B. P. Sanjay, Professor & Pro Vice-Chancellor
Prof. BP Sanjay had his basic academic training in communication and journalism in Bangalore and obtained a Ph.D from Simon Fraser University, Canada. He taught at Madras University and MS University, Tirunelveli before he moved to University of Hyderabad as a Professor in 1995. He was involved in studying the historic SITE experiment and his professional expertise and interests are in the areas of political economy of information and communication technologies, development communication, and international communication. He has been associated with various national and international bodies that chalk out policies on media education and research. He was the Director of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Delhi. Prof. Sanjay was the Pro Vice-chancellor of the university. He also served as the first Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur between 2009 and 2014.
He was the Director, College of Integrated Studies at the university. He has been appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor of the university with effect from June 08, 2016.
Phone: +9140 2313 5503
Prof. Vinod Pavarala
Prof. Vinod Pavarala has a dual masters in Sociology, and Communication & a Ph.D from University of Pittsburgh (USA). He taught at the University of Pittsburgh , Virginia Tech ( Blacksburg , USA ), and IIT-Bombay before joining University of Hyderabad in 1995. Has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University in 1998-99. Prof. Pavarala was part of the international faculty team of University of Pittsburgh’s Semester-at-Sea, teaching on board the SS Universe Explorer that sailed around the world in 2003. He teaches development communication, cultural studies, and research methodology. Currently researching and publishing on “ICTs, Development and Democracy”. His book, co-authored with Kanchan K. Malik, Other Voices: the struggle for community radio in India was published by Sage in 2007. He is also the author of Interpreting Corruption: Elite Perspectives in India (Sage, 1997). He serves on the Boards of Studies of several universities & is on the national level committees on media education. He is the Founder-President of the Community Radio Forum–India. He also leads the Unesco Chair on Community Media.
Phone: +91 40 2313 5501
Prof. Thirumal P.
Dr. P. Thirumal graduated with an M.S from Bangalore University and a Ph.D from Pondicherry University. He taught Science and technology Communication at the Department of English, Pondicherry University and also co-ordinated a vocation-based Journalism course at the Community College, Pondicherry University. His teaching and research interests include Theory and History of Media, Meta enquiry relating to Emancipatory project of Dalits, and Enabling histories of Technologies and Communities . Dr.Thirumal has published in national and International journals and his writing focuses on social and cultural history of mainland media including the North Eastern Region of India. Recently, he has been working on the idea of Borderland media history vis-à-vis the received national media histories of nation states. He is one of the leading international scholars in Media History.
Phone: +91 40 2313 5503
Prof. Vasuki Belavadi
Vasuki Belavadi graduated with MA (Communication) in 1993 and completed his Ph.D. from University of Hyderabad in 2016. He worked for about 11 years in the Print, TV and NGO sectors in various capacities like City Reporter, Correspondent, Sub-editor, News Producer & Programme Co-ordinator. He has taught at Manipal Institute of Communication and Tezpur University. He specialises in video production & has good grounding in radio programming & production too. His research interests include pedagogy of video production and community media. He is the author of Video Production (Oxford University Press, 2008), the first to be published in India. Vasuki Belavadi conducts capacity sharing training in Participatory Video, particularly for children & adolescents.
Phone: +91 40 2313 5505
Prof. Kanchan K. Malik, Head
Dr. Kanchan K. Malik has been teaching postgraduate Journalism and Mass Communication courses for nearly 20 years now. She obtained her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Hyderabad in 2005/6. Her widely-cited, co-authored book with Prof. Vinod Pavarala, Other Voices: the Struggle for Community Radio in India published by Sage (2007) documents the civil society endeavours for a third tier of broadcasting in India and freeing of the airwaves. With a dual Master’s in Economics and in Mass Communication, she worked as a journalist with The Economic Times, New Delhi for two years before settling for a career in academics. She has worked on several C4D research projects and published research papers on media interventions by non-governmental organizations for empowerment at the grassroots level. Her work has also contributed to policy advocacy efforts for Community radio in India. She has also worked on the research “Religions, Ethics and Attitudes towards Corruption” as part of the Religions and Development project of the University of Birmingham. Her scholastic and research interests include: Print Journalism; Community Media and the Public Sphere; Women in Community Communications; Media Laws & Ethics; Media Research Methods and Communication for Social Change. She is a Faculty Fellow with the UNESCO Chair on Community Media and Editor of the newsletter – CR News brought out by the Chair in partnership with UNESCO and CEMCA.
