Saturday, 19 August 2017

Sudhir Gavhane is Dean, Liberal Arts, Science, and Commerce faculty of Pune’s MIT-World Peace University

Prof Dr Sudhir Gavhane has recently taken over as Dean, Liberal Arts, Science, and Commerce faculty of the MIT-World Peace University (MWPU), a new private university established by an enactment of the Government of Maharashtra. in Pune.

The MWPU has been founded by the MIT Group of institutes under the leadership of Prof.Dr. Vishwanath Karad and its Executive President are Prof.Rahul Karad.
Prof. Gavane has retired in April 2017 as Professor and Head,  Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, in Maharashtra.

He has a rich experience of teaching spread over 34 years and has been recognized as a veteran communication researcher. He has shouldered the responsibility of Vice-Chancellorship of Y.C. Maharashtra Open University in the year 2009-10.

He is associated with more than 100 Higher Education institutions all over India and aboard. He is also Quality Assessor of HEIs and has visited more than 60 colleges and 20 universities as the Chairperson, Member Secretary and Member of Peer Team of NAAC, for quality assessment and accreditation since last 15 years.

Prof. Gavhan was instrumental in developing a World Class Digital Studio for the University Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Dr BAMU  university, with Apple Multimedia Lab, HD TV Studio and HD Radio Studio. He has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses and invited lectures at Universities, colleges and Academic Staff Colleges / Human Resource Development Centres all over India.

Prof. Gavhane is known as the acclaimed academician, exceptionally good academic leader, speaker, writer, journalist and innovator. He is passionate about teaching and experimenting.

The most noteworthy contribution of Prof. Gavhane is his eco-friendly vision and action of Converting 150 acres of Waste Land into a fruit-bearing Land by developing a Horticulture Project in the capacity of Chairperson of the Campus Development Committee of the BAMU, Aurangabad. This has erstwhile wasteland has become a green belt and Oxygen Hub of Aurangabad.

His BAMU department organized a UNICEF-supported Multidisciplinary International seminar on "UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Social Justice and Media", on 28th and 29th April 2017 It was followed by a  post-seminar International conference on "Media in South Asia and the Arab world: challenges", on 30th April 2017. This also marked a farewell given to him by the university academia, teachers, his students, journalists, and well-wishers.His email address:

Friday, 11 August 2017

Rajasthan Science Congress during 13th – 15th October

Following from Dr. Ruchi Singh Gaur:

The Amity University Rajasthan will be organizing 5th Rajasthan Science Congress during 13th – 15th October 2017.
The principle objective of Rajasthan Science Congress is to promote Science and Technology and to create innovation capacity among the masses and generate excellence for sustainable development in the state of Rajasthan. The themes to be covered are as follows:
  • Climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation
  • Sustainability for genetically engineering organisms
  • Recent advances in Information Technology
  • Automation and Industries
  • Economic, social and environmental sustainability
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
 You are requested to register for theme as stated above and 
Congress URL 
Important Dates:
Abstract / Paper Submission: 15 September 2017 
Paper Acceptance: 30 September 2017
Registration: 1 October 2017
Attached: Congress Brochure; Poster & Registration Form

We look forward to the active participation and looking forward to welcome you at Amity University Rajasthan.

Best Wishes 

Team RSC2017 

Thank You

Dr. Ruchi Singh Gaur 
Assistant Professor 
Amity School of communication
Amity University Rajasthan- Jaipur 
Jaipur ( India) (303201)

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Update on the project to publish a volume on our departments of communication and journalism

Dear All,
Following are the lists of our professor colleagues
1.      who have emailed their articles by yesterday evening, the extended deadline for submission for the volume on reminiscences of their departments of communication and journalism as proposed by Prof. Sanjay Ranade
2.      Who have promised to send by yesterday, but I have not yet received
3.      Who emailed their request for extension of the dead line last week

Sr No
Name of the Professor
Name of the Institute
Name of the Institute (Reminiscences)
1. Sanjay Bharthur
Professor of Communication,
Sarojini Naidu  School of Art & Communication, &
Pro Vice Chancellor,
University of Hyderabad
University of Madras
University of Tirunelveli
University of Hyderabad

