The University of Pune was one of the first universities in India to recognise that academic training in communication went beyond just a general look at mass communication and journalism and established its department of communication studies in July 1990.
The institute has been awarded five stars, the highest status, by the National Assessment and Accreditation Committee (NAAC) for its overall performance and has also been identified as “potential for excellence” by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The high academic standards set by the department are met by commendable infrastructure. There are three digital cameras, five VHS cameras, production related paraphernalia like tripods, lights and so on, a non-linear editing system, a well-equipped computer lab with the latest equipment and an Internet connection, all for student use. The department works in association with the Educational Media Research Centre (EMRC), Pune, which produces educational programmes for television. Students of the department can access the studio and library facilities at EMRC and assist in programmes and research.
The department has been successfully running a two-year masters course in communication studies (MCmS) and the course merges emerging areas in mass, interpersonal and organisational communication.
The course begins in July and is divided into four semesters. Students are expected to do an internship with a media organisation of their choice after the first, second and third semesters. At the moment, the department offers a specialisation in both media research and video production.
Over the years, the department has seen more than 500 talented students move on to good positions in esteemed media organisations in the country.
The notification is advertised in April. A demand draft of Rs 400 is to be sent payable to the Registrar, University of Pune, Pune-411007. The application form should reach the head of the department before the end of May. For further information, you may log on to the university’s website (www.unipune.ernet.in).
You should have a bachelors degree in arts, science, commerce, engineering, medicine or law from a recognised university. Students awaiting their final examination results may also apply.
Admission to the MCmS is decided on the basis of a three-stage entrance examination held in the second week of June. The stages include a written test, group discussion and personal interview.
Pattern of exam
The test has 40 objective questions on general knowledge and current affairs and 60 subjective questions to assess your writing skills. There is an essay as well.
How to prepare
To brush up your writing skills in English, you could read books by Wren and Martin, and A.N. Hornby. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis enhances your vocabulary. Candidates who are regular readers of newspapers and magazines and keep tabs on all TV and radio news normally do well in the aptitude test. It is essential to keep abreast of current affairs and make it a point to leaf through magazines such as Outlook, India Today, the CSR Yearbook or the Manorama Yearbook or Current Affairs Perspective. Practise writing essays and articles on various contemporary issues.
Which of the following comprise the G 4 nations?
(a) India, Brazil, Germany and Japan
(b) China, Russia, USA and Germany
c) UK, USA, Canada and France
d) none of these.
Name the book by Jhumpa Lahiri which was made into a movie:
a) The Namesake
b) The God of Small Things
c) The House of Blue Mangoes
d) The Monk who sold His Ferrari
Which of the following state governments had given an order to close the modern retail outlets in some major cities in the state ?
d) Madhya Pradesh
What does retailing mean? Give some examples.
What is the Human Development Index ? What is India ’s ranking?
Is banning cell phones in school a step in the right direction? Give your views.?
Does the world face a cyber cold war threat?