Journalism and Mass Communication

Department of Journalism and Mass Communication1 Department of Journalism and Mass Communication2

Profile

Mass Communication education in India has gained impetus in recent times due to the ever increasing demand of skilled professionals in the field as well as in the academic sphere. Keeping an eye to the requirement of such proficient persons in this part of the country, Dibrugarh University established the Centre for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication in July 2008. Since its inception, it has remained successful to establish itself as a premier centre for studies in Journalism and Mass Communication in Upper Assam. Quality training and media education at post graduate level have been provided by the centre throughout the last six years. In this process equal emphasis is put on both theoretical aspects and practical training. The centre is well equipped with good quality infrastructure enabling the students to practice in both print and electronic media productions.

Courses offered:

M.A. in Mass Communication(Four Semesters)

PGDJMC(Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication) (Two Semesters)

Selection Procedure:

M.A. in Mass Communication 1st Semester:

i) Percentage of marks in TDC (B.A. /B.Sc. /B. Com. / other equivalent degree from a UGC recognized university) = 45% (5% relaxable for SC/ST candidates)

ii) An Entrance Test is conducted to prepare a merit list

Lateral Entry in 3rd Semester in M.A. in Mass Communication:

The candidate should be a post graduate diploma holder in Journalism and Mass Communication from Dibrugarh University (PGDJMC) or any other university having 45% (5% relaxable for SC/ST candidates) marks in the same.

PGDJMC 1st Semester:

i) Percentage of marks in TDC (B.A. /B.Sc. /B. Com. / other equivalent degree from a UGC recognized university) = 45% (5% relaxable for SC/ST candidates)

ii) An Entrance Test is conducted to prepare a merit list

The Centre for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication in the beginning offered only the Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication (PGDJMC) in regular mode. Later, as per recommendation of the Second Meeting of the Board of Management (BOM) held in March, 2010, the two years full time M.A. in Mass Communication (four semesters) course was introduced w.e.f. the session 2010-11. The provision has been kept to provide ‘lateral entry’ to the third semester for the PGDJMC diploma holders either in the regular or distance mode from Dibrugarh University or any other recognized institute or university with a minimum 45% of marks in the PG diploma course (5% relaxable for SC/ST candidates). There is also a provision to enable students to secure PG Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication after successful completion of the Second Semester in the Centre. In that case, evaluation is done on the basis of the marks secured by the student in the first and second semester examinations.

Intake Capacity:

M.A. in Mass Communication + PGDJMC= 50

Departmental Activities:

As part of its practical exercises, a monthly newsletter titled DU Newsletter is published covering various news and events in and around the university campus. Students are also assigned to produce radio programmes and documentary films as part of their curriculum. Internship facilities are arranged for the students of the centre in different reputed media organizations in order to provide them with the necessary exposure to various media practices. Award winning films and documentaries are screened for the students every week. Guest speakers and faculties are invited to interact with students from reputed media organizations and the universities across the country. Workshops and seminars on media are organized from time to time in the centre.

Placement:

The centre has a good placement record. The passed out students are in service in different public and private sector organizations, media houses, colleges and educational institutions. Some of the recent recruiters are The Assam Tribune, The Sentinel, The Telegraph, All India Radio, Dibrugarh, News Time, Assam, DY 365 and Amar Asom. The centre works in coordination with the Placement Cell of Dibrugarh University.