The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
at Punjabi University was established in 1974. During the last
36 years of its existence, the Department has produced over 400
journalists who are now occupying important positions in print
and electronic media. Besides working in various newspapers,
magazines, radio stations and television channels, our students
are also active in the fields of public relation, advertising
and teaching. In the beginning, the Department offered only
one-year degree course i.e. Bachelor of Journalism. Master's
Degree course was started in 1984 and the students had the
option to join one-year course of Bachelor of Journalism or to
go for two-year course of Master of Journalism and Mass
Communication. From 1994, the Department switched over to the
two-year integrated course of Master of Journalism and Mass
The Department takes great pride in sharing that the
students produced by this Department are serving almost all the
media today. They are working in leading newspapers like The
Tribune, The Hindustan Times, The Indian Express, The Times of
India, Punjabi Tribune, Ajit and many more as Editors, News
Editors, Sub-Editors and Correspondents etc. There are many
others who are serving in leading journals. The number of our
students working in leading television and radio channels has
increased tremendously during the last decade. Many are working
on very important posts in Indian Information Services and in
State Government's Department of Public Relations. More than 10
students are occupying senior positions as faculty in state
universities, whereas more than 15 are teaching in private
universities and colleges.
The Fulbright Link
Two prominent Fulbright Scholars from USA have
served the Department. Prof Richard Buttny from Syracuse
University taught in the Department for 45 days in
November-December, 2003 and Dr Shakuntla Rao came to the
Department for six months in 2004. She taught in the Department
from September 9, 2004 to March 2005. Both the scholars
contributed to the teaching and research in the Department. They
have also been contributing books, CD's and DVD's to the
Departmental library ever since they have left the Department.
In 2008-09, Dr Buttny taught an on-line course to the students
of the Department.
Dr. Harjinder Pal Singh Walia
presently Head of the Department is also the Director of IAS &
Allied Services Training Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala.
Film and Television Institute
of India, Pune Connection
The Department has been collaborating with Film and
Television Institute of India, Pune for the last 10 years.
Almost every year, FTII, Pune organizes a workshop on television
production for the students of this Department. The Department
was the first in the country to take initiative in this regard
and it was appreciated in I & B Ministry's annual report.
Recently in March, 2011 the students of M.A. Part-II and two
faculty members participated in the workshop at FTII, Pune.
Prof. Navjit Singh Johal did Film Appreciation
Course from FTII in 1989. Dr Bindu Sharma did this course
Foreign Students in the
Nine students from Ethiopia, who came to the
Department on Government Scholarships, completed their Masters
Degree programme in 2000. All of them are working in various
media in and outside Ethiopia. In the light of the high standard
of this Department, as it has been duly projected outside, they
were recommended and sponsored by their government for advanced
training in this Department. Baruk Opio, a student from Kenya
also did his Masters degree from this Department.
Patronage of Eminent Persons
The Department was fortunate in enjoying the
patronage of experienced persons as heads of the Department. The
Department was established by eminent Indian Journalist Mr.
Kuldip Nayar in 1974. Professor L.R. Nagpal, the senior most
media teacher of Northern India served the Department as head
for a long period of 15 years. Thereafter, Prof. K.M. Srivastva
took over who is at present Senior Professor at the Indian
Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. Mr Gulzar Singh
Sandhu, the former editor of Punjabi Tribune and Desh Sewak and
well known short story writer, served the Department for a
period of four years. Eminent Prose writer Prof. Narinder Singh
Kapoor was the Head of the Department from 1995 to 1999.
Professor Navjit Singh Johal worked
in Press Information Bureau, Chandigarh and read news from All
India Radio, Chandigarh before joining this Department in 1983.
In 1989 he did Film Appreciation Course from FTII, Pune and got
Fulbright Scholarship in 1993. He became reader in 1996 and got
promoted as Professor from 2004. Dr Johal has edited two books
and has 40 research papers and more then 100 articles to his
credit. He was head of the Department between 1997 and 2004 and
is having second tenure as head of the Department. In April
2010, he attended World Journalism Education Congress in Grahams
Town, South Africa and also visited American University at
Sharjah, UAE. At present Dr Johal is also serving as the Dean of
Faculty of Education and Information Science.
