Communication and Journalism

The concept of media as an industry evoked the need of quality media /journalism education over the years. Though perceived as a relatively contemporary phenomenon, it was an out of box foresight that led to the introduction of media education at Gauhati University in 1967, almost five decades ago, marking the beginning of media education in India’s North East. Emerged under the charismatic leadership of Professor V Venkatrao and Professor Deba Prashad Baruah who played an pivotal role in setting up media education under the department of political science, the centre metamorphosed into a full-fledged department of the university offering post graduate diploma courses in communication and journalism later in the year 1983. A decade later in 1994, the Bachelor of Communication and Journalism was launched and it was in 2005 that post graduate programme started as per the UGC guideline.
Padmashri Anjan Kumar Banerjee was the first full time faculty of the department, who later shifted to Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Dr. Arobindo Mazumdar also headed the department from 1984 to 1999 and during his tenure the diploma in journalism course was kept functional alongside.
Many veteran journalists and media personalities of the region like Jnanpith awardee Dr Birendra Kumar Bhattacharyya, Satish Chandra Kakoti, Munin Chandra Borkataki, Radhika Mohan Bhagawati, Dr. Khiren Roy, Naren Chandra Rajkhowa, Haidor Hussain, Prashanta Jyoti Baruah and Pratap Bordoloi among others built and nourished the department during diverse phases of its evolution. Even today the department enjoys guidance and tutelage of 40 renowned media personals as guest faculties.
Having produced hosts of journalists, media persons, public relations practitioners, film makers, science communicators, media educators and public opinion leaders, the department continues to steer the media structure of the state  in particular and the country in general.
Among the public opinion leaders, former APCC President and MP (Rajya Sabha) Bhubaneswar Kalita (1967), former Chief Minister and MLA Prafulla Kumar Mahanta (1983-84), former MLA  Rekha Rani Das Boro (1983-84), Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly (ALA) Hitendranath Goswami, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal (1995-96), former Speaker of ALA and state BJP President Ranjeet Kumar Dass, AASU Advisor Dr. Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya (1995-96), former AASU President Amiya Kr Bhuyan are prominent alumni of the department.
 With master programme in mass communication under Choice based Credit System, master of philosophy and doctoral programme, many have also qualified NET for lectureship and junior research fellowships and are sowing seeds of media education across the country
Close to 30 organisations including media houses and many international and intergovernmental organisations, such as UNICEF, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), International Committee of the Red Cross, Poynter News University of Florida, US Consulate etc. have collaborated with the department from time to time. At the National and regional level, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, National Council for Science and Technology Communication, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Consumer Affairs of Government of India, Assam Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Airport Authority of India have also worked with the department.
The students of the department produce GU Times, a periodical publication of the department, with the 50th volume of the journal being published recently.
A dream that was sown in the fertile grounds of activism and social evolution by Prof. V Venkatarao, has developed into a vibrant tree spreading its branches across in last 50 years, surviving and shaping the media of India’s  North East today.

1. Post Graduate Programmes:
a) Name of the Programme: Master of Arts in Mass Communication (MAMC)
A masters programme in media studies is designed to enable enhancement of Media literacy as well as produce media experts and specialists. The masters students will be trained hands on media production as well as be catalyst of social change through media expertise in the region as well as impact globally.
b) Duration of the Programme: 4-Semesters, 2-Years
c) Intake Capacity: 36 (Thirty six)
d) Admission Process:
i.    There will be a written examination consisting of objective and subjective questions. The total marks of the writen examination will be 80 out of which 50 marks will be carried by the objective (MCQ) with a negative marking of 0.25 per question, wrongly answered. The remaining 30 marks shall be for descriptive questions.
The syllabus for the written examination comprises:
    a.    General knowledge
    b.    Current affairs
    c.    English language
    d.    General Aptitude of Reasoning
ii.    The medium of the examination shall be in English. For one or two questions in descriptive paper, the candidates can attempt in English/Assamese/Hindi/Bengali/Bodo
iii.    The remaining 20 marks from 100 will comprise
    a.    Viva:10 marks
    b.    Group discussion:5 marks
    c.    Portfolio:5 marks
The students who appeared in the written examination of 80 marks (50 marks objective and 30 marks descriptive) need to appear the Viva/Personal Interview and GD mandatorily for the rest 20 marks of the Entrance test.
e) Programme Structure:
The masters programme comprises four semesters of 24 credits each divided among five courses inclusive of one practical. 
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(Dept. offers only two specialisations from the following for an academic year based on the students’ preference)
1. Online Journalism (OJ)
2. Broadcast Journalism (BJ)
3. Advertising and Public Relations (AdPR)
4. Community Communications (CC)
5. Film Studies (FS)

