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Department of PG Studies and Research in Journalism and Mass Communication

The Post Graduate Department of Journalism and Mass Communication offers a two-year MA and Ph.D programmes on regular basis and One Year PG Diploma in Kannada Journalism through Distance Education mode.

Apart from a syllabus that spans across all theoretical and practical aspects of the discipline, the department conducts special lectures, workshops and seminars inviting communication scholars and media experts to assure academic excellence. Internship with media organizations is an integral part of the programme. Department publishes Sahyadri Times a daily laboratory newspaper. The Department has a modern television studio . Students broadcast news packages in 'Sahyadri TV' youtube Channel.


Vision Statement

To become a center of excellence for teaching, training, and research in mass media to provide high quality value-based education to all through various modes to meet global challenges.

Mission & Goals

  • To foster creativity in teaching, learning and research for building knowledge base and promoting quality initiatives
  • To provide access to education to all sections of the society
  • To develop human resources needed in media organizations.


  • Print Media lab for publication of a daily practice journal
  • Television studio for practical training in television and radio production
  • An Archive of Newspapers and Magazines.

Programms Offered

Sl No Programmes Nature & Duration Eligibility Intake
1 M.A CBCS - Semester Scheme (4 Semesters) Any degree 40
2 Ph.D Full time : 3 years minimum
Part time: 4 years minimum
Pass in the entrance test with 50% marks and a Masters Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with minimum 55% marks.
3 PG Diploma in Kannada Journalism Distance Mode Any Bachelors Degree


Dr. Sathyaprakash M. R

Year of Establishment



Department of PG Studies & Research in Journalism and Mass Communication
Kuvempu University
Jnanasahyadri, Shankaraghatta-577451
Shimoga Dist., Karnataka State, INDIA
08282-256324 9886836660

Teaching Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication in Kuvempu University

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    Prof. Poornananda D S Professor

    Qualification:M.A., M.S., Ph.D.,
    Area of Specialisation: Film Studies, Development Communication,Environmental Communication, Communication theory

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    Dr. Varghese P A Professor

    Qualification:M.A., Ph.D.,
    Area of Specialisation: Communication Theories, Radio Studies, NewMedia Technology, Qualitative Research

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    Dr. Sathish Kumar Professor

    Qualification:M.C.J, Ph.D.,
    Area of Specialisation: Print Media, Folk Media, Media Law, Photojournalism, Development Communication

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    Dr. Sathyaprakash M. R Associate Professor

    Qualification:M.S.Communication, Ph. D.,
    Area of Specialisation: Film Studies, Development Communication, Television studies, Advertising

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    Ms. Rumana Tanveer S Guest Lecturer

