Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Digital Studio project languishing - Source LT

The signboard showing details of the project and date of actual start of work and its cost on the Bamu campus. (R) Digital Studio site where the work was stopped two years ago

"Due to failure in completion of the building, a temporary studio will be opened beside the Mass Communication and Journalism department by December by giving e-contracts for the purchase of necessary equipment required in a studio," informed Mass Communication and Journalism department HOD Dr.Sudhir Gavhane.
The government has provided Rs.2 crores and Rs.3.25 crores have been provided by varsity. The cost of the project as on today is Rs 8 crore. Rahul Jagdale

The dream of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University's (Bamu) Mass communication and Journalism department to develop a well equipped modern digital studio looks like a distant dream. University and public works department both failed to launch the project for which the Maharashtra Government had allotted funds of Rs.2 crores 7 years ago. Now after seven years the estimated cost for the development of such a project has risen considerably.
Today media and entertainment industry has carved a huge niche in the market. The industry has a turnover of a mind-boggling Rs 80,000 crores a year. Developing a digital studio can create jobs in big numbers and can help provide education related to this industry. To provide education to students of Marathwada, Bamu's Mass communication and Journalism department made continuous efforts to get a separate digital studio for Marathwada. It's been 7 years since the government gave nod for the studio, but the question is whether university will ever launch this project?
University's Journalism department decided to build a digital studio for Marathwada in the year 2001. Proposal for the project was passed by the then vice-chancellor K.P. Sonwane in 2003, in September 2006, a meeting by a group of ministers headed by then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in the city gave a nod for the project under the Marathwada Development programme by allocating funds of around Rs.2 crores. University also provided Rs.3.25 crores for the project. Contract was given to the public works department, In October 2011 the inauguration of the building was done and it was expected to complete the works within 12 months but only columns have been raised till now.
Well equipped modern facility
Nearly Rs.8 crore will be spent for building, studio apparatus and materials. Apparatus and materials will include high definition television studio, digital radio studio, community studio, participatory studio, editing studio, mini theatre, news room, CD-DVD production, computer lab, digital printlab, e-learning along with high quality technical facilities and more can be experienced by students. 
20 new curricula
According to Dr.Gavhane, more than 20 curricula will be started, which will include animation, program production, e-learning, audio-video editing, multimedia editing along with other related courses in the entertainment industry. MA-MCJ general course will include specialization in print media, video journalism, editing, advertisement and mass communication. Experts will be recruited to teach these courses. Students of journalism and mass communication along with students of dramatics department will also be benefitted with this facility.
"Our aim is to develop perfect skills in the students studying here," stated Dr Sudhir Gavhane, HoD, Journalism and Mass Communication.

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