass Communication degree holders. It is not just the private sector, but governments and their agencies too need bright young people to manage their image and keep a connect with the people.

The manner in which the Government of Maharashtra is doing this vital function was explained to the students during a visit to the office of the Director of Information and Public Relations, Mr. Hemraj Bagul. He gave them an overview of the department and the different tools it uses. He stressed on the emerging use of digital media in Public Relations.

The students were accompanied by faculty incharge, Mrs. Snigdha Khatawkar. District Information Officer, Mrs. Shailaja Wagh-Dandale, was present during the interaction.

Dainik Bhaskar Election Discussion Programme (October 6, 2019)

Mass Communication is not just about technology or event or language or writing. Mass Communication is about participation in public life. It is about the values of society. It is with this understanding that students eagerly participated in Dainik Bhaskar’s election programme. The topic of the show - Rajnitik Bahas ka Star - focused on the quality of present political debate.
National leaders of various political parties like BJP’s Minakshi Lekhi, Congress’ Gaurav Vallabh, Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi and NCP’s Mahesh Tapaase were present at the event.
The students got to hear the viewpoints of the national leaders. Later, they had a free discussion in the class where they presented their thoughts on the topic, and evaluated the quality of political debate in India, over the years.

National Press Day at Patrakar Club of Nagpur (November 16, 2019)

The National Press Day is celebrated each year. To students stepping into the profession, it is a special day in their journey in this profession. It is a time to engage with senior journalists, learn from them, and understand the collective challenges faced by the media. The event held at the Patrakar Club of Nagpur was organized by the Directorate General of Information and Public Relations (DGIPR), Nagpur. Nagpur District Collector, Mr. Ravindra Thakre was the Chief Guest at the event attended in large numbers by students, members of the journalism fraternity.

National Press Day at Patrakar Club of Nagpur

Mr. Pradip Kumar Maitra, President of the Nagpur Press Club, Mr. Sudhir Pathak, Senior Journalist, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, HoD of Mass Communication, Mr. Shirish Borkar, Secretary of the Nagpur Union of Working Journalists, and Ms. Shailaja Dandale of DGIPR addressed the gathering on the occasion. Issues such as the implementation of the Working Journalist Act, the lack of legal protection to journalists, the impact of digital advertising on the profession and the hopes of the future were all spoken on were all discussed.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Ravindra Thakre spoke of the ever changing nature of the society, where new disruptions keep emerging. He felt that to revitalize readership and the media scene, traditional media should embrace disruptive technologies like mobile phones and social media.
The show was anchored by DGIPR’s Aparna Yawalkar, and Mr. Anil Gadekar also of DGIPR proposed the vote of thanks.

Aaj Tak’s Vidhan Sabha show Raj Tilak

Students got the opportunity to watch news anchor Anjana Om Kashyap in action at the ‘Raj Tilak’ live election show of Hindi news channel Aaj Tak in the run up to the Maharashtra Assembly elections. They experiences the live broadcast and understood the role of the anchor.

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Students of the Department at the live election show of Aaj Tak

Questions from the audience, including students of the Department, led to a sparring match among the leaders of the various political parties and their party members. The situation became quickly heated with each party trying to show its muscle. Anjana Om Kashyap deftly handled the situation and calmed down the leaders while keeping the show going. She managed to telecast and wrap the show as per the telecast time.

Though the reality of hardcore programming shook up the students a little, they also learnt about maintaining calm and poise in a challenging situation.

Constitution Day (November 26, 2019)

On the occasion of the Constitution Day, a talk on ‘Media Freedom and the Indian Constitution’, and the unveiling of the preamble of the Indian Constitution was organized at the Department of Mass Communication.
Speaking on the occasion eminent jurist Adv. Firdaus Mirza said that it was the media’s responsibility to keep reminding governments of their duties and responsibilities. He said that the media should help protect citizen’s rights. Citing a few rulings of the Supreme Court, he asserted that the constitution had guaranteed basic rights to citizens, and not governments.

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Adv. Firdaus Mirza unveiling the plaque of the Preamble of the Constitution of India. Also seen (from left): HoD, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, Assistant Prof. Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar and senior journalist, Mr. Vaibhav Ganjapure.

