Communication and Journalism

It was a rare foresight and ability to think ahead of the times that the Department of Communication & Journalism of Gauhati University was five decades back in 1967.

Being one of the first ten university departments of journalism studies in the country it was opened as a part of the Political Science Department under the able leadership of Professor K Venkatarao, who was instrumental in setting it up.The first teacher of the Dept was Prof A K Bannerjee.

For a long time, till 1983 the department was conducting part-time diploma courses in journalism still under the overall control of its parent department, i.e. Political Science.But in 1984 it was bifurcated to become a full-fledged department to offer postgraduate diploma course in Communication & Journalism.

The Department launched full-fledged two-year four-semester MA Mass Communication course from 2005 with the first batch of 20 students.The BCJ course is kept in abeyance for the time being.

Within the short span of time since the M.A. Mass Communication course was introduced, the students have been well-received by the industry. They have been getting absorbed in various private as well as government and semi-government concerns. Some of the organizations where the products of this department are absorbed are: Dibrugarh University, KKHSOU, IGNOU, OKDISCD, Cotton College, Diphu Govt. College, Bongaigaon College and other colleges of Assam in Mass Communication Department, SIRD, NRHM, SSA, CMS(Delhi), SACS, DO, AIR, Private Satellite Channels of Assam, FM channels of Assam, almost all print media houses of Assam, DIPR Assam etc. Besides, some of the students are working in other parts of the country in Audio Visual and print media. Our students are also working with various PR, Advt. and web content development organizations.

It is worth mentioning that several of our current students have been selected for casual/part-time jobs as programme anchors and announcers/programme producers, news readers etc. in the television and radio channels.

All students are associated with the Radio Luit 90.8 MHz, a community radio of Gauhati University since its inception in 2011.

The students of this Department are sent for internship and summer placements in reputed media and media-related organizations across the state as well as in other parts of the country.

Collaborations

  • 1. With Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samity (GSDS), New Delhi for spreading 'Media Literacy' on Gandhian principles.
  • 2. Organized colloquiums for media students and teachers at university and college level for the entire NE region for the past several years on International Humanitarian Laws and Conflict Reporting on behalf of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), India Delegation.
  • 3. With UNICEF for organizing sensitization workshops for media personnel and media students at state-level on children's rights and media role.

Courses Offered

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Department of Communication and Journalism
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Phone : +91-98645-37318
Email : communication@gauhati.ac.in
Web   : gauhati.ac.in/fine-arts/communication-and-journalism

Associate Professor

Ankuran Dutta Head of the Department
MA (Visva Bharati) PhD (Netaji Shubhas Open Univ) MPhil (Gauhati)
Community Media, Public Relations, Conflict & Media, Broadcast Journalism, Communication Research, Educational Media and ICT, Skill Development
adutta@gauhati.ac.in

Assistant Professor

Bharati Bharali
MA (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Film Studies (Eco Cinema)
Electronic Media, Development Communication, Science Communication
bharatibharali@gauhati.ac.in

Assistant Professor

Chandan Kumar Goswami
MA (MG Kashi Veedyapeeth) PhD (Gauhati)
Indian and World Press, Mass Media Research, Media Technology, Printing and Design, Film Studies, Folk Media
ckg@gauhati.ac.in