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AJK, Mass Communication Research Centre

Anwar Jamal Kidwai, Mass Communication Research Center (AJK, MCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi was founded in 1982. However, it started functioning from 1983. The name of centre goes after its founder Anwar Jamal Kidwai, the former Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University. The centre has been one of the leading institutions imparting education in film and video production.

AJK MCRC is widely recognized as one of the best institutions for mass communication in the country. Jamia is primarily known of its mass communication courses. Mr. Kidwai's contribution to the institution has prompted the renaming of the leading center as Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre.

Mr. Kidwai had viewed the Mass Communication Research Centre as an ongoing endeavour to engage with the common Indians. He was reasonably aware of the mounting realization in India, that mass communication is an indispensable catalyst in the process of social development and change. Mr. Kidai visualized mass communication as an inseparable part of the society.

Anwar Jamal Kidwai, Mass Communication Research Center was founded in association with Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and York University Toronto (Canada). MCRC was gifted, under the agreement of CIDA a large range of advanced media equipment for its outdoor production work, studios, editing set ups. Besides these equipments, York University Canada provided expert professionals to teach students.

The prominent documentary filmmaker, Prof. James Beveridge, headed the dedicated and energetic team. Professor James was associated with John Grierson, the founder of documentary filmmaking.

The AJK MCRC came into picture, when India was speedily widening its networks of mass communication. The period was a bystander of an outstanding growth in electronic media. The emergence of airwaves led satellite television channels in the nineties that produced need for expanding and improving the existing communication infrastructure. Further, this development fuelled the increasing demand for advanced technology.

In order to reinforce the foundation of media education, UGC set up centers of programme production in various universities. The very first centre was set up at the AJK MCRC, which made MCRC the leading production center of mass communication programmes.

The University Grants Commission took the responsibility of equipping the center with a building and expenses. There were big audio, video studios, two television studios, a radio studio, a postproduction studio and ample facility for audio-visual production. These centers are built with the purpose of providing instructions in all respects of radio, television, film production and photography.

The Centre undertook a huge development programme in 2006 and it has built:

  • Four air-conditioned classrooms equipped with facilities like state- of-the-art screening
  • An air-conditioned Multimedia News Lab with fifty workstations. It is especially for the students of journalism
  • An air-conditioned Animation Lab for animation students
  • An air-conditioned Digital Photography Lab for still photography students
  • Air-conditioned buildings for media resource centre and media library
  • Two studios for the campus community radio “Radio Jamia 90.4 FM”

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