Adv. Mirza also spoke about the freedom of the press as stated by the Indian Constitution. He reaffirmed that India has no special law which guarantees media freedom. The media derives its freedom from Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution. The Article guarantees every citizen the right to freedom of speech and expression, and that is why the necessity for the media to uphold the rights of citizens.

HoD Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque started off the programme by saying that the Constitution of India is considered to be the world’s most extensive. He said that the Indian constitution is not just a book of legal directives but a guide to democratic living.

Senior journalist and department alumnus, Mr. Vaibhav Ganjapure introduced the guests. The programme was conducted by Miss Megha Rokde and Mr Tushar Dharkar gave the vote of thanks.

Granth Dindi Granth Poojan Cultural Programme (December 5, 2019)

The Department of Mass Communication and Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh (VSS) Library came together to organize a unique programme with a view to develop a love of books and literature amongst students.

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Nearly a hundred students of various teaching departments in the university campus took part. The programme began with a ‘Granth Dindi’ (Book Procession). Leading the procession was a ‘palkhi’ (palanquin) with the books written by legendary saints of Maharashtra, such as Dyaneshwari, Tukaram Gatha, Namdeo Gatha and Gram Geeta, and a copy of the Constitution of India. The palkhi was ceremoniously brought to the Department’s hall where the dignitaries present performed a symbolic ‘Granth Pooja’ (worshipping of books) of the volumes in the palkhi.

‘Granthsahvaas’, a short documentary on the VSS library was screened. The chief guest on the occasion was Dr. Pramod Sharma, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Head of the Departments of Hindi and Urdu. Head of the Department, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, presided over the function. They highlighted the importance of reading good literature for the personality development and highlighted how important this knowledge was for those aspiring for careers in Mass Communication.

Mr. Prakash Edlabadkar, Dr. Rajendra Dolke and Mrs Shubhada Phadnavis from VSS also addressed the gathering. Faculty members, Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar, Mrs. Snindha Khatawkar, Mr. Anand Kumar Patil and others were present on the occasion.

The second session featured a melodious presentation ‘Pran Visava’ in which a musical group presented selected Marathi songs. The event was a part of the department’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Film-Making Workshop – Projecting Imaginations (Dec 23 to Jan 2)

Students of the Department had a lifetime experience working with well-known Bollywood and Television producer Mr. Vinod Pandole and creating a short film they can be proud of.
Imagination is the core of communication and it helps not only in Journalism but in all spheres of life, said Mr. Pandole, during the Film and TV Workshop – Projecting Imaginations. The eight- day workshop was held as part of the Golden Jubilee activities of the department. An alumnus of the department, Mr. Pandole is the founder and creative director of Swayams Films. He is a former head, On Air Promotions (OAP), Zee TV. He has also worked as Executive Producer with Star TV.

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On the first day of the workshop, emphasizing imagination, he said that observation is the key to imagination. “You should discard first thoughts in order to develop innovative ideas but don’t throw them away,” Mr. Pandole advised. Visualization is power and should be used in the correct manner. He said that ‘interest’,’curiosity’, and ‘action’ are three basic ingredients to develop any idea.

The workshop was unique in the sense that it was not structured in a time-table. During the workshop many short films were shown to students for them to understand the minute details of cinema. It was a very different kind of experience for the students of mass communication. The workshop changed the perspective of students as how to see a movie.

Visualisation for advertising was also taught to students in this workshop. They wrote a TV commercial script as an assignment. In order to give practical knowledge of advertising, Mr. Pandole gave students an assignment of creating an advertising agency. Students were divided into five teams and given the task of creating an agency’s Mission-Vision, logo, tagline, and its objective. Students participated very enthusiastically in this exercise. They were asked to promote any product of their choice in front of the class.

In another task, students learned the basics of production. Students made a presentation on the production and based on this they made a short Marathi film “Shikshnacha Marg” . Students learned pre and post-production activities while making this short film. They performed all roles in this exercise.

Pre-production arrangements like recce, location finalization, casting, costumes and props gave them many practical lessons. The post-production processes too were completely handled by the students under Mr. Pandole’s guidance. Students understood the importance of time, the panic of deadlines and the importance of detailed organization.

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Participants of the workshop with Mr. Vinod Pandole, Mr. Pravartan Tatte and Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque

At the end of the Workshop, the students organised a premiere for the film, for which Mr. Pravartan Tatte, CEO of Rajkarne Media Waves Pvt. Ltd. was the chief guest.

