NIHIL ULTRA: Nothing Beyond

Department of Mass Communication & Videography (B.Sc.)

Prof. Sharmistha Jha (SJ), Masters in Applied Psychology, PG DIP.-SRFTI
Head of the Department

History

The Mass Communication & Videography (MCV) department was founded in 1996. Since 2006 (autonomy), the MCV dept. has steadily worked towards formulating a holistic syllabus for the taught course, keeping the pressing needs of 'audio- visual' literacy in the changing times in mind.

The Department of Mass Communication and Videography provides in-depth knowledge of cinema and media to the students. The department boasts of faculty who are a combination of academic as well as professional experts. Almost all the regular professors are doing their PhD and others have won national awards in various fields like cinematography, sound designing and documentary film making.

The total strength is approximately 60 students in each batch. Film Studies and Journalism are the two compulsory ancillary subjects.

The students who graduate every year have made the department very proud in various fields. They enroll in reputed management schools, national film schools and pursue higher studies from all over India like SRFTI, IIMC, XIC, Symbiosis, ACJ, JNU, MCRC Jamia Milia Islamia, Jadavpur University, University of Calcutta, Visva Bharati University etc. Every year, quite a number of students also apply in foreign universities to pursue higher education.

They also work with reputed institutions like NDTV, CNN-IBN and various film and ad production houses all over the country. Many of the students are also actively involved in the Kolkata International Film Festival.

The department has state of the art equipment for the students, such as teleprompters, multi camera set up with talk back facility, switchers and HD cameras. They work on latest editing and audio software which helps them to get an upper hand in the professional field.

Achievement

The members of alumni are doing exemplary work in their respective fields. Some have gone on to pursue their master's degree in various premier mass communication institutes. Some students have opted for specialized technical courses at national film institutes, while others have found ready employment in electronic media.

This year one of our full-time faculty members, Saikat S. Ray has won the National Award for Best Editor in non-feature category for the film 'Hope Dies Last in War', directed by Supriya Sen.

Syllabus

Since 2006 (autonomy), the MCV department has steadily worked towards formulating a holistic syllabus for the taught course keeping the pressing needs of 'audio- visual' literacy in the changing times in mind. As Rev. Gaston Roberge S.J., a senior faculty member says, "The department aims to provide a milieu where the students can become not just passive consumers but also producers of media content. We would like the student to become a "prosumer."

Research Work

Prof. Gopalan Mullik is preparing for his research work in 'Cognitive Theory of Indian Cinema'. His application for scholarship has been approved by four British Universities; viz, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Nottingham Trent & Southampton.

Research projects

Prof Ananya Chakraborti is presently pursuing a PhD titled: Rewriting Social History: The emergence of the 'other' in the New Indian Documentary from School of Media, Communications & Culture, Jadavpur University

Placement

Those from the last batch who are not pursuing any PG courses and those who have completed there PG courses, most of them are working in the television, advertising & film industries (viz, NDTV, CNN-IBN, AAJTAK, ZEE Network, STAR Network, SONY Entertainment; Percept, JWT, O&M etc) either as trainees/assistants or as full-time journalists, programme producers, production executives, technical experts, independent filmmakers etc.

Courses Offered

Three years full-time B. Sc. (Major) in Mass Communication and Videography (divided into six semesters) under University of Calcutta with Film Studies as one of the compulsory elective subjects.   Click here for syllabus....