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Vice-Chancellor's Message

A university, dedicated primarily to the academics of media and mass communication, is in response to the ever changing professional requirements of the sector in India and its neighbourhood. The spurt in demand for media professionals with a variety of expertise, brought about by   the tremendous growth in news media outlets in the recent past, has also been a reason behind the initiative.


After being a part of language departments for a considerable time period, the activity of teaching and imparting skills in media and mass communication has in recent years broken free, taking off as a specialised branch of   humanities/ social sciences. There was a time in the past when journalism, especially the print media, was considered an extension of studies in language and literature. Interestingly, that time had coincided with the period when it was argued that journalism could not be taught in classrooms—and that journalists are born and not made!

The foundations of Haridev Joshi University of Journalism and Mass Communication (HJUJ) stand on the bedrock of freedom of expression and providing access to information and knowledge of diverse viewpoints. In fact, HJUJ is the result of Rajasthan Government’s commitment towards promoting quality journalism. The conviction, in the minds of Members of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly and the policy makers in the State of Rajasthan, on the crucial role of the media in preserving democratic principles also facilitated the enactment of the legislation that brought HJUJ into existence in 2012.

We believe the quality of freedom enjoyed by citizens of any country is directly proportional to the freedom in communicating and practising journalism—be it through the mediums of print, television, radio, cinema, internet, cartoons, caricatures or the visual art. We also believe that journalism and journalism education are fundamental to the development of the country.

As a source of information, opinion and analytical observations media performs a variety of functions in a modern society. A journalism university has got to be interdisciplinary in approach as communication involves all streams of knowledge, all sectors and all walks of life.

 

As I mentioned in the beginning, journalism teaching is comparatively a new area in the country and there are not many universities fully dedicated to media and communication.    Being among the pioneers in the field, it becomes our responsibility to give guidance to numerous centres, colleges and institutions teaching journalism. At a time when media studies are being made part of the school curriculum in India we are also aware of the future requirement for trained media educators starting from school level.

In this season of citizens’ journalism and upsurge in the application of the social media for all sorts of causes, I would like to remind you of the subtle distinction between people’s communication through mass media and the way a professional media person would or should communicate.

While not deviating from the fundamental principles of quality journalism, one should take into account the demands of the times and requirement of the market to ensure that the students, after successful completion of their courses, are employable and are useful to various media entities and society at large.


In HJUJ our effort will be to strike a balance between the practical and the academic and open up new vistas for research in the media. How to identify news and recognise a story -- differentiating  between news and trivia, news and promotional material, information and calumny --conduct journalistic research, keep a critical mind, and develop writing-illustrating-editing- photography and video   skills, as per the requirement of the medium one is  working with and combine it with best practices in journalism? This is the central challenge that HJUJ faces and hopes to address effectively.

We want to ensure that our students have a strong base in general knowledge and what is happening around in the country and the world outside, besides their respective areas of specialization. They should have the desired language proficiency—be it English, Hindi or any other Indian language-- while we give the students the option of choosing either English or Hindi as their medium in our courses.


We also want the students to be sensitive to social causes and people ’s issues, to respect physical labour and remain receptive to innovative technology, adopting and equipping themselves with the changing trends.


At HJUJ, a fledgling university of which the campus is to come up on the suburbs of the world famous Pink City, Jaipur, this is only a beginning; and the best is in the making. To start with we are offering three Master ’s Degrees-- in Media Studies, in Electronic Media and in Public Relations and Advertising—spread over four semesters in a span of two years.

On the anvil are the Ph. D programme, more courses and activities, besides initiatives for establishing chairs for in depth studies on specific aspects and areas of media and communication, including media history.

 

I am aware that great universities are not built in a day and it takes decades for any institution to mature into a centre of excellence. It takes grit, determination and lot of commitment to enter into the challenging arena of media education. After all, Fourth Estate is an attitude and a university built around the avowed concept, a motion   towards it!

 

 
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