जनसंवाद विभागात पत्रकार दिन साजरा

“पत्रकारिता क्षेत्रामध्ये कोणताही धर्म, पक्ष किवा विचारधारा न बाळगता, किंबहूना तसे विचार डोक्यात न येऊ देता, पत्रकारिता करावी. ती पत्रकारिता समाजहित साधणारी व लोकशाहीला बळकट करणारी ठरते.” असे प्रतिपादन दैनिक सकाळ चे कार्यकारी संपादक श्री शैलेष पांडे यांनी केले.
राष्ट्रसंत तुकडोजी महाराज नागपूर विद्यापीठाच्या जनसंवाद विभागाच्या वतीने बाळशास्त्री जांभेकरांच्या सन्मानार्थ मराठी पत्रकार दिनाच्या कार्यक्रमाचे आयोजन ६ जानेवारीला करण्यात आले होते त्याप्रसंगी ते बोलत होते. बाळशास्त्री जांभेकर यांनी वृत्तपत्राचा वापर फक्त ब्रिटिशांचा विरोध करण्यासाठीच केला नाही तर त्याचा उपयोग समाज जागृतीसाठीही केलं असल्याचे श्री शैलेष पांडे यांनी सांगितले. त्याचबरोबर असहमती प्रकट करणे म्हणजे लोकशाहीला विरोध करणे असा अर्थ लावणे चूकीचे असल्याचेही मार्गदर्शन श्री पांडे यांनी केले.
या कार्यक्रमाचे प्रास्ताविक करतांना जनसंवाद विभाग प्रमुख डाँ. मोईज मन्नान हक़ यांनीही बाळशास्त्री जांभेकरांच्या कार्यावर प्रकाश टाकत विद्यार्थांना संबोधित केले. अतिथींचे स्वागत श्री गौरव लाखे यांनी केले. कार्यक्रमाचे संचालन कुमारी मेघा रोकडे तर आभार प्रदर्शन श्री भीमराव मेश्राम यांनी केले.

जनसंवाद विभागात पत्रकार दिन साजरा

जनसंवाद विभागाच्या वतीने आयोजित पत्रकार दिनाच्या कार्यक्रमात बोलतांना दैनिक सकाळचे कार्यकारी संपादक श्री सैलेश पांडे. सोबत, विभाग प्रमुख डॉ. मोईज मन्नान हक़.

Students become ‘Truth Warriors’ - Dekh Bhai Fake (December 13)

In what is probably the first initiative of its kind by students in India, the Department of Mass Communication, RTM Nagpur University today unveiled a Media Literacy drive called “Dekh Bhai Fake.” The campaign was inaugurated by Mr. Vijay Satokar, retired Senior Editor, PTI, New Delhi, and Regional Director, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Amravati, on December 13, 2019.
The campaign primarily aims to educate the youth on the perils of ‘Fake News’ in Social Media by reaching out to major colleges in Nagpur. The Department has undertaken this initiative as part of its outreach programme for its Golden Jubilee year.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Satokar congratulated the students on the choice of subject. He spoke about the dangers of fake news and the alarming rate at which they can spread. He spoke of “deep fakes” and the growing impossibility of telling real from fake.
Stressing on the need for clearing society of fakes in politics, health and the economy, he hoped that the last link integrating the efforts of all in the media would come to fruition.
In his introductory remarks, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, Head of the Department said, although it may be impossible to stop fake news, it was possible for people to stop responding to such malafide falsehoods. He hoped by creating awareness amongst the youth, a critical thinking generation of Social Media consumers would be born.

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Mr. Vijay Satokar, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque and teachers with volunteers of the campaign.

Dekh Bhai Fake is reaching out to students in all major undergraduate colleges in Nagpur. To do so, the students of the Department have formed six teams. Their presentation will cover the social, political and economic impact of fake news, besides the threat to the country’s integrity and sovereignty. The campaign is educating people about the various aspects of identifying false and misleading information and what they could do to stop its spread.

Integrating the presentation to real life action is the account “dekhbhaifake” on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Participants from the colleges are being encouraged to join the drive against fake news by staying connected through these Social Media networking sites.