    Qualification:Please Provide,
    Area of Specialisation: Please Provide

Research Project of Journalism and Mass Communication in Kuvempu University

Sl No Title Funding Agency Principal Investigator Co-Investigator Amount Status
1 An exploratory study of Gulbaraga Television system for rural communication Space Application Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad Prof. Leela Rao, D.S. Poornananda 100000 Completed
2 An evaluation of effectiveness of rural development programmes in Karnataka Government of Karnataka Prof. H.S Eswara D.S. Poornananda 186000 Completed
3 Development-induced displacement and the Media: framing of displacement issues UGC D.S. Poornananda Nil 576554 Completed
4 Media use and influence among the Hasalas of Shivamogga district UGC-UPE Project, University of Mysore D.S. Poornananda Nil 100000 Ongoing
1 of New Media on Family Communication and Relationships Kuvempu University None 45000 Ongoing
1 Role of Folk Arts as Media of Communi cation: A Study with Special Reference to Malnad Karnataka Kuvempu University Dr.Sathish Kumar - 45000 Completed
Sl No Faculty Name of the Supervisor Name of the Ph.D. Scholar with Aadhaar number/Photo ID Mode of Ph.D. Registration Number Date of Registration Research Topic Likely date of completion of Ph.D Availing Fellowship Funding Agency of Fellowship
1 Arts Dr. Sathish Kumar Bheerappa Tirakappannavar Part Time 106 2022-07-14 Role of Community Radio Stations in the Development of Kitturu Karnataka: A Study. 2028-07-13 NO -
2 Arts Dr. Sathish Kumar Abhishek C Part Time 107 2022-07-14 To be finalised 2028-07-13 NO -
3 Arts Dr. Varghese P A Adnan Abdulrahman Naef Farhan (Yemen 06623473) Full Time 244/12-04-2016 (Temp) 2016-04-12 Social Media and the Arab Spring: A Case Study of Yemen 2020-12-30 NO Nil
4 Arts Dr. Sathish Kumar Rasuma C Part Time 37 2022-07-14 To be finalised 2028-07-13 NO -
5 Arts Dr. Sathish Kumar Sachin N J 237037083589 Full Time 525 2020-01-31 Abhivruddhi Samvahana Madhyamavagi Chalanachitra: Ayda Kannada Chalanachitragala Ondu Vishleshanatmaka Adhyayana ( Film as medium of development communication: An analytical study on selected Kannada films) 2024-01-31 YES Kuvempu University
6 Arts Dr. Sathish Kumar Padmavathi K 433644628040 Part Time 526 2020-01-31 Kannada Dinapathrikegalalli Covid-19 Varadigarike: Ondu Adhyayana ( Coverage of Covid-19 in Kannada Dailies: A Study) 2024-01-31 NO -
7 Arts Dr. Sathish Kumar Harshavardhana P R 578597359931 Part Time 528 2020-01-31 Tulu Chitraranga: Belavanige, Samasyegalu mattu Savalugala Ondu VishleshanAthmaka Adhyayana (Tulu Film Industry: An Analytical Study of its Development, Problems and Challenges) 2024-01-31 NO -
8 Arts Dr. Varghese P A Mahadeva Swamy KN 3237 2900 1915 Part Time 637 2010-08-30 REACH ACCESS AND UTILIZATION PATTERNS OF NEW MEDIA AMONG THE DALIT COMMUNITY IN SHIVAMOGGA 2018-12-31 NO Nil
9 Arts Dr. Sathish Kumar Sangeetham B G Full Time 925 2021-09-07 Janapada Kalegalu mattu Kannada Cinema: Ondu Vishleshanathmaka Adhyayana (Folk Arts and Kannada Cinema: An Analytical Study) 2024-09-07 NO -
10 Arts Dr. Sathish Kumar Bhavya Shetty Part Time 926 2021-09-07 Folk Rituals and Their Symbolism: A Semiotic Analysis of Bhutharadhane 2025-09-07 NO -
11 Arts Dr. Varghese P A Ravikumar.P 7631 0516 4601 Part Time JMS:01(01)/ 30-03-2012 2012-03-30 ROLE OF COMMINICATION IN SOCIAL CONVERGENCE AND COMMUNAL HARMONY : A CASE STUDY IN BHADRAVATHI 2017-12-31 NO Nil
12 Arts Dr. Varghese P A Rumana Tanveer.S 9351 0157 3765 Part Time KU/AC/Ph.D: PRG-02/27-12-2013 2013-12-12 FACTORS INFLUENCING MEDIA UTILIZATION AMONG MUSLIM WOMEN 2019-12-31 NO Nil
13 Arts Dr. Varghese P A Wahengbam Rorrkychand Singh 2410 6249 3910 Part Time KU/AC/Ph.D: PRG-03/27-12-2013 2013-12-27 FACTORS AFFECTING JOURNALLISTIC FREEDOM IN THE NORTHEASTERN STATES OF INDIA 2018-12-31 NO Nil
14 Arts Dr. Varghese P A Manjunatha.K.M 7245 3286 7317 Part Time KU:JMS:Ph.D: PRG-139/15-12-2014 2014-12-15 IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES ON THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL BEHAVIOUR OF YOUNG PEOPLE 2019-12-31 NO Nil

Workshops/Seminars/Conferences organized and Funding Agency :

Title Level Year Funding Agency
Film Appreciation State 2016 Kuvempu University
Writing scripts for electronic media State 2012 Kuvempu University
Consumer Protection and Advocacy National 2012 Consumer Studies Centre, IIPA, New Delhi
Workshop on documentary production National 2010 Kuvempu University
Alcoholism and Drug Addiction: The Role of Students and the Media State 2009 Karnataka State Temperance Board
Consumer Protection and Welfare: The Role of Media National 2009 Consumer Studies Centre, IIPA, New Delhi
Emergence of New Media Technologies and its cultural, economic and political implications National 2007 University, DDE
Mind, Media and Society State 2006 University
Freedom of Expression in India: Constitutional Provisions and Cultural Challenges National 2004 University

Film Festivals (One week) :

Date Theme
February, 2016 Human Environment
August, 2016 Indian Panorama 2016
February, 2015 Human Rights
February, 2014 Womens Rights
February, 2013 Iranian Movies
February, 2012 Social Issues
February, 2011 World Comedies
February, 2010 Charlie Chaplin

Photo Exhibitions:

Date Theme
February, 2016 Wild life Photography
August, 2014 News Photography

Special Lectures :

Topic Resource Person Year
Mr. Hunasawadi Rajan, Editor, Samyukta Karnataka, Bengaluru
Mr. Sugatha Srinivasaraju, Chief Editor, Kannada Prabha
Prof. Leela Rao, Communication Scholar, Bengaluru
Prof. H.S Eswara, Communication Scholar, Bengaluru
Mr. S. Thippeswamy, Photographer, Mysore
Mr. B.S. Arun, Associate Editor, Deccan Herald, Bengalurur
Mr. D. Umapathy, Chief of Bureau, Vijaya Karnatka, New Delhi
Mr. Girish Nikam, Rajya Sabha TV, New Delhi
Mr. Ramananda, DGM, Corporate Communication, BEMEL, Bengaluru
Mr. Ashok Kashyap, Cinematrographer & Filmmaker, Bengaluru
Mr. Kesari Haravoo, Filmmaker, Bengaluru
Mr. P.M Ramachandra, Filmmkaer, Mumbai
Mr. Girish Kasaravalli, Filmmaker, Bengaluru
Mr. A. Suryaprakash, Chairmna, Prasar Bharathi, New Delhi

Placements :


Students who have passed out from the department are working as journalists in newspapers, television and radio. They have also been working in PR firms and advertising firms. Some of them are running their own media agencies.

Achievements of the alumni :