It was a rare foresight and ability to think ahead of the times that the dept of communication & journalism of Gauhati University was 45 long years back in 1967.
Being one of the first ten university departments of Journalism studies in the country it was opened as a part of the Political Science Dept. under the able leadership of Professor K Venkatarao who was instrumental in setting it up.The first teacher of the Dept was Prof AK Bannerjee.
For a long time, till 1983 the Dept was conducting part-time diploma courses in Journalism still under the overall control of the parent Dept.But in 1984 it was bifurcated to become a full-fledged Dept to offer postgraduate diploma course in Communication & Journalism.
The Dept launched full-fledged two-year four-semester MA Mass Communication course from 2005 onwards with the first batch of 20 students.The BCJ course is kept in abeyance for the time being to be started again in the fiture.
Within the short span of time since the M.A. Mass Communication course was introduced, our students have been well-received by the industry. They have been getting absorbed in various private as well as government and semi-government concerns. Some of the organizations where our students are absorbed are: Dibrugarh University, KKHSOU, IGNOU, OKDISCD, MSCS, EDC, Cotton College, Diphu Govt. College, Bongaigaon College and other colleges of Assam in Mass Communication Department, SIRD, NRHM, SSA, CMS(Delhi), SACS, DO, AIR, Private Satellite Channels of Assam, FM channels of Assam, almost all print media houses of Assam, DIPR Assam. Besides, some of the students are working in Mumbai/Delhi in Audio Visual and print media. Our students are also working with various PR, Advt. and web content development organizations.
It is worth mentioning that several of our current students have been selected for casual/part-time jobs as programme anchors and announcers/programme producers, news readers etc. in the TV and radio channels.
All students are involved in the 90.8 Radio Luite, a community radio of Gauhati University since its starting in February, 2011.
The students of this Department are sent for internship and summer placements in reputed media and media-related organizations across the state as well as in other parts of the country.
CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
Our students receive regular exposure programmes in various fields. One major avenue has been the New Ways Comics through which several awareness creation campaigns on social issues have been carried out successfully.
1. With Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samity (GSDS) of New Delhi for spreading 'media literacy' on Gandhian principles.
2. Organized colloquiums for media students and teachers at university and college level for the entire NE region for the past several years on International Humanitarian Laws and Conflict Reporting on behalf of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), India Delegation.
3. With UNICEF for organizing sensitization workshops for media personnel and media students at state-level on children's rights and media role.
The Department has its own library with select books on all aspects of mass communication as well as media journals.
The Department has twenty desktop computers, digital video camera, handycams, still cameras, DVD player, colour TV set, LCD project screen, laptop computers, digital laser printer, digital photostat machine, photo scanner etc.