Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, Punjabi University, Patiala
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            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 Communication.

            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.

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.

            Prof. Navjit Singh Johal did Film Appreciation Course from FTII in 1989. Dr. Bindu Sharma did this course in1998.


Foreign Students in the Department

            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.

The Faculty

            Dr Harjinder Pal Singh 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 1981 as part time lecturer. He has done his Ph.D on the subject of Literary Journalism. He attended eight international conferences in five countries Australia, Hong-Kong, Bangkok, Canada and Pakistan. Dr Walia organised three international conferences as Head of the Department in 2007 & 2008.  He is also running a website He also started net radio, "Radio gpunjab". He is the author of six books (one in english and four in punjabi) 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. Dr. Walia is hosting an interview based Programme in a Television Channel and also gives talk shows regularly on various Punjabi Radio Channels. Dr. Walia presently the head is also the Director of IAS Study Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala. He has been honored by Press Council of Edmonton for his legendary work in the field of Development Journalism in 2013. As a head of Department Dr. H.P.S. Walia has started a video magazine 'Sada Campus'. This is one of its own kinds. It is a fortnightly magazine covering all the events and activities of the University.

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. He was head of the Department between 1997 and 2004 and again tenure from 2010 to 2013.

Dr. Happy Jeji Joined Department of Journalism and Mass Communication in January 2006. Prior to this Appointment, She held various positions in Indian Information Service, Government of India. She was selected Junior Grade Officer by UPSC in 1993 and posted at Jalandhar in Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. In the year 1996, she joined Press Information Bureau, Chandigarh on be coming senior grade IIS Officer she joined Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP) in year 2002 and served as Field Exhibition Officer in Chandigarh.

            During her tenure in Indian Information Service she organised and participated in various multi-media publicity campaigns on issues like female foticide, AIDS prevention, National Integration and woman empowerment. She has done her Doctorate in the Development Communication and presented papers in national and international seminars and conferences. 

An alumni of 2005-2006 batch of this department Ms. Nancy Devinder Kaur started her career as a Lecturer. She has served Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana for 4 years and joined this Department in Dec, 2010. She has also served as a Coordinator, Distance Education for journalism course in Punjabi University, Patiala. She has presented papers International (One) and National Conference (Two). Her areas of specialization is New Media Technology and Media Research.

Faculty Strength

            The present strength of the faculty & other senior staff for the Department is as follows :

                  Professor                                       :           two

                  Assistant Professor                       :           two     

                  Technical Assistant                       :           two

Doctorate Programme

            The information regarding Ph. D completion, registration and enrolment is given below : 

            a)   Completed                        08

            b)   Registered             12

            c)   Enrolled                02

            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

Sr. No.






Dr. Harjinder Pal Singh Walia

Professor & Head  

M.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.

Print Journalism, Developmental Communication


Dr. Navjit Singh  Johal


M.Sc., M.S., (Syracuse Univ. USA), M. Phil. Ph. D

Communication Theory, Audio and Audio-visual Communication,

Film Studies


Dr. Happy Jeji

Assistant Professor

M.A., MJMC, Ph.D

Advertising, Public Relations, Development Communication


Ms. Nancy Devinder Kaur

Assistant Professor

MJMC, M.Phil

Advertising and Public Relations, Research


Ms Surinder Kaur Tiwana

Technical Assistant




Mr Amarpreet Singh  

Technical Assistant


Television Journalism


Courses offered and intake

Sr. No.

Course Title               





One year (Teaching & Research)



Master of Journalism and Mass Communication (MJMC)

Two years

Allocated   : 25






Thrust Areas

*          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.

Infrastructural Facilities

            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 machines.   

Significant Achievements

            *    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 work places.

            *    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 various subjects.

            *    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 also bringing out special issues of this journal on significant


Achievement of the Year

Sada Campus

          Under the expert guidance of Head, Dr. Harjinder Pal Singh Walia. a Video magazine "Sada Campus" has been brought out by the students of department of Journalism and Mass Communication. It is a fortnightly magazine covering all the events and activities of the University. It was inaugurated by Dr. Jaspal Singh VC Punjabi University,  Patiala.

            This activity will make the students well trained and well enable them to creat a niche for themselves in broadcasting journalism.

            The Department is also publishing a Lab Journal on its Desktop, "Campus Times" which helps the student's 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 were studying.

            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
                  February, 1991.

            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 education.

            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)    International Seminar "Media and Rural Development" 2006.

            j)    Seminar on Development Communication-March 08-10, 2007.

            k)   Seminar on Media Parents and Children, March 20-22, 2008.

            l)    Seminar on Challenges and Opportunities before Indian Media, March 24-26,

            m)  National Seminar on 'Changing Trends in Media' March 17and 18, 2010.

      n)   Training Programme on Science Communication through Digital Media 29 March to  Ist April, 2011

            o)   National Seminar on "Media Ethics : Issues and Concerns" January 18-19, 2012.


Contribution to the Development of Punjabi Journalism

       *     Publications

            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 discussion.

            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 journal. Dr. Harjinder Pal Singh Walia has written a book on development Communication. This book has been published by Punjabi University, Patiala.

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.

Future Plans

            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 lab.

            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 workshops.

            e)   To prepare a "Style Book for Punjabi Newspapers".

            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 Management

Contact Us

Prof. Harjinder Walia
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Punjabi University, Patiala,Punjab.

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Ph: 98723-14380


office- 0175-304-6176-77

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