MA (Visva Bharati) PhD (Netaji Shubhas Open Univ) MPhil (Gauhati)
Community Radio, Participatory Video, Public Relations, Conflict & Media, Broadcast Journalism, Communication Research, Educational Media and ICT, Skill Development
Department of Communication and Journalism
Gauhati University, Guwahati, 781014
Dr Dutta’s academic career took off in the year 2004 as the founder of Media and Communication Study Centre at Cotton College, Guwahati (presently the Department of Mass Communication, Cotton University) and also held the position of Lecturer at the present department of Gauhati University in 2006. In the year 2007, he shifted to KKH State Open University (KKHSOU), Guwahati and rendered positions of Academic Consultant, Assistant Professor, Deputy Director (Multimedia) and Associate Professor & in-charge of Bhupen Hazarika School of Mass Communication. He founded the first community radio service of north east India ‘Jnan Taranga’ and the first web radio of the region ‘e-Jnan Taranga’ as the Station Manager. He worked on educational programme production in the radio for 5 years and is credited to have produced more than 800 audio and 250 audio visual educational programmes. Academically he was inducted in a short term research at York University, Toronto, Canada as a fellow of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute which formed the base of his understanding of global media. His career took flight and he received global exposure as a Programme Officer at Commonwealth of Learning; an inter-governmental organisation under UN privileges from 2013 to 2015 to look after Livelihoods and Skills of Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi.
As part of his profile he had traveled the South Asian Countries extensively and promoted educational policies in these regions to a large extent. He participated in various national and international conferences in different parts of the world. Apart from global exposure he has been involved in promoting media issues in regional language and he has authored, translated and edited volumes of literature associated with media in English, Assamese and Bengali language. Adding feather to his cap, Dr Dutta also wrote and edited around 50 self-learning study materials for seven universities of India and abroad, published a number of research papers and articles in reputed journals. He has contributed around 350 articles in different newspapers, periodicals and participated in around hundred programmes of radio and television. Communication is very diligently used by Dr Dutta to inculcate scientific temperament among the marginalised communities in South Asia. He has empowered communities through technical hands-on intervention of Community Radio among information poor communities. Veering into domains of science, risk and health communication through innumerable programmes using models like CLP, SBCC Dr Dutta continues to work in the development sector. He has authored, edited and translated books, research-papers and articles on the domain and organised local, national and international events to make science easy to decipher for all and dispel miscommunication.
He has his blog titled community communications at http://www.comcomm.org/ and he manages a facebook page on the same name at https://www.facebook.com/communitycomms/. His model C3 (Community Communication Centre), Dolphin (Characteristics of community media), OMR (Open Media Resources) are discussed in different platforms. He also rendered his service as founder Vice President of Community Radio Association of India and is currently the Managing Trustee (honorary) of the Dr. Anamika Ray Memorial Trust which is an educational and research organisation that works for media research and health rights in the nation as well as is a mouthpiece for medical negligence in the country.
Currently Dr Dutta is associated with four international projects with University of California Los Angeles, US Department of State, University of Melbourne and UNICEF.
Publications (on COVID-19 Awareness):
a) COVID Katha- A Multimedia Guide for Mass Awareness, published by NCSTC, DST, Govt. of India and ARMT and formally released by Hon’ble Union Minister of Health, Sc & Tech Dr Harsh Vardhan on May 03, 2020; ISBN- 978-81-933588-8-7
b) Breaking the Fake Toons: Check The Fake on COVID-19, published ARMT South Asia, May, 2020- ISBN- 978-81-946093-0-8
c) Motivation: Making the best of COVID Crisis (Equipping and assisting the students of Higher Education), published by ARMT on September 05, 2020; ISBN: 978-81-946093-1-5
d) Beyond COVID- New Normal for Urban Population, published by Dr Anamika Ray Memorial Trust, National Health Mission and UNICEF, December, 2020. ISBN: 9788193358887
e) Hepahor Silakhon (Assamese), published by Dr Anamika Ray Memorial Trust, Samagra Siksha Abhiyan and UNICEF, January, 2021. ISBN: 9788194609353
f) Kiting High: New Normal for Children, published by Dr Anamika Ray Memorial Trust, Samagra Siksha Abhiyan and UNICEF, January, 2021. ISBN: 9788194609360
g) COVIDEXTERS: Best Practices During COVID-19, published by Dr Anamika Ray Memorial Trust and UNICEF, January, 2021. ISBN: 9788194609377
a) Innovations in Community Radio- A book published by Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi (2015). ISBN: 978-81-88770-28-1
b) Science Communication in Assam – (jointly authored with Dr. Anamika Ray) A book on different aspects of science communication and journalism of Assam in English (2011), published by DVS Publisher, Guwahati (ISBN 978-81-86307-48-9).