In the second stage of the drive, the students hope to reach rural colleges through a “Train the Trainers” programme, to be executed with the cooperation of the university’s National Service Scheme (NSS) unit.

Earlier, Mr. Satokar was welcomed by Miss Aishwarya Meshram. Miss Megha Rokde conducted the proceedings and Ms Pooja Parale proposed a vote of thanks. The inauguration of the campaign was attended by faculty members, Dr. D.V.Dhawankar, Ms. Snigdha Khatawkar, Dr. Vasant Khaparde, Mr. Anand Kumar Patil, Mr. Tejinder Singh and students of the Department.

Event Management Workshop (Dec ’19 and Feb ’20)

Conceptualising, Costing, Canvassing, Customisation and Carrying are the 5 Cs of Event Management, said Mr. Vaibhav Choudhari, CEO of Crescent Events Solutions at a workshop organised for the students during December 16-18, 2019 and February 5-7, 2020.
Mr. Choudhari’s workshop on Event Management focused on the importance of Brand Communication. He explained to the students how an event is planned, using the case of an inter-college festival. During the planning, he emphasized the significance of cost-cutting and explained several ways to do that.
He also shared tips and tricks to organize a ‘grand’ event and how superstructure can be converted to a Five Star property for a high class event. On the final day, he enhanced the technical as well as on-field knowledge of the students with terms like ‘pax’ which is used for people and ‘recce’ which is the process of visiting and quickly looking around a venue to gather and assess information about it.

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Mr. Vaibhav Choudhari conducting an exercise during the workshop on Event Management

As the final step, he gave the participants the task of managing an event and asked them to present a detailed plan of it. The students participated with energy and enthusiasm to gain as much as they could from Mr. Choudhari’s expertise and experience.

What do our MLAs do? (December 19)

Students of the Department learned about the intricate procedures of making laws and also the role of the media in reporting parliamentary proceedings.
They were briefed on these important subjects by senior officials during a session organized for the Department of Mass Communication by the V.S.Page Paliamentary Centre of the Maharashtra Legislature Secretariat at Vidhan Bhavan, Nagpur, during the winter session here.
Mr. Rajendra Bhagwat, Secretary, Maharashtra Legislature Secretariat, explained in detail the process of enacting laws. He took the students step-by-step through the complicated legal, administrative and legislative procedures whereby a new law or an amendment is proposed and enacted. Referring to various interesting cases and examples, Mr. Bhagwat impressed upon the students the need to develop logical and rational thinking in these matters.

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Students in front of the Assembly Hall and (right) with officials of the V.S.Page Paliamentary Centre

In the second part of the session, former journalist Mr. NileshMadane, Director, V.S.Page Paliamentary Centre, threw light on how news coverage of the legislature is different from that of other institutions. “The major difference is that the legislature is a privileged institution and, like the courts, there are certain reasonable restrictions and limitations on what can be reported and how. The journalists have a greater responsibility because any errors here can have far-reaching effects, he stressed.
Mr. Rajendra Sankhe, OSD, V.S.Page Paliamentary Centre, welcomed the students and made the introductory remarks. Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, Head, Department of Mass Communication, RTM Nagpur University, thanked the speakers and the organisers of the visit programme.
Earlier, the students had the chance to sit in the galleries of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council to witness the proceedings of both the houses.

In Tune with Nature (December 22)

Hectic city life robs one of the closeness with Nature. Even though Nagpur is one of the greenest cities in the country, the concrete jungle is expanding by the day and the residents, caught up in routines, rarely get a chance to have natural surroundings.
Fortunately, close to the city is the Gorewada Nature Park with a trekking trail that runs along the periphery of the scenic lake that is one of the sources of water to Nagpur. The trail winds its way through the lush forest replete with birds and animals. Students of the department took in the early morning serenity, walking nearly seven kilometers and interacting with Nature.
Those interested in photography had a field day, literally. Others just marveled at the variety of aquatic and forest birds and the different species of flowering and non-flowering trees and shrubs. The walk was arranged by HoD, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

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Students on the Gorewada Nature Trail with HoD, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque

Interaction with Bhaskar City Editor (Jan 22)

An interactive session with Mr. Sunil Hazari, City Editor of Dainik Bhaskar, proved to be informative and inspiring for the students.

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Mr. Sunil Hazari, City Editor, Dainik Bhaskar, addressing the students, as Head of the Department, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, looks on.