Phone: +91 40 2313 5506
Prof. Usha Raman
Dr. Usha Raman obtained her Masters in Journalism and Ph.D in Mass Communication from University of Georgia, USA. She moved into academia after close to two decades as a freelance journalist and health communications practitioner. Her teaching interests include news reporting and feature writing, specialized writing (science, technology, environment and health), science/health communication, and social impact of digital media. Her research has been in the fields of cultural studies of science, science and health communication, clinician-patient communication, children’s media, and digital culture studies. Usha is an honorary fellow of The George Institute for Global Health and a member of the ethics committees of L V Prasad Eye Institute and the Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad. She is Editor of Teacher Plus, a monthly magazine for schoolteachers in India and writes a fortnightly column on learning skills for The Hindu’s Education Plus titled Backpacker’s Guide. She is the author of Writing for the Media (Oxford University Press, 2009). Follow her blog What are words worth?
Phone: +91 40 2313 5507
Dr. Kennedy Pilli, Associate Professor
Dr. P. Kennedy graduated with MA (Communication) from University of Hyderabad and obtained his M.Phil and Ph.D. from Osmania University. He worked for about 20 years in professional television. He has directed several popular series of educational programmes, reality shows and game shows for satellite TV channels. He also worked for Eenadu Television as News Producer. He earlier worked as Producer, Educational Multimedia Research Centre, Osmania University, Hyderabad and produced educational programmes, e-learning programmes for UGC-CEC. Dr. Kennedy joined University of Hyderabad in 2014. He teaches Video Production and his research interests are Television Studies and ICTs.
Phone: +91 40 2313 5508
Dr. Janardhan Rao Cheeli, Associate Professor
Dr. Janardhan Rao Cheeli graduated with Diploma in Photography and Cinematography from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (Gold Medallist) in 1983. He obtained his MA (Dr. B R Ambedkar Memorial Gold Medallist) as well as his PhD in Communication from the University of Hyderabad (UoH). After a short stint as a Press Photographer, he joined the State Institute of Educational Technology as a Cameraman, where he provided electronic cinematography for the educational TV films broadcast by Doordarshan under the Tele-School programme. He joined the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and served the National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) for close to three decades as Video Cameraman, Technical Officer (Video), Senior Technical Officer, and Chief Technical Officer. He produced videos for NAARM in addition to conducting training on various aspects of Educational Video Production such as script writing; direction; planning and production; operating equipment like video cameras, editing machines, and audio-video recording equipment. He joined University of Hyderabad (UoH) in 2017. He teaches Video Production and Advanced Studio and Field Production.
Phone: +91 40 2313 5518
Dr. E. Sathyaprakash, Associate Professor
Dr. E. Sathya Prakash graduated in 1998 with a Masters in Communication from University of Hyderabad and obtained his PhD from Osmania University in 2005. He has earlier worked with ETv News, Hyderabad, and with TMG Enter Television, Bangalore. Dr. Sathya Prakash joined the department in 2003 and now teaches Documentary Film making, TV News Production and Media Management. His research interests include Film Studies, Political Economy of Media and Media History. He has co-edited Cinemas of South India (Oxford University Press). Some of his work can be accessed here.
Phone: +91 40 2313 5504
Dr. Madhavi Ravi Kumar, Assistant Professor
Dr Madhavi Ravi Kumar has been a journalist, academician and researcher for over 20 years. She obtained her Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, and M.Phil from University of Madras, Chennai. Prior to joining the present position, she was with Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. She has been associated with media organisations and NGOs like The Indian Express, The New Indian Express, The Hindu, The Week, NDTV, All India Radio and M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF ) in various capacities. She has published a book titled ‘Social Problems and the Indian Press’ by Kanishka Publications.
Dr Madhavi has published many articles in both national and international publications on various subjects. She has also executed a few projects for BBC, German institute InWent and UNICEF. Her teaching interests include print and new media, broadcast journalism and convergence journalism. Her research interest has been media studies, development communication and policy studies. She joined the department in 2014.
Anjali Lal Gupta, Assistant Professor
Anjali Lal Gupta has been a journalist since 2000 with experience across television, new media and development communications. In a tenure spanning over six years at CNBC-TV18 as Correspondent to Features Producer, she was driven to cover less reported subjects such as workplace policy on HIV/AIDS and health hazards of asbestos. Anjali spearheaded the production of ‘Good Life’ the popular health show, wrote for moneycontrol.com and reported for career development and automobile feature programmes. As Web Editor and Images Manager for the international development agency ActionAid, she researched, wrote and edited features for their website and publications. Anjali was ActionAid’s point person in India for soliciting and processing material coming from the grassroots. In a brief stint at ICRISAT, she prepared policy and advocacy papers, and wrote science news features. She has also regularly contributed to newspapers and magazines, including Tehelka, The Hindu and The Times of India. Joined the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication in 2014 as faculty to teach Journalism.
Phone: +91 40 2313 5510