Aligarh : The Department of Mass Communication, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) retained its premium position by forging ahead as the fourth best-ranked institute/department among top professional educational institutions having government accreditation or affiliation in the recently released ‘India Today’ 2021 rankings.
It has been ranked on the key parameters of the selection process, academic excellence, infrastructure and facilities, personality development, industry exposure and job placement.
Congratulating the faculty members and students for their unrelenting efforts, AMU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor said: “AMU is in the top-notch hub of knowledge in India. Researcher scholars and students attending the university are being trained to become the best next-generation professionals.”
He added: “Even as the pandemic left an adverse impact on higher education, our faculty members and students have collectively worked hard to raise the bar.”
“The department of mass communication imparts knowledge to students with the optimum combination of theory and practice to choose a career from a plethora of exciting and rewarding options such as TV, print and digital platforms, public relations and advertising.” said Prof Pitabas Pradhan (Chairman, Department of Mass Communication).
Senior faculty, Prof M Shafey Kidwai pointed out that the department has carved out a niche in both academic and professional spheres. The department has produced several eminent media persons including Parvez Alam (BBC), Saif Khalid (Aljazeera), Romana Asrar (ABP News), Anuj Kumar (The Hindu), Arfa Khanam (The Wire), Brijendra Prashar (The Hindustan Times), Sumaira Khan (TV 9), Poonam Sharma (Aaj Tak), Hina Zubair (TV18) and a couple of others.
He added that the success of the Department comes with the sheer hard work of teachers and students made possible with a variety of professional-level facilities and equipment to create a real hands-on experience on top of routine coursework. There is a state-of-art, Frank and Debbie Islam Auditorium, a built-in 3-camera studio and other infrastructure to hone the skills of students.
AMU has done well on various parameters important to all nationwide and worldwide rankings despite the Covid outbreak bringing academic activities to a halt. The university has also been ranked fourth among public institutions and government universities for 2021 by the ‘India Today’ group.