He said the basic quality of a journalist is to question everything he or she sees or hears. From his own experience, Mr. Hazari stressed that journalism can be very thrilling and satisfying as a profession, provided one is passionate about his or her work.
He emphasized that when it comes to newspaper content, there is no substitute for “hard” news. In a free flowing conversation during his visit to the Department, he answered several questions from the students and guided them about their future.
Earlier, Head of the Department, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, welcomed the guest speaker. Dr. Bhimrao Meshram proposed a vote of thanks.

Digital Marketing Workshop (Jan 28-Feb 4)

Social Media and online engagement have become a necessary skill for media personnel now. To this end, a Digital Marketing Workshop was conducted at the Department as part of the Golden Jubilee events.

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Mr. Lalit Limbachiya training students in the use of Digital Marketing tools.

The training sessions were conducted by Mr. Lalit Limbachiya, CEO of Segen Corporation, a leading digital marketing agency with local, national and multi-national clients. The role of social media in brand-building, social media strategy, understand the target audience, creating messages for social channels, measuring performance and social listening were some of the topics covered.
Basic graphic designing was also taught to the students. Beyond social media, blogging and content creation and other online tools were explored through hands-on learning at the department’s media centre. At the end of the workshop, most of the students had set up their own social media pages to market their special skills and, in some cases, even products.

An amazing experience at Lokmat printing unit (February 12)

The heady smell of ink and newsprint was thick in the air as students gazed in amazement how the mountain of a modern machine - the offset printing press - churns out thousands of newspaper copies in the wink of a eye.
The occasion was a visit to the printing plant of Lokmat Media Pvt. Ltd., in the Butibori MIDC Estate some 25 km from Nagpur.

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Students pose with the ‘Statue of Freedom of Press’ at the Lokmat printing unit in Butibori.

Running one of the most successful Marathi language newspapers, Lokmat, along with Lokmat Samachar in Hindi and Lokmat Times in English, the group has not only acquired the latest printing technology but also adopted modern management methods.
Heading the production operations is Mr. Shailesh Akre, a graduate in printing technology from J.J.School of Arts, Mumbai. Before they could go down to the shop floor, Mr. Akre briefed the students on some technical aspects such as colour management, evolution of printing technology and the day-to-day challenges of keeping the operations going without any disruption.
The students then got a chance to see the actual printing, cutting and folding operations in progress. In the godowns they got to see massive stacks of paper rolls that are imported from Russia, Canada, USA and Australia.
To the left of the main building they saw a field of solar panels through which power is generated to make the operations cost effective as well as contribute to environment conservation. They also visited a printing museum that is being established on the plant’s premises. Old printing machines, including the hot letter ‘Linotype’ and old reprographic equipment has been housed in the museum. Students were fascinated to see for themselves how technological innovations have transformed the print media industry.

A visit to The Hitavada to see how it’s all put together (Feb 11)

Students were thrilled to visit the office of English daily, The Hitavada, now a 109 years old, and learn on the field how a media organization functions.
They interacted with senior staff members from the Marketing, Circulation and Editorial departments who spoke through their years of practical experience about the finer aspects of managing a newspaper’s operations.

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Mr Roland Michael (left) and Mrs Humaira Meryam Husain (right) interacting with students.

Mr. Roland Michael from the Marketing Department, who looks after the newspaper’s events management, gave the students an overview of space selling operations. He explained the different types of advertisements, the process of generating advertising revenue, the various client segments and reader demographics. He also briefed them about the importance and working of agencies such as the Audit Bureau of Circulation, the Indian Readership Survey, the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity and the state Directorates of Information and Public Relations.

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Students during a visit to The Hitavada office, with HoD, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque

Senior journalist and head of the newspaper’s Chhattisgarh desk, Mrs Humaira Meryam Husain, explained the process of news gathering and presentation. She told the students about the different desks and beats in a newspaper and also about allocation of responsibilities and duties. She also informed them about the different editorial deadlines for different editions.
The vital distribution network through which the newspaper reaches its customers was explained by Mr. Ambika Prasad Choube, from the circulation department. He spoke about the chain and channels starting from the printing press to the doorstep of the consumer. Students got information about the distribution structure consisting of the sole agent, sub-agents and hawkers. Mr. Choube also explained how copies are sent to other centres through the Vidarbha Daily Newspapers Association (VDNA).
Later, the students got to see some priceless historic issues of the newspaper and also a vintage printing press and cutting machine.