c) Conflict and Communication- published by Lap Lambert in English (2011), Germany (ISBN 978-3-639-34583-4)
Ganamadhyam aru Samprasar Sangbadikata – A book on Broadcast Journalism in Assamese (2010) published by the Publication Board of Assam, Govt. of Assam. ISBN-978-93-5156-879-7
d) Bigyapan – (jointly authored with Dr. Anamika Ray) A book on Advertising in Assamese (2011) published by Bina Library. ISBN: 978-93-5156-878-0
e) Janasamparka – (jointly authored with Dr. Anamika Ray) A book on Public Relations in Assamese (First Edition: 2008, Second Edition: 2017) published by Bina Library.ISBN: 978-93-5156-877-3
f) Santiniketanr Chithi, a collection of published columns in Assamese and published by Bina Library, Guwahati in May 2007.
g) Tumi Kon Kananar Phool , a work on Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s Love songs in Assamese; published by Banalata, Guwahati in December 2006.
a) Edited (jointly with Prof. Mohammad Sahid Ullah) Invisible Waves Visible Changes: Community Radio Movement in Bangladesh (2019), published by ARMT South Asia Publications (ISBN- 978-81-933588-5-6) and released at Deakin University, Melbourne on 6th June, 2019
b) Edited (jointly with Prof. K V Nagaraj) Reinventing Nationalism, Secularism and Plurality: Media Discourse & Deconstruction (2019), published by ARMT South Asia Publications (ISBN- 978-81-933588-4-9)
c) Edited (jointly with Dr. Bharati Bharali & Dr. Anupa Lahkar Goswami) Decoding Communication for Development in India's North East- a book compilation of research papers on communication for development and published jointly by DCJ, GU, UNICEF and ARMT South Asia Publications (ISBN- 978-81-933588-3-2) 2017
d) Edited (jointly with Dr. M K Patairiya) Science Meets Communication – a compilation of research papers on science communication in English (2011), published by KKHSOU & NCSTC, Govt. of India (ISBN- 81-7272-022-X).
e) Edited Mahurat- A volume on Film published by MCSC, EDC, Cotton College on Feb. 11, 2007.
f) Edited (Jointly Abhijit Barthakura, Dr Suresh K Nath) ‘Images’ – Stills from one hundred glorious years of Cotton College, released by Late Krishan Kant the then Vice-President of India on 26 May, 2002.
g) Editorial Board member of the book "Best Practices of Community Radio and Sustainable Development Goals: A Handbook" published by UNESCO and CEMCA, ISBN- 978-81-88770-40-3 in 2021
a) Translated (jointly with Dr. Anamika Ray) a book on Science Journalism by Dr. Manoj Patairiya into Assamese and Bengali and published by Byatikram, Guwahati
b) Translated three books on Mass Communication, Freelance Journalism and on Youth motivation by Prof. Partha Chatterjee into Assamese and published by Bina Library, Guwahati.
a) K K Handiqui State Open University, Guwahati- Total 58 Courses/papers (Authored & edited)
b) Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi- 3 Units
c) e-PG Pathshala of MHRD, GoI-1 Unit
d) Wawasan Open University, Malaysia-1 Module
e) Gauhati University (IDOL)- 5 Papers (Authored and edited)
f) Dibrugarh University (DDE)- 2 papers (and edited 2 papers)
g) Tezpur University (CODL)- 10 Units (and edited 2 modules)
h) Rajasthan University –1 Module
i) Panjabi University, Patiala- 2 Units
j) Wiki Educator-1 Module
k) CEMCA course on Certificate in Community Radio Technology- CCRT (produced 30 Units, 22 Videos), which was adopted by Gauhati University, Tamil Nadu Open University, Uttarakhand Open University
Published Research Papers/ Articles
-Editor of South Asian Journal of Communication Studies (published from Colombo by SDJF and ARMT)
-Associate Editor of The Communication Today (published from Jaipur, India for last 23 years)
-Reviewer of 4 International journals.
