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MU doesn’t admit students to three PG media courses

PUBLISH DATE 24th July 2018

The department of Communication and Journalism, University of Mumbai (MU) did not admit any student to three postgraduation (PG) courses this year, due to lack of classroom space and teachers in the department.

In a letter written in May to vice-chancellor (V-C) Suhas Pednekar, head of the department – Sanjay Ranade — had requested that the admission to these courses — MA Film Studies, MA Television Studies and Electronic Media– be ‘deferred’ by a year.

The courses have a combined intake of 60 students.

However, with no response from the V-C, the department decided to put a hold on admissions for these courses, even as it has started admitting students to two other courses —MA Communication and Journalism and MA Public Relations.

“We are only three teachers in the department... According to workload calculations, we need at least 40 teachers in the department. We are under severe mental and physical stress, we have no infrastructure,” read the letter.

Ranade also said that the three courses have become redundant and those pursuing them are unable to find employment.

“The electronic media is no longer a separate section of the media, due to advent of digital media and subsequent convergence. Those who pursue film and television studies –introduced three years ago– hope to work in the entertainment industry. But the courses don’t equip them for production,” he said.

The youth wing of the Shiv Sena – Yuva Sena–have objected to the move.

Sainath Durge, a member of the Yuva Sena, said, “We find unemployed students who have pursued other courses affiliated to the varsity. But that doesn’t mean that we should shut these three courses. It is really an immature explanation given by the head of department.”

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