University of Jammu launches Department of Journalism and Media Studies

The Journalism course at the University of Jammu includes continuous interaction with journalists, workshops, exposure to technology, institutional visit

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Jammu: The University of Jammu on Saturday launched the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, which was inaugurated by Vice Chancellor Manoj Dhar who described it as the fulfillment of a long-awaited desire of the region. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dhar dedicated the department to the people of Jammu and explained his long-term academic and infrastructural vision for the department.

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VC was adamant that this department will not operate like any other existing department; every effort will be made to make it one of the best departments, if not the best. In this context, he explained how the field of journalism is constantly expanding and the role of technology in the field of media, both print and electronic. He pointed out that in addition to the regular classroom lectures, the course will also include the continuous interaction with the best journalists available in this country, regular workshops, exposure to the latest technological know-how, special lectures, practical work . business experiments, institutional visit.

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Unveiling his broader vision for the Department, Dhar spoke about the establishment of a Center for Media Studies which will include an oral history cell, a language lab and a community radio station. “All these components are also in the final stages of completion. These components, once functional, will become nodes where students can hone their necessary skills and hands-on experiences in handling the latest equipment,” Dhar said while congratulating Shyam Narayan Lal and Vinay. Thusoo for their exemplary work and commended their efforts to achieve the set goal of establishing the department. He concluded by saying that the Department will be an important feather on the university’s cap and that he hoped the passed out students would become “our brand ambassador” in the days to come.

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Shyam Narayanan Lal, Head of Journalism and Media Studies Department, dwelt in detail on the trajectories of how the department came to be. Dr. Vinay Thusoo, Coordinator of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, led the function’s proceedings and also gave a formal vote of thanks.

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