PhD Awards (under my guidance)
Dr. Trisha D Baruah (Assistant Professor at KKHSOU) has been awarded the PhD degree by K K Handiqui State Open University, Guwahati on her thesis entitled “A study on the Effectiveness of Communication Tools in Learners’ Support Services under Open and Distance Learning : An Empirical Investigation in Assam” in August, 2013.
Dr. Juri Hazarika (Assistant Professor at KKHSOU) has been awarded the PhD degree by K K Handiqui State Open University, Guwahati on her thesis entitled “Use of New Media Technologies in Distance Education: A Factor Analysis of Usage and Impact” in August, 2016.
Mr. Raja Das has been awarded the degree of MPhil in Mass Communication for his dissertation titled ' Perception of Pornography: The Making of Homo Digitalis in Digital India in 2021
Ms. Shabnam Shahin has been awarded degree of MPhil in Mass Communication for her dissertation titled “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Bhabendranath Saikia’s Experiments with Female Protagonist” by Gauhati University in 2019.
Ms. Priyanka Rajkhowa has been awarded degree of MPhil in Mass Communication for her dissertation titled “Cringe Pop Popularity in Social Media: A closer Look on Popular Artist of Assam” by Gauhati University in 2019.
Ms. Hoimawati Talukdar (PhD-2018)
Mr. Manash Pratim Dutta (MPhil-2019)
Ms. Jeniffer Saheen Hussain (MPhil-2019)
Mr. Debarshi Brahma (PhD- 2020)
Mr. Ankur Protim Dutta (PhD- 2020)
- Visual History Project funded by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA (Serving as Co-Principal Investigator with Principal Investigator Prof. Aparna Sharma of UCLA)
- The Room Where it Happens Project funded by Alumni Ties, US Department State,
- Indian Media Practice of Election Climate and Trend (IMPECT), https://www.commonlinks.org/ Funded by Dr. Anamika Ray Memorial Trust under the principal investigatorship of Dr. Ankuran Dutta and Dr. Jatin Srivastava, Ohio University, USA in 2019-20.
- Risk Communication & Community Engagement to promote CAB among children, women & urban population Project supported by UNICEF (2020-21)
- Social and Behaviour Change Communication for Adolescents' Empowerment in Assam and North East supported by UNICEF (2018-19)
- Social and Behaviour Change Communication for Adolescents' Empowerment in Assam and North East supported by UNICEF (2017-18)
-Social and Behaviour Change Communication for Adolescents' Empowerment in Assam supported by UNICEF (2016-17)
-Media Network for Ethical Reporting on Children and Adolescents Project supported by UNICEF (2016)
- Capacity Building and Production of Community Learning Programme (CLP) through Community Radios in India Project supported by Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) in 2015-16
- Journalists at Emergency Project supported by ICRC, New Delhi (2016-17)
- Digital media training for journalists Project with Poynter News University, Florida supported by American Centre, Kolkata in 2017
Live Educational counselling at All India Radio: 54
Career Live Programme at All India Radio: 04
Radio Talks at All India Radio: 05
Radio discussions and interview at All India Radio: 05
Radio Drama at All India Radio: 01
Radio Documentary at Prasar Bharati : 05
Radio Programmes for Community Radio: More than 200
Radio Programmes in Educational Radio: 03 (in India & Canada)
Television Programmes: 45
Production of Radio Educational Prog. –Ekalavya for AIR: 240
Production of Educational Audio Programmes (Others): 404
Production of Audio Visual Educational Programmes: 138
Production of Documentary Films: 10
Direction of Documentary Films: 04
Production of Audio lessons for Visually challenged students: 136
Direction of Television advertisements: 11
Direction of Puppetry shows: 04 (ARMT & UNICEF)
Association with Policy Framing
Blog: Community Communications