Jamia Milli Islamia,New Delhi
Two alumnus of Jamia Millia Islamia’s AJK Mass Communication Research Centre namely Hardik Mehta,Young filmmaker and Anshul Mehrotra,Photographer were felicitated today at a function where freshers for seven PG courses conducted by the Jamia were welcomed by the Prof. Talat Ahmad,Vice-Chancellor Jamia Milli Islamia.
Hardik Mehta received Masters in Mass Communication from AJK-Mass Communication Research Centre (AJK-MCRC) in 2008, began his film career as an Assistant Director for Dev Benegal’s Road Movie in the same year. He worked as script supervisor and assistant director on Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera in 2013 and Vikas Bahl’s Queen in 2014. He has received many awards including Swarn Kamal in the best non-feature film category at the National Film Awards in 2015.
Anshul Mehrotra obtained P.G. Diploma in Still Photography in 2013. As a student, he was selected to represent India at Canon Photo Marathon held in Hungary. He was also nominated for the Sony World Photography Award in student category and his work was published in Sony World Photography Award. In 2015, Anshul participated in an open competition by the European Commission to photograph and highlight developmental issues in India.
Prof. Talat Ahmad told the students that “AJK Mass Communication Research Centre of Jamia Millia Islamia is one of the best in the world in the field of Media Education and asked students to take full advantage of the facilities available in the university.” said Prof. Talat Ahmad while addressing the audience. He said that in Jamia teaching and research went in tandem, the Vice-Chancellor, himself a well known researcher, told the students to inculcate the habit of doing research and acquiring hands-on knowledge and skills to be a media professional par excellence.He told the freshers to learn and improve their calibre and academic credentials so that when they pass out, they become the brand ambassadors of AJK-MCRC.
Prof. Iftikhar Ahmad,Director AJK Mass Communication Research Centre said that the Centre has set a benchmark in the field of media education in the world and added that media has become highly commercialized and needs thinkers who are futuristic.He said that MCRC with its socialist tradition endeavors to attain liberty, equality and fraternity for the entire society through its alumni, some of who are already working towards this goal. He especially mentioned the contributions made by documentary filmmakers Amar Kanwar and Saba Dewan, television journalists like Barkha Datt, Maria Shakil and Suddhabrata Sengupta of ‘Raqs Media Collective’ and Sanjay Joshi who organizes political film festivals at Gorakhpur.