A.J.K. Mass Communication Research Centre

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A.J.K. Mass Communication Research Centre
Type Research Centre
Established 1982 (1982)
Parent institution
Jamia Millia Islamia
Affiliation CILECT
Location New Delhi, India
Website jmi.ac.in/aboutjamia/centres/mcrc/introduction

A.J.K. Mass Communication Research Centre (AJK MCRC) is a mass communication research center located in New Delhi, India and a constituent institute of Jamia Millia Islamia. It was established in 1982 by Anwar Jamal Kidwai, the Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia after which the institute is named, in collaboration with Canadian filmmaker and York University professor James Beveridge and his wife Margaret Beveridge. It was initially funded by a grant from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). It gives training in journalism, film and video production at a post-graduate level.


The center offers courses including M.A. courses in Mass Communication, Convergent Journalism, Development Communication, Graphics and Animation as well as post graduate diplomas in, Still Photography, Acting and Broadcast Technology. The Center has the course of Convergent Journalism, an integrated master's degree program in print, broadcast, online and photo journalism. AJKMCRC is the only institution in the country offering four full time two year master degrees in media studies.


Production facilities[edit]

The AJKMCRC has analogue and digital systems for programme production. There are three TV studios for multi-camera productions and DV and HDV cameras (PD-150, PD-170, HVR Z-1, DSR 570 and Panasonic DVX 100) with accessories for single camera shoots. Other production equipment includes final cut pro non-linear editing machines of the G5 series, with dual processors for film & video, Avid Adrenaline Media Composers, Arriflex 16 SR III film cameras, Steinbeck film editing machines, digital audio work stations, sound studio, multimedia lab with software for print journalism, and still photography units. Recent additions to the production equipment include the Magnum Dolly system and the PICCOLO crane.

BBC programmes Hard Talk India and Face To Face which were presented by Karan Thapar were shot inside the television studio at AJK MCRC owing to its professional and high quality set up. The programmes were produced with the assistance of AJK MCRC’s staff and featured some of the biggest names in Indian public life including the ones listed below:

Media library[edit]

The media library has books, journals, films, video cassettes, audio cassettes, stock shots, and press clippings for the use of students. Students can use the Zakir Hussian Library of the university.

Community radio[edit]

The AJKMCRC as a part of its social commitment and responsibility towards the community within which it is situated, runs a community radio station on 90.4 FM. Addressing itself to the residents of the Jamia area, RADIO JAMIA broadcasts educational, enrichment and a wide range of rich socio-cultural programmes. These programmes can be heard around a radius of 10 kilometres on the Jamia campus. Currently, the radio programmes are produced by the students and the faculty of the AJKMCRC in collaboration with different groups and organisation in Delhi. RADIO JAMIA provides an excellent learning experience to our students.

As per The Hindu, "Radio Jamia, which started in 2005, broadcasts shows from 2-5 p.m. and replays the previous day’s broadcast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The programme broadcast include an hour-long ghazal segment and a 20-minute dedicated show for regional songs covering diverse linguistic communities residing in its service area, apart from shows on education, health, sports and social issues."[1]

Media Resource Center[edit]

The Media Resource Centre at the AJK MCRC is an archive and theory centre devoted to documentary, film and contemporary media practices. It has been set up through a grant from Sir Ratan Tata Trust.

Student Achievements[edit]

Under the guidance of Professor Farhat Basir Khan, MCRC students Neal Kartik and Pranab Kumar Aich won the prestigious 'Student Focus Competition' at Sony World Photography Awards 2009, Cannes.[2] Jamia's team achieved the feat by defeating 60 of the world's best universities across continents and bagged a cash prize of 50,000 Euros.[3]


AJKMSRC was ranked #1 in Outlook India's "Top Mass Comm Colleges In 2017".[4]

MCRC in the media[edit]

  • "MCRC was the first educational institution in the country which introduced a master’s degree programme in mass communication – an integrated programme on film, radio, television and video production. Since its inception, the centre has produced several illustrious alumni who have done great work in the field of mass media and communication." - Hindustan Times[5]
  • "Today, this 26-year-old institution (AJK MCRC) has been churning out top-notch mass communicators in the field of journalism, broadcast media, and film, and has definitely carved out a name for itself in providing high-quality education in media studies." - The Telegraph[6]
  • "Some of the best talents of the industry (media) came from Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre." - Business Insider[7]
  • "Jamia Millia Islamia’s journalism school rated ‘best’ in India." - The Financial Express [8]
  • "Jamia's journalism school rated best in India." - The Economic Times[9]
  • "The MCRC provides the highest standard of media education and training with a professionally and academically accomplished faculty and a broad spectrum of visiting professionals." - Tehelka[10]
  • "AJK Mass Communication Research Centre (AJK MCRC) at the Jamia Millia Islamia, rates among the finest of its type in the country." - SciDev.net[11]
  • "The AJK-MCRC is one of the premier media institutions in India." - TwoCircles.net[12]


Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 28°38′07″N 77°13′30″E / 28.635308°N 77.22496°E / 28.635308; 77.22496