Golden Jubilee Seminar on Career Opportunities (Feb 22)

The Department of Mass Communication, Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University celebrated its Golden Jubilee Year during the 2019-20 session. The celebrations culminated in a day-long seminar on New Career Opportunities in Mass Communication. Senior journalist and writer, Mr. P. Sainath was the Chief Guest on the occasion and the event was presided by Honorable Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vinayak Deshpande.
Head of the Department, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, said the seminar’s theme was picked keeping in mind the changing realities in the field of Mass Communication. In his keynote address, Mr. P. Sainath spoke on the need for students to understand the changing face of journalism. He stressed on the need for journalist students to equip themselves in at least three fields to remain relevant to the industry.

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Senior journalist, Mr. P.Sainath, felicitating a student after inaugurating the Golden Jubilee Seminar on Career Opportunities, as (from left) Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, Hod, and Dr. Vinanayak Deshpande, Pro-VC, look on. Right: A section of the elite alumni audience comprising senior editors and eminent citizens.

While journalists need to take care of their duties, he advised that they should look for avenues that allow them to explore their call. ‘Sell your label, don’t sell your soul,” he summed it up. While talking about the rich journalistic tradition that the country has, started by stalwarts like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, B. G. Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi – he spoke on the organic connect that these stalwarts were able to make with the uneducated masses.
Moral authority is what Mr. P. Sainath felt defined the relationship of these great men even though the reach of their newspapers was not large. His address interspersed with some survival tips to newcomers made old timers burst with laughter. The one that drew the most laughs was when he advised the next gen to always attribute their best ideas to their editor.
Honorable Pro Vice Chancellor in his presidential address, stressed that while there are dwindling jobs in almost every sector, corporates and even the education sector is facing a talent crunch and a skills gap. He felt that making courses that prepare students to be future-ready is the need of the entire education sector.
The programme of the inaugural session was conducted by faculty member, Ms. Snigdha Khatawkar. The guests were welcomed by Rutuja Shende, Megha Rokde and Diksha Chichghare. Gaurav Lakhe introduced the chief guest and Amar Aney proposed a vote of thanks.
In the post-lunch session, presentations were made by the resource persons, after a brief introduction to the theme by HoD Dr Moiz Mannan Haque. Senior journalist and development writer, Mr. Jaideep Hardikar, spoke on “Opportunities in Development Communication” where he explained how serious writing on welfare and development can be done by Mass Communication graduates for not just the mass media but also for various government, non-government and international agencies, apart from CSR initiatives of public sector and corporate organizations.

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During the technical session and panel discussion (from left), RJ Mr. Milind Patil, Mr. Anurag Kulkarni, Mr. Bhalchandra Chorghade, Mr. Chandramohan Puppala and Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.

Speaking on “Opportunities in Audio-Visual Communication”, Mr. Anurag Kulkarni, CEO, S A Digital Films Pvt. Ltd., gave valuable inputs on how students can used their creativity and knowledge of communication to use the Digital Space for different types of audio-visual communication and make a career out of it.
The new reality in journalism is that the regular “10 to 5” fixed salary jobs are giving way to loose arrangements between the media and content producers. Independent journalist and media consultant, Mr. Chandramohan Puppala, spoke about how the students can prepare for careers in “independent Journalism” and provide “high quality content that sells” to the mainstream and new media.
FM Radio has opened up many new avenues for those with communication skills, said Mr. Milind Patil, National Creative Head, Radio Orange 91.9. Famous as “RJ Milind”, the experienced radio professional explained the opportunities for Mass Communication students in front of and behind the microphone that have opened up with the resurgence in the popularity of radio.
Mr. Bhalchandra Chorghade, Manager, Corporate Communications, GVK Navi Mumbai International Airport Corporation Pvt. Ltd., gave a presentation on “Career Options in Corporate Communications”. He said the economic policies factoring in liberalization, privatization and globalization, a host of new career and job opportunities as corporate communication executives, professionals and consultants have opened up.
The presentations were followed by a question-answer session in which the resource persons freely interacted with the students and provided additional information to specific queries. The guests were introduced by Shweta Kamdi, Priyanka Dewase, Priyanka Mehra, Aishwarya Meshram and Disha Kareshiya. Girish Kubde proposed a vote of thanks. Past and present students of Mass Communication, teachers of the department and guests attended the seminar.

