AJK, Mass Communication Research Centre
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|Jamia Millia Islamia|
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Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication Research Center (AJK MCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi was established in 1982 by Anwar Jamal Kidwai, the Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University in collaboration with Canadian filmmaker and York University professor James Beveridge and his wife Margaret Beveridge. It was initially funded by a grant from CIDA, the Canadian International Development Agency. It gives training in journalism, film and video production at a post-graduate level.
AJK MCRC has been constantly rated as the best journalism school of India. Many eminent personalities have been an alumnus of this institute. It is also known for the extremely hard selection process which it adopts to select students before finally giving admission to them. Only 50 students are selected to study for the prestigious Mass Communication course while other courses have 20 odd seats. It is considered hard to crack the entrance exam of MCRC & even harder to crack the personal interview. A panel of nearly 15 people are present in the interview panel for single student.
AJK MCRC is famous for selecting students after thoroughly going through their profile/portfolio & evaluating them on every possible angle. It is said that only "best of best" are selected to study at AJK MCRC. It is considered a matter of pride among journalism, film, entertainment aspirants/students to be selected for studying at MCRC.
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.
- M.A. in Mass Communication
- M.A. in Convergent Journalism
- M.A in Development Communication
- M.A. in Visual Effects and Animation
- P.G. Diploma in Broadcast Technology
- P.G. Diploma in Still Photography
- P.G. Diploma in Acting
- Short Courses
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:
- Politicians – Pranab Mukherjee, Dr Manmohan Singh, Lal Krishna Advani, Arun Jaitley, Yashwant Sinha, K. Natwar Singh, George Fernandes, Sheila Dikshit, Sharad Pawar, Digvijay Singh, Naveen Patnaik, Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Mamata Banerjee, Farooq Abdullah, Ambika Soni, Kamal Nath, Madhav Rao Scindia, Sitaram Yechury, Prakash Karat, Jaipal Reddy, Venkaiah Naidu, Pramod Mahajan, Amar Singh, Bangaru Laxman, Ashok Singhal, KS Sudarshan, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Purno Sangma
- Film Stars – Shahrukh Khan, Dev Anand, Sharmila Tagore, Sanjay Dutt, Karisma Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Karan Johar, Farah Khan, Shekhar Kapur, Mira Nair, Tabu, Nandita Das, Deepa Mehta, Farooque Sheikh, Pankaj Kapoor, Annu Kapoor, Shekhar Suman, Javed Jaffrey, Saroj Khan, Shiamak Davar
- Businessmen & Industrialists – Mukesh Ambani, Nita Ambani, Nusli Wadia, Gautam Singhania
- Civil Servants & Diplomats – Brajesh Mishra, J. M. Lyngdoh, S. Y. Quraishi
- Judges – J. S. Verma, Adarsh Sein Anand, Leila Seth
- Historians – Romila Thapar, Ramchandra Guha
- Musicians – AR Rahman, Sonu Nigam, Shankar Mahadevan, Zakir Hussain, Shubha Mudgal, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Remo Fernandes, Amjad Ali Khan, Anoushka Shankar
- Sportspersons – Kapil Dev, Saurav Ganguly, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati, Ravi Shastri, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Bishan Singh Bedi, Syed Kirmani, VVS Laxman, Kirti Azad, Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, Ajit Agarkar, Ajay Jadeja, Nayan Mongia
- Others – MF Hussain, Khushwant Singh, Harsha Bhogle, Roysten Abel, Sanjana Kapoor
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.
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."
Media Resource Center
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.
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. 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.
Outlook Magazine has ranked AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia as the best institute for mass communication and journalism in India since the past four consecutive years starting 2013.
- Rank 1 - Top Ten Mass Communication Institutes in India - 2013 Outlook Magazine
- Rank 1 - Top Ten Mass Communication Institutes in India - 2014 Outlook Magazine
- Rank 1 - Top Ten Mass Communication Institutes in India - 2015 Outlook Magazine
- Rank 1 - Top Ten Mass Communication Institutes in India - 2016 Outlook Magazine
MCRC in the media
- "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
- "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
- "Some of the best talents of the industry (media) came from Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre." - Business Insider
- "Jamia Millia Islamia’s journalism school rated ‘best’ in India." - The Financial Express 
- "Jamia's journalism school rated best in India." - The Economic Times
- "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
- "AJK Mass Communication Research Centre (AJK MCRC) at the Jamia Millia Islamia, rates among the finest of its type in the country." - SciDev.net
- "The AJK-MCRC is one of the premier media institutions in India." - TwoCircles.net
- CILECT Asia-Pacific Association (CAPA)
- Shahrukh Khan - Bollywood Actor & Founder, Red Chillies Entertainment. Recipient of Padma Shri, Légion d'honneur and multiple Filmfare Awards.
- Barkha Dutt - Consulting Editor, NDTV. Recipient of Padma Shri and several other international and national awards.
- Loveleen Tandan - Film Director. Casting Director of multiple Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning film Slumdog Millionaire.
- Kabir Khan - Bollywood Film Director. Has directed Kabul Express, New York[clarification needed], Ek Tha Tiger, and Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
- Kiran Rao - Bollywood Film Director & Producer. Has directed Dhobi Ghat and played the role of Assistant Director in movies like Lagaan and Swades.
- Roshan Abbas - TV Anchor & Radio Jockey. Recipient of "Best TV Game Show Host" Award for "Family Fortunes" aired on Star Plus.
- Habib Faisal - Screenwriter & Director. Recipient of Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue.
- Shazia Ilmi
- Nishtha Jain
- Hindol Sengupta
- Harsh Chhaya
- Sharat Katariya
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-12. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
- Official website
- MFA in Film and Television, Shiv Nadar University
- Article about AJK MCRC in the Telegraph newspaper
- MFA in Film and Television, Shiv Nadar University. The program focuses on training students to become Filmmakers, while providing them with a broad-based learning platform in all aspects of media production, including Cinematography, Editing, Screenwriting, Producing and Sound Design.
The course is taught by highly esteemed and qualified faculty, each with teaching experience at premier film making institutes in India and abroad.