Research and Projects

Faculty members of the department are constantly involved in research, evaluation and audio-visual documentation of projects. Students are also involved  throughout the year thus giving them an opportunity to work on live projects.

Faculty members of the Department are constantly engaged in cutting edge research on communication studies, historiographies of media, pedagogy of journalism education, participatory media, health communication, and development communication.

Longitudinal research work done by faculty members have resulted in policy changes vis-a-vis the India’s Community Radio Policy & teaching in the Department and several other departments in the country.

The Department works closely in collaboration with UNESCO  and  UNICEF,  DST,  institutions related to BRICS and other such prominent agencies.

Students also get umpteen opportunities to work with the faculty members on their research projects.

Click on the tabs below to view the major initiatives by the department faculty.

UNESCO Chair on Community Media

Recognising the growing impact of the Community Radio phenomenon as a powerful medium of community engagement and empowerment, UNESCO has set up the first ever Chair on Community Media at the Department of Communication, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, India. Established for an initial period of four years in 2011, the Chair will serve as a knowledge and resource centre delving into the various facets of Community Media.

 The specific aims and objectives of the UNESCO Chair on Community Media are to:

  •  Research and document good community media practices in the country, and provide inputs based on research feedback to stakeholders on issues such as community participation, community mobilization practices, financial and social sustainability, appropriate content, participatory monitoring and evaluation;
  • Establish an open access repository of media content online, which would provide key information related to licensing, policy, production of content and technology options to community-based organizations around the country;
  • Build capacities of community members to operate media; provide ongoing training on community mobilization, content development, programming, and management of community media outlets in India; and,
  • Engage with policy-makers and practitioners to sustain a democratic and citizen-friendly community media landscape in India

The prestigious Chair comes in recognition of the extensive work carried out by a team led by Prof Vinod Pavarala, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication on Community Radio over the last decade. He serves as the first chairholder.


Children As Media Producers is a Participatory Media initiative of the UNESCO Chair on Community Media at, Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad. It is based on the premise that children should not be seen just as passive consumers but as active producers of information. It seeks to strengthen children’s rights, in particular, the rights of linguistic and cultural minorities, and indigenous peoples by providing access to the means of communication.

Among other things, the basic premises of CAMP include:

· Children must be seen as producers and contributors of information and not only as consumers.
· Community media can play an important role in strengthening cultural rights, and in particular, the rights of linguistic and cultural minorities, and indigenous peoples by providing access to the means of communication.
· Access to the means of communication must be supplemented by education and training to assist a critical understanding of the media and to enable children to develop their media and communication skills.


· To identify the latent communication abilities of children;
· To encourage adolescent children to participate actively in the mapping of  their issues;
· To enable children to enter into a dialogue with various sections of the community in addressing the above problems;
· To build the capacities of children to report, document, disseminate, and monitor various issues affecting them;
· To impart training to young boys and girls in media production (print, photography, radio & video production) so they grow to be informed citizens.

CAMP seeks to use the power of video for social change.

It works with agencies on projects that aim at building human capacities in participatory video production and in turn network with social movements & campaigns that believe in using ICTs for action.

Through projects that it engages in with its partners it aims at demystifiying technologies & form a network of media activitists.

Audio-Visual Documentation Resource Unit

The Department of Communication has set up an Audio Visual Documentation Resource Unit (AVDRU). AVDRU has been set up with an objective of serving the non-commercial organisations (NGOs, Civil Society Groups, Multi-Lateral Funding Agencies). It works with them in the following areas:

> Project evaluation
> Documentary films
> Promotionals
> Fund-raising videos
> Best practice videos
> Scriptwriting
> Narration
> Participatory Community Media workshops

Endowed with digital equipment–single camera units & backed by digital non-linear edit suites including titling & digital effects, AVDRU is the only one of its kind in a university set-up where you come in with your idea & walk out with a DVD.

AVDRU also advises you to consider the format & the mode of production–single or multi-camera.

All works are competitively priced & backed by the university in terms of finances & delivery.

How does it work?

1. The agency/institution that requires a service in any of the above areas gets in touch with us (see contacts) with a proposal.

2. AVDRU will immediately get in touch with the agency & work out the details of the project including a budgetary proposal.

3. The agency approves the AVDRU proposal & gives it a go ahead by releasing part of the funds as per the mutual agreement.

4. AVDRU executes the project & submits it to the agency. The agency approves the execution & makes the remaining payment.