Dr H.P.S. Walia, Professor of Journalism started his carrier
as editor of a Punjabi monthly magzine 'Manch' in 1979. He also
worked as part time correspondent with Tribune Group of
Newspapers. He joined this Department in 1985 as a lecturer. He
has done his Ph.D on the subject of Literary Journalism. He
attended three international conferences in Australia, Canada
and Pakistan. Dr Walia organised two international conferences
as Head of the Department in 2007 & 2008. He is also running a
website www.punjab.com. He also started net radio, "Radio
gpunjab". He is the author of three books and one book edited by
him 'Development Communication' was published by Punjabi
University, Patiala. He is also writing weekly column for
various newspapers and magazines in India as well as abroad. Mr
Walia is hosting an interview based Programme in a Television
Channel and also gives talk shows regularly on various Punjabi
An alumni of 1993-1994 batch of this Department, Dr.Bindu
Sharma has done her doctorate in ‘Interface of Interpersonal and
Mass Communication’ from Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar. She
has served Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra for about 15
years and has joined this Department in May 2010. She also holds
the post of Asstt. Coordinator, Distance Education for
Journalism Courses in Kurukshetra University. Dr. Sharma has
worked as Communication and Documentation Officer (on
deputation) with Haryana Government under the project 'Sarva
Shiksha Abhiyan.' She has presented papers in two international
seminars and ten national seminars. She has seven research
publications to her credit. She has presented various programmes
on All India Radio, Kurukshetra and Rohtak and has written
scripts for various documentaries for DD, Chandigarh. She is
visiting faculty for Punjab University Chandigarh, GJU Hisar, HP
University Shimla and Sagar University. Her Area of
specialization is Communication Theory and Media Research.
Dr Happy Jeji joined
Indian Information Services, Government of India in 1993 and
worked with Press Information Bureau Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting, Jalandhar and Chandigarh. In 2002, she served as
Field Exhibition Officer in Directorate of Advertising and
Visual Publicity, Chandigarh. In 2006, she joined as faculty,
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Punjabi
The present strength of the faculty & other senior
staff for the Department is as follows :
Professor : two
Reader : nil
Editor (Punjabi Feature Service)
Technical Assistant :
The information regarding Ph. D completion,
registration and enrolment is given below :
a) Completed 07
b) Registered 21
c) Enrolled 05
Ours became the first Department in this
part of the country after Jamia Milia to provide
facilities for research leading to Ph. D in 1995-96.
Faculty and other staff with qualifications and specializations
Dr Navjit Singh Johal
M.Sc., M.S., (Syracuse
Univ. USA), M.Phil.
Communication Theory, Audio and
Dr Harjinder Pal Singh Walia
M.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.
Print Journalism, Developmental Communication
Dr Bindu Sharma
Communication Theory and
Media Research, Media Management
Dr Happy Jeji
M.A., MJMC, Ph.D
Relations, Development Communication
History of Press, Punjabi Press, Press Laws, Advertising and
Ms Nancy Devinder
Advertising and Public Relations
Ms Surinder Kaur Tiwana
Mr Gurdial Singh
Bal (on Contract)
Editor (Punjabi Feature
One year (Teaching &
Master of Journalism and
Mass Communication (MJMC)
Allocated : 25
Additional : 02
PG Diploma in Broadcast
* High quality of theoretical and practical
training to the students in all areas of Mass
Communication such as Public Relations, Advertising,
Newspapers, Radio and
* Theoretical and practical education covering various
components of Desktop Publishing
(DTP) including page making, editing, computer
graphics and designing, using such
softwares as PageMaker, Paintbrush, CorelDraw and
Quark Express, FCP etc.
* Theoretical and practical training of photography and
relating to it-the newly-emerging
needs and trends in Photojournalism.
* Mass Communication Research and its applications in
various fields, such as, corporate
communication, advertising and marketing etc.
The Department has its own library, furnished
classrooms and seminar room, well-equipped Television and Film
Studio and a Computer Lab. The Department has its own
television, a VCR, public address system, a projector,
professional still cameras, two video cameras and editing
* With highly qualified faculty supporting the
cause, the Department has been
providing high quality manpower to the
newspapers, magazines, radio stations,
television centers, advertising agencies,
public relations and corporate sectors.