Uma Shankar Pandey
Dept. of Journalism & Mass Communication,
Surendranath College for Women
(University of Calcutta)
University of Calcutta
Vir Bala Agarwal
Dept of Journalism and Mass Communication, Himachal Pradesh University
Dept of Journalism and Mass Communication, Himachal Pradesh University
Mrinal Chatterjee
Professor and Head of the Institute
Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC)
Sanchar Marg, Dhenkanal 759 001, Odisha
Sanjeev Bhanavat
Centre for Mass Communication, University of Rajasthan
University of Rajasthan
Nisha Pawar
Shivaji University,Kolhapur
Shivaji University,Kolhapur
Mira Desai
SNDT University
SNDT University
Abhijit Bora
Department of Communication & Journalism of Gauhati University
Department of Communication & Journalism of Gauhati University
A. S. Balasubramanya
Department of Mass Communication and Journalism  
Karnatak University Dharwad

Department of Mass Communication and Journalism  
Karnatak University Dharwad

Ranjani Chettri
T anthony’s college
Shillong 793 001

T anthony’s college
Shillong 793 001
Somali Chowdary
Shri Shikshayatan College, Calcutta
Shri Shikshayatan College, Calcutta
T. Sripathy
  Department of Electronic Media, Bangalore University. 

 Department of Electronic Media, Bangalore University. 

Mysore, Andhra, Mangalore, Assam, Gulbarga, Mizoram
Mysore, Andhra, Mangalore, Assam, Gulbarga, Mizoram
Sachchianand Joshi
Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Vishwavidhyalay Sansthan
Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Vishwavidhyalay Sansthan Bhopal

Add to the above list (articles already sent to me)
Kiran Thakur
Department Of Communication And Journalism, University Of Pune
Sanjay Ranade
Department Of Communication And Journalism
Girija Shanker Sharma
( Sent Hindi article( I have requested For English Article) Agra University

 Promises For Submission by the following by July 31

Sudhir Gavhane
BA Marathwada University, Aurangabad
Tapati Basu
Calcutta University
Madhavi Reddi
Department Of Communication Studies , University Of Pune
Sunil Behra
Berhampur ??
Ravindra Chincholkar
Dept. Of Mass Communication, Solapur University, Solapur

The Following Requested Extension Of Deadline
Dept. Of Journalism & Mass Communication
BVVS Basavehwar Arts College, Bagalkot, Karnataka

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Deadline to submit articles on Departments of journalism and communication extended to July 31

Dear Colleague,

We have received a good response from several colleagues who have already emailed us the articles about their journalism and communication departments.

Yet, there are some colleagues who have requested us to extend the deadline by at least a week. Accordingly, we have extended the deadline to July 31, 2017. Please your articles now.

For those who need more information about the proposal  please visit 

Sanjay Ranade and Kiran Thakur

Friday, 14 July 2017

Competition for Best articles and news photograps by PII and ICRC

Following from Mr. Sashi Nair,

The Press Institute of India (PII), Chennai, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), New Delhi, are together organising a competition for the best three articles and the best three pictures on a humanitarian subject. 

The article or photograph should have been published in an Indian national or regional newspaper or magazine between April 2016 and March 2017 and can be in English or in any Indian language. The participating candidate will have to produce proof of his or her article having been published.

The theme for this year is LIVING WITH DISABILITY – TRIUMPHS AND CHALLENGES. The top three prizes in each category are worth Rs 60000, Rs 40000 and Rs 25000, respectively.

Last year's (2016) prize winners for the Best Articles were 
Rubin Joseph and Santhosh John Thooval, Malayala Manorama; Priyanka Kakodkar,The Times of India; and Samrat Sinha, India Defence Review. 
In the Best Photograph category, Murugaraj Lakshman, chief photographer, Dinamalar, and B. Muralikrishnan, chief news photographer, Mathrubhumi, bagged the top two awards. The third prize was not awarded.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Update on the volume on our departments

Dear colleagues,
I am very happy to inform you about the response to Prof. Sanjay Ranade's concept to bring out a volume on the Departments of Communication and Journalism, Media school. and Communication studies. About 20 former/present heads have already sent their articles of about 2500 words each. 

Some colleagues wrote to me saying that they have not received any invite/request to write the articles of their departments. 

Let me tell you today that this is a voluntary effort. There was no personal invitation to any one. We have sent emails/whatsapp messages, and blog posts outlining the concept. The media teachers responded to these messages because they liked the idea.

I have already sent you the names those who wrote their articles or have promised to mail theirs by July 24. Please read their names in the messages of July 7. There are new names such as Prof. Dr. Madhavi Reddy (Communication Studies, University of Pune who yesterday promised me to write her article within the next week.

For those who have not received the message, please read

Awaiting your response to this request.

Kiran Thakur

Friday, 7 July 2017

Awaiting your article on your department

Dear Colleagues,
Prof. Sanjay Ranade of the University of Mumbai has taken up an interesting proposal, requesting Heads of Journalism to write reminisces about their departments in about 2500 words. Several colleagues have already responded.

