Nagpur News: The Alumni Association of the Department of Mass Communication, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur, recently organized “Sampark-2014” – The Alumni Meet and a Workshop on Careers in the Media.
Alumni of the department are highly successful individuals who have made a name for themselves in print, electronic and interactive media, advertising and public relations besides in many other fields ranging from academics to politics.
Over the last four years, the Association is regularly organizing a major annual event. Last year, the Association, in collaboration with Yeshwantrao Chavan Pratishthan, had organized a national Seminar on Credibility of the Indian Media.
A large number of them gathered for the 2014 meet and shared their experiences with the students. A variety of events, including fellowship, games, quiz, entertainment items were staged during the event. An exhibition of rare newspaper copies compiled by a noted city collector, Deepak Sant, and a display of photographs of past batches and events were also arranged giving nostalgic moments to the visitors.
The afternoon saw students from different institutions offering Mass Communication courses, participate in a Workshop on Careers in the Media. Senior professionals and experts in the field of Print Media, Electronic Media, New Media, Advertising and Public Relations/ Corporate Communications guided the participants about the career opportunities and how to prepare for them.
The workshop was inaugurated by Shraddha Belsaray, Director, Information and Public Relations, Govt. of Maharashtra, Mumbai. The expert panelists included Sujata Anandan, Political Editor, Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Sanjay Arora, CEO, Shells Advertising Inc., Chandramohan Puppala, Editor-in-Chief and Channel Head, Saam TV, Mumbai, Ganesh Kanate, Senior Jouirnalist and Vice President – Corporate Affairs, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Mumbai, and fourth-semester student of the Department, Richa Sainani.
Narrating examples from her own long and rich career, Shraddha Belsare stressed the importance of sensitivity and creativity in Public Relations.
The field of Advertising is growing at a rapid place and has many wonderful career opportunities for students with Mass Communication degrees, said Sanjay Arora. Ganesh Kanate stressed the importance of language proficiency and stressed on the knowledge of English. Chandramohan Puppala floated the idea of ‘Content Farming’ involving students to provide material to the huge TV entertainment industry. Richa Sainani provided valuable information to students on how to get started in New Media careers in areas such as content writing, search engine optimization and website development.
Earlier, Head of the Department of Mass Communication, Moiz Mannan Haque, made the introductory remarks. Professor, Dr. Dharmesh Dhawankar, proposed a vote of thanks. The sessions were conducted by Vaishnavi Joshi, Shrutika Ambhore and Swapnil Pawar.