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Development Communication, Extension & Journalism

Development Communication, Extension & Journalism

About the Department

In the contemporary times, communication has the power to touch and transform lives of people by empowering them with information and knowledge. It is with this conviction that the Department was set up in 2004 and offers specialization in Development Communication and Extension to students of B.Sc. Home Science courses. The students are exposed to a variety of subjects ranging from Fundamentals of Human Communication, to Extension Management, Mass communication, Media Studies, Gender, Media and Society, Advertising and Public Relations and Development Communication and Journalism. The students receive training both in the theoretical as well as the practical aspects of Communication through modern ICTs as well as traditional media. The students ideate, script and produce communication materials such as radio programs, short films, documentaries, participatory videos, digital stories, photo features, power point presentations, newsletters and audio-visual shows. Along with this, print as well as traditional media such as educational floor and board games, grassroots comics, posters, info- graphics, advertisements, flip charts, flash cards, bulletin board, street play and puppetry are also designed and developed. The Department has a state-of- the-art audio studio for training students in radio production.
Besides media production, field visits, interaction with community members at the grass-root level, interface with the industry, seminars, workshops and lectures by experts, inter-college and intra-college competitions are an integral part the course. Every year the Department organizes annual academic event COMSCAPE focusing on various issues ranging from contemporary social, economic and technological concerns of society. Besides this, the department trains the students in fulfilling their social responsibilities by reaching out to the community through a community out-reach literacy, digital literacy and skill training program, Each One Enable One The Department organizes short–term certificate courses from time to time for the benefit of students such as in Radio Jockeying Campus to Corporate Photography The Art of Storytelling Traditional media and Use of Software for Print Media . The Department also facilitates internship opportunities for desirous students in NGOs, media houses, radio channels and Development organizations.
The faculty of the Department is highly experienced and is involved in research and outreach activities in addition to teaching. The faculty members have published several research papers in various national and international journals and have authored many books on communication and allied fields. Students are also registered for Ph.D. program under the guidance of expert faculty of the Department. The Department started offering BA(Hons) in Journalism since the academic year 2017-18.

Job Prospects

After passing out with the specialization, the students can either take up jobs directly or else undertake Master’s Program in a variety of fields such as Development Communication and Extension, Development studies, Mass Communication, Gender studies, Media Management, Media and Governance, Social work or Business Management. They can also undertake Diploma courses in Development Communication, Advertising and Public Relations, Media production, Corporate Communication, Broadcast or Print Journalism. Those interested in teaching at school level can also join the B.Ed. program.