It is turning out to be a very interesting volume. Prof. B P Sanjay, Prof.Sachchidanand Joshi, Prof. Nagraj, Prof Mrinal Chatterji, Prof. Mira Desai, Prof. Nisha Pawar, Prof. Bora, Prof. balasubramanya . Prof Mira, Prof. Virbala, (besides me, Kiran Thakur, and Ranade himself) and several others have already submitted their articles. Some veterans others like Prof. Sudhir Gavhane, Prof. Tapati Basu and Uma Shankar Pande, have promised to submit soon. The volume promises to provide a history of the departments in different parts of the country.

May I request all of you to write. Also please request other veterans you know to write. Let us adhere to the extended deadline of July 24. 

Do please appreciate that Prof. Ranade has taken upon himself this task in our own interest in spite his workload of his department... as the Head of Mumbai University. 

We are all communicators. Most of us have been contributing to various WhatsApp groups almost every day. 

It should not be difficult to any of us to write  2500 words within the deadline.

Please mail it to him: and'or to me

thanks. kt

Following is Prof Ranade's concept for your ready reference: 

India celebrates her 70th year of Independence in August this year. On this occasion, I am trying to put together a volume of reminiscences of those who set up a Department, or School or Institute of communication, media or journalism. These departments, by virtue of their domain, deal with many different aspects of society and communication within society. They are always moving with the flow of information, keeping an ear to the ground, watching the changes in the world around. 
I have met many of you and some of you I have heard of. We all look at wonder with how things have changed from that first dissertation we guided or that first PhD thesis we guided. The variables have changed so rapidly, our own theories of our world have altered right before our eyes. 
We have been changing our syllabi constantly trying to accommodate, assimilate, adjust to the dynamism of our world. We have changed the nomenclature of our degrees, changed the subjects, individual courses have undergone dramatic revisions. So much has simply become redundant and so much has to be freshly added. We are made constantly aware of the gap between what the aspiring young men and women want, what the sector (can we really call media an industry?) wants, what government wants, what society wants and what we can deliver within our own institutional constraints. 
This is a collection of reminiscences, of anecdotes. I am not looking for any theory or an explanation explicitly. If you can propose something that is always welcome and will add value. This collection will be a document of facts. Facts as remembered, experienced, lived by teachers in the domain of communication, media and journalism. 
I will edit the book and it will be printed by the Department of Communication and Journalism, the University of Mumbai with an ISBN number. We will provide a copy of the book each to the contributors. Please restrict the length of your writing to a maximum of 2500 words. All writing must be in English. We will be releasing the book on or about August 15, 2017. I have to give this book to the publisher by May 31 so that we can work on layout and design. 
May I request you to please contribute your experience for this document? Its readers will be among our students, fellow teachers, journalists and academicians. Here is a brief format of how you could put your chapter together -

1. Please begin with a brief introduction of the timeline. When was the institution started, are there any stories about how you got involved, how the institution came to be thought of? Who were the people involved in the venture? What was your own experience, your feelings and thoughts at the time? What was the infrastructure like? What was the syllabus like? 
2. The first class. What was its composition, how did you feel taking it? Could you speak of any of your students then? What has become of them? How do you see yourself today when you compare yourself to that first day facing your first batch of students in an institution that you started? 
3. The first examination. Exciting, depressing, anxiety-driven, funny? How was it? The experience of putting together question papers, the first time you encountered the reality that students are exam-centric and marks are a final measure of everything from an initiative to intelligence to the imagination! Correcting the first answer sheets - how different were the answers from what you had taught? How does this compare with the experience you have today?
4. Your colleagues. I would leave that for you to decide. Some of these colleagues may have come with you all along, some may have grown out of the institution, some may have just left. New ones may have joined. Here I would include colleagues in academics as well as those who were part of the administration - the peons, clerks, typists, assistant registrars, deputy registrars, the Vice Chancellors or Principals.
5. The first encounter with guiding the student. How has this exchange changed, how the subjects changed, how attitudes have changed towards research? We could specifically look at the variables and hypothesis that we are dealing with, the different methodological approaches and methods that we ourselves learnt and began to apply and that reflected upon the quality of the research, the topics we followed up on. 
6. This is your own final comment on your experience. You could simply end with your own statement of how things stand today or predict likely futures. 

The above is not an exhaustive list. They are only suggestions. Please feel free to alter the structure, add or delete sections. Let us make this book entertaining, interesting and a document that will be loved, cherished, cared for by future generations. I look forward to your contributions. In case you have any doubts or questions please do get in touch with me.
Although I am initiating this it is not really my project. It is our project

Sanjay Ranade