2. Research Programmes:
a) M.Phil in Mass Communication: The primary objective of this programme is to enable the media research students to inculcate scientific temperament, develop an understanding of relative media theories as well as adapt themselves to the dynamic scenario of media including media technologies.
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Duration: 1-Year
Intake Capacity: 2 (Two)

b) PhD in Mass Communication
: There is a huge vacuum in the field of media research in the country and the Phd course is designed to proliferate into the intricacies of media studies as well as provide a comprehensive analytical aspect on media functioning that will add depth of media education in the region.
Duration: Minimum of 3 Years, Maximum of 5 Years
Intake Capacity: As per Availability of Seats

Placement of the fourth Semester Students- Academic Session 2017-19

1.       Monalisa Goswami             Gandhi Fellowship

2.       Nilakshi Goswami              Gandhi Fellowship/ The Sentinel

3.       Priyanka Das                       Gandhi Fellowship

4.       Farhin Ahmed                      Gandhi Fellowship

5.       Subrat Dutta                         ETV, Hyderabad

6.       Riju Roy                                ETV, Hyderabad

7.       Angshuman Hazarika        ETV, Hyderabad

8.       Sonmani Ray                       ETV, Hyderabad

9.       Tinamoni Konwar               NE Mirror

10.   Lenio S Krichena                 Northeast Live

11.   Manab Jyoti Patar                 Edu-aid

12.   Sangita Goswami                Edu-aid

13.   Jhunakangkan Bhuyan       Cultural Officer, Koliabor College

14.   Rokibuz Hussain                 Stringer, The Telegraph

SS   Sentikala Longkumer.         The Sentinel (Web desk)

        Jupitora Momin                   DY 365 (Web Desk)

        Pranjit Bora                          Aranyak NGO (PRO)



Placement of the fourth Semester Students- Academic Session 2016-18




Derajuddin Ahmed

ETV Bharat


Aparajita Mahanta

ETV Bharat


Pinki Thakuria

ETV Bharat


Ankuman Boruah

ETV Bharat


Jatin Lahan

ETV Bharat


Raja Das

The Telegraph


Arunav Baruah



Rupam Medhi BLive- Satellite Channel Guwahati

Gunajit Baishya                                                ETV Bharat                                                      Hyderabad

Abdul Momin                                                     ETV Bharat                                                      Hyderabad

Runjun Devi                                                      ETV Bharat                                                      Hyderabad

International Student





KGLANS Jayawardhana

Eastern University, Sri Lanka

Trincomalee Campus

On job FDP (MA)


International/ Intergovernmental Organisations

  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
  • Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Poynter News University of Florida
  • US Consulate, Kolkata

National Organisations

  • North Eastern Council, Ministry of DoNER, Govt. of India
  • Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi
  • National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt of India
  • Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt of India
  • Ministry of Consumer Affairs of Government of India
  • Vigyan Prasar, Noida
  • Assam Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Govt. of Assam
  • Airport Authority of India
  • Sahitya Academy
  • National Film Development Corporation, Govt. of India
  • National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Govt. of India Undertaking
  • Assam Police, Govt. of Assam
  • Assam Science and Technology University, Guwahati
  • Department of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Assam
  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication
  • Mizoram University
  • Rajasthan University
  • Dr. Anamika Ray Memorial Trust


  • The department collaborated with about 20 media houses based in Guwahati and beyond.


Upcoming Event:

National Colloquium on Using Media Technology For Promotion Of Scientific Issues on the 27th of September 2019 at PD Hall, Gauhati University

Past Events:

Quantitative Communication Research Workshop from 19 to 21 December, 2018 by Dr. Jatin Srivastava, Ohio University, USA

JONAKI- Students' Film Festival

3rd All India Media Educators' Conference, Jaipur from July 6-8, 2018

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Prof. KV Nagaraj

Retired Professor and Former Pro-VC, Assam University


Prof. Mrinal Chatterjee

Professor and Head, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal


Mr. Raman Bora

Former Consulting Editor The Sentinel


Mr. Mrinal Talukder

Consulting Editor, Pratidin Time, Assam


Mr. Sushanta Talukder

Editor, NE ZINE


Mr. Ratul Mahanta

Associate Professor, Economics, GU


Dr. Badan Barman

Asst. Professor, Library and Information Science, GU


Mr. Bidyasagar Baruah

Senior Photographer, DIPR, Govt. of Assam


Dr. Mousumi Bhattacharjee

Presently guest faculty


Mr. Nasiruddin Ahmed

Presently guest faculty


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Dr. Chandan Kr. Goswami
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Dr. Bharati Bharali
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Ms. Anupa Lahkar Goswami
Assistant Professor
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