Mass Communication Research Centre

Anwar Jamal Kidwai founded the Mass Communication Research Center (MCRC) in 1983. It was started with funding from the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and with university cooperation between Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and York University, Toronto, Canada. In founding this center, Anwar Jamal Kidwai received active help from Jim and Margaret Beveridge, both important players in the international documentary movement. Under their supervision, MCRC was set up as a teaching institution and a production center for the UGC educational programs on Doordarshan. In 1991-92, it received a Japanese equipment grant of Rs 18.68 crores to upgrade its equipment and facilities, making it one of the most generously endowed public institutions. Today the annual budget of MCRC is Rs 2.7 crores and an expenditure of almost 2 lakhs is incurred on each student per year. It is recognized as the only media institution in India that offers a Masters degree in Mass Communication. The AJK MCRC is an institution that has opened up new spaces and horizons in media education. By offering a multi disciplinary curriculum and a space where students from all over the country, media professionals and other scholars could interact, create and reflect, the center has made a significant contribution to our contemporary media culture. This is evident from the large number of socially committed, independent and innovative documentary films, television programmes and other media works produced by professionals who learnt their craft at MCRC. This is because the center has had a tradition of respect for different and differing views, a climate of intellectual and creative freedom and a robust spirit of academic and functional autonomy. About 14 batches of students (approximately 400 students) have graduated since 1983 comprising an important media work force in the country today. The alumni have received National awards like the Chameli Devi Jain award and International awards like the prestigious Golden Gate Award in San Francisco, the Mumbai International Short & Documentary Festival Award, the Film South Asia Award (Kathmandu) and other film and television awards. Its alumni have been awarded prestigious scholarships and grants like the Fulbright and Inlaks scholarships, the Cardiff and Commonwealth fellowships and the India Foundation for the Arts grants for media research.

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