More than 300 ex-students revive memories at Alumni Meet (Dec 23)

For more than 300 past students, from 1970 to 2019, old memories came flooding back and past friendships were revived at a grand Alumni Meet – Sampark-2020, organised by the Department of Mass Communication, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University on Sunday. The event was part of the department’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

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In an informal atmosphere there was a nostalgic exchange of past experiences and remembrances of the past students, most of whom occupy top positions in the media and a host of other professions.
The present batch of students set things rolling with a dance medley that showcased songs and dancing styles from the 60s to the latest numbers. The dance was presented by Rutuja Shende, Divya Chaube, Disha Kareshiya, Priyanka Mehra, Madhuri Kurjekar, Priyanka Dewase, Aishwarya Meshram and Shweta Kamdi.
A short introductory video of the department’s flagship project, Dekh Bhai Fake, a campaign against fake news, was screened to generous applause from the audience. Student Kanchan Kuradkar presented a rap song which she has penned on the dangers of fake news. She was accompanied by Pramay Lokhande.
The past students were then taken on a journey into the past through a video produced by Sujit Randive, Girish Kubde, Vinay Nimgade, Vaishisht Mandavgade, Ameya Taksande, Tushar Dharkar, Amol Borkar, Disha Kareshiya, Megha Rokde, Madhuri Kurjekar and Aishwarya Meshram, under the guidance of Abhijeet Sahu. The direction, script and narration came from the head of the Department, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque.
A Golden Jubilee Special issues of the student journal “Campus” was released at the hands of the department’s support staff, Manohar Shendre, Anil Karalkar, Anand Kumar Patil, Prakash Timande, Vilas Bansod, Ritesh Shinde and Pushpa Pardhi. Faculty member Snigdha Khatawkar coordinated the publication of the journal.

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Senior editors Dharmendra Jore (Mid Day), Mahesh Updeo (Saamna), Vinod Deshmukh (ex-editor Tarun Bharat)Shailesh Pande (Sakal), Shripad Aparajit (Maharashtra Times), Baban Walke (Tarun Bharat), Jayant Barve (All India Radio), B.M.Kausal, ex-Director I&PR, Govt. of Mah., and other past students of the department look on as non-teaching staff (right) release the Golden Jubilee Special issue of the student journal ‘Campus’.

This was followed by a fun game in which the alumni were asked to pick a chit and narrate their memories of the department. A special attraction was a souvenir for all in the form of instant photographs, framed and emblazoned with the golden jubilee logo to keep as a memoir of the historic event. Past students Kunal Raut, Ajit Singh, Rakesh and Shweta Sathawane, Rahut Bhagat, Naresh Meshram and others helped in making the arrangements.

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Ex-student, Mr. Vijay Satokat, former senior editor, PTI, New Delhi, and Regional Director of IIMC, Amravati, shares his memories of the Department. Among the audience are ex-HoD, Dr. K.G.Misar, Mr. S.P.Singh, Mr. Ravindra Mishra, Mr. Mahendra Sahu and others.

Facts of Vidarbha’s Development (February 25, 2020)

In keeping with the Department’s practice of organizing interactions with experts from different fields, a session on Vidarbha’s Development was conducted by noted economist and expert member of the Vidarbha Development Board, Mr. Kapil Chandrayan.
Mr. Kartik Lokhande, Chief Reporter, The Hitavada, was a special invitee and Head of the Department, Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque, presided over the lecture.

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Mr. Kapil Chandrayan addressing the students as Mr. Kartik Lokhande and Dr. Moiz Mannan Haque look on.

Speaking on “Planning for Vidarbha’s Development”, Mr. Chandrayan first explained in detail the concept of development. “The first thing to understand is that development means different things to different groups of people. Therefore, the important question to ask before undertaking any development activity is not “how”, but “why” and “for whom”, he said.
He presented statistics in an easy-to-understand manner on important development indices such as agriculture, infrastructure, health, education, urban development, irrigation and environment in the context of the past and present of Vidarbha region.
The lecture was followed by a lively question and answer session.

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