Centre for Culture, Media & Governance (CCMG), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), New Delhi inaugurated a “Two-Weeks Capacity Building Workshop on Media and Communication Studies” on 22 April which will continue till 4 May 2019 under the auspices of UGC sponsored “Centre with Potential for Excellence in a Particular Area” (CPEPA) for research scholars and young faculty.
In the introductory remarks and inaugural address, Prof. Saima Saeed, CCMG, JMI briefed about the ideas and objectives of the workshop. She provides a synoptic view of the participants who are coming from diverse backgrounds. A total of 35 scholars and young faculty are participating in the workshop who are from 22 universities, 15 different disciplines and 14 states of India.
Prof. Saeed mentioned the key theme of this year’s workshop which is interdisciplinarity in the media and communication studies. She also talked about the larger aims and agendas of CCMG that is not only innovative in its teaching and research but also inclined towards training, workshop, capacity building in various areas including policy and regulation, governance and institution. Since its inception in 2006, the centre is engaging with stakeholders, media professionals and academics. Talking about the centre and its activities, Prof. Saeed points out three major focuses: Media and Governance, Media, Culture and Society and Interdisciplinarity in Communication Studies. The centre is the only centre for excellence in Jamia Millia Islamia that accommodates multiple projects and collaborates with various national and international institutions of repute.
Prof. Biswajit Das, Director of the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance (CCMG), welcomed the participants. To provide an overview of the workshop, Prof. Das introduced the curriculum composed of a diverse set of topics. He points out the lack of theoretical engagement in media and communication studies. As a discipline, there is a persisting gap in understanding the contemporary challenges with its historical progress of communication and media. Because, even before the industrial revolution communication existed, which is crucial to examine. Similarly, he raises the concern of falling quickly into the current trends and becoming medium centric in contemporary media studies. Taking into consideration such context, he suggested the participants to connect and exchange ideas with each other and usher the peer-to-peer interaction. Prof. Das stresses the idea of interdisciplinarity in a time when the disciplinary boundaries are frozen and there is a tendency of living within the disciplinary comfort.
Prof. Das and Prof. Saima appreciated the hard work of CPEPA staff in organizing this two-weeks long workshop. Dr. Ajaz Ahmad Gilani, the workshop coordinator, instructed about exercises and other necessary details of the two-weeks workshop and delivered the vote of thanks to conclude the inaugural session. During the workshop, a total number of 28 lectures will be delivered by 21 resource persons on 24 different topics related to communication and media studies.