* Our students are systematically trained in
multi-media enabling them to adapt
themselves to the latest techniques at their
* The Department regularly keeps on updating its
syllabi to cover the latest
developments and trends at the international
level in the field of mass
* The students of the Department have produced
some commendable dissertations on
* The Department has conducted many surveys which
have been published in the
Departmental Lab Journal. Some of them have
also got coverage in various
* The Department attracts students not only from
all over the country but also from
* The Department is
publishing a Lab Journal on its Desktop, "Campus Times"
helps the students to readily adjust
themselves in newspapers and magazines after
completing their course. Some of the students
have also been picked up by various
newspapers and TV Channels, even while they
* The Department is also bringing out special
issues of this journal on significant
a) A seminar on Punjabi Literary Journalism was
organised in 1985.
b) A seminar on Punjabi Literary Journalism was
organised in 1988.
c) A workshop for working journalists was
organised in May, 1989.
d) A workshop was organised in collaboration with
Punjab Union of Journalists in
e) A national seminar was conducted on Punjabi
Journalism in 1992
f) The Department has been actively participating
in all the seminars and conferences
organised by Department of Punjabi and other
Departments to update their knowledge
and to meet the requirements of the newly
emerging inter-disciplinary approach of
g) Many guest lectures/discussions have been
organised by the Department on
various aspects of Mass Communication.
h) The Department arranged a special lecture by Ms
Kishwar Ahluwalia, CEO of the
Tara Channel in October, 2,000 under the
Multi-Faculty Millennium series of
i) Seminar on Development Communication-March
j) Seminar on Media Parents and Children, March
k) Seminar on Challenges and Opportunities before
Indian Media, March 24-26, 2009.
a) Guest Lecture by Prof Gulzar Singh Sandhu on
Creative Journalism and Column
Writing, August 13, 2010.
b) Workshop by Pankaj Garg on Audio Production,
September 07-08, 2010.
c) Workshop on Media Education Academia-Industry
Interface, November 15, 2010.
d) Special lecture by Mr Kanwar Sandhu on National
Press Day, November 16, 2010.
e) Guest Lecture on Paid News Syndrome by S.
Jaspal Singh Sidhu, November 22,
The students of the Department participated in Media
Festivals organised by Punjab University, Chandigarh and
Chitkara Institute and won many prizes.
On 15 March, 2011 the students of the department for
the first time organized a Media Fest "Kadam".
The Department organized a workshop on Media
Education on November 15, 2011 and celebrated Press Day on
November 16, 2011. In addition to this the department organized
many special lectures and interactive sessions with experts from
various media organizations.
Renovation of class rooms and computer lab has also
been done. In December 2010 five students got job/internship
offers from Punjabi Tribune and Zee Punjabi.
the Development of Punjabi Journalism
A book," Punjabi Pattarkari--Nikas, Vikas ate
Samaseyavan" based on the research papers presented at a seminar
(1992) was published by the university. Prof. L.R. Nagpal, a
former head of the Department, Prof N.S. Kapoor, Dr N.S. Johal
and Dr Gurmeet Maan, Dr Harjinder Pal Singh Walia have
written/edited more than 10 books on various aspects of Mass
Communication. They have written few books on Punjabi journalism
also. All the faculty members of the Department have been
regularly contributing to the Punjabi newspapers and magazines
in addition to participating in radio and TV talks and
In December 2002, the Department brought out
"Samajak Vigyan Pattar's" a special issue on "Mass
Communication in Punjab : Challenges and Opportunities". All
the copies of this journal has been sold out and now the
Department is planning to bring out a book based on the revised
and updated versions of the research papers published in this
The faculty of the Department has regularly been
writing and publishing research papers and articles in various
international, national and regional journals, magazines and
newspapers. "Ethics and News writing in the changing Indian
Mediascape", co-authored by Dr N.S. Johal was published in
International Journal of Media Ethics in its November, 2006
Punjabi Feature Service
The Department has been running a Punjabi Feature
Service for the last 25 years. Every month five to six
features, written by students, teachers and other scholars are
released to the Punjabi Newspapers which are prominently
published on the editorial pages and magazine sections. The
Punjabi Press has always appreciated our efforts in this regard.
a) To create facilities for imparting advanced
training in media production
b) To impart training on web journalism\multi
media etc. by modernising the computer
c) To enhance interaction with the media industry.
(A workshop in this regard was
organised in Nov., 2010)
d) To organise more seminars\conferences and
e) To prepare a "Style Book for Punjabi
f) To undertake various projects related to the
field of mass media.
Plans for new courses/Ventures
Keeping in view the latest developments and trends
in mass communication education, the Department is planning to
introduce the following courses in the near future:
1. PG Diploma in Web and Citizen Journalism
2. PG Diploma in Media Marketing and
The Department is planning to start a Community
Radio in the near future.
Name: Prof. Harjinder
Department of Journalism and Mass
Punjabi University, Patiala,Punjab.