Department of Communication
Department of Communication, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, synonymous with media studies was started in 1993 for students from southern Tamilnadu to practice and promote communication activities in all the areas of research, teaching, training, placement and extension. The first Department in Tamilnadu to obtain UGC SAP DRS-1 with a funding of Rs.25.17 lacks in the field of Communication. The thrust areas are Impact of Educational Television and ICT for Women Empowerment.
To emerge as a leading world class institution in media and communication studies; provide students with a unique educational learning experience with state of the art equipment and a strong moorings in ethical and moral values.
To create motivated and trained media professionals in a rewarding and inspiring environment by fostering freedom, empowerment, creativity and innovation.
Courses Specialization
M.A Communication
M.Phil Communication
Ph.D Communication
M.Sc Electronic Media
The Department offers courses under comprehensive Choice Based Credit System. It has introduced many innovations in teaching communication skills and modified to a great extent the current practices to impart training in the areas of Reporting, Editing, Advertising, Broadcast Journalism, New Media, Film studies and Television Production.

The Students of the Department bring out a tabloid ‘Thamirabarani’ and produce ‘Documentary films’ as part of the curriculum.
 Faculty In Department of Communication
The Department has a handful of dynamic faculty with international exposure, to guide and motivate students to excel both in academics as well as in Journalism profession.
Name of the Teacher Designation
Dr.P.Govindaraju Professor & Head
Dr.V.Natarajan Associate Professor (on lien)
Dr.G.Balasubramaniaraja Associate Professor
Dr.V.Sundararaman Assistant Professor
Ms.B. Radha Assistant Professor
The faculty actively interacts with the academicians at the national and international levels for exchange of scholarshiptd>
The department can boast itself of the state –of-the art infrastructure to achieve a high degree of professionalism. The Ramasubbaiyer Krishnamurthy Media Block – a 10,000 Sq. ft .floor space facility offered by Dr R Krishnamurthy, Editor, Dinamalar, to students provide excellent ambience which is comparable to the resources offered by Universities in developed countries.

1000 Sq. ft. high roof TV studio with Production Control Room.

Separate Audio Studio for Digital sound recording

Apple Macintosh based NLE Edit suite with Final Cut Pro (FCP) software’s to achieve professional standards in Audio/Video Post Production works.

Modern Multi Media Laboratory for online media production, Web Designing and Layout Designing for print media.

Spacious library to house a rare collection of more than 1000 media books and INFLIBNET online connectivity to enrich the knowledge of students.

Airy classrooms with a modern teaching ambience [technology enabled] for better student-teacher interactivity.
Ongoing Projects
Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Department of Atomic Energy has funded Rs.10.19 lacks for the Production of Documentary Films on Kudankulam Baseline Studies.
Support provided to Commonwealth of Learning – CEMCA in their Audience Research project on Empowering Women through Community Radio in Trivandrum.

To produce and design a promotional Video and Display Boards for Tuticorin Port Trust

A Survey Project for Employees State Insurance Corporation in the three southern districts of Tamilnadu

FM Radio Feed Forward Study for Techno media P Ltd New Delhi in Tamilnadu & Kerala [Cochin, Trivandrum, Tirunelveli, Madurai and Tuticorin]
Department Publications:
1. Thamirabarani, the student experimental journal was successfully relaunched in broadsheet format with the support of Dinamalar and twelve issues have been published during the academic year 2004-05.

2. All India Inter-University sports meet the students of Department of Communication brought a tabloid Arjuna 2006 marking the event with the support of Dinamalar and five issues have been published during the academic year 2005-06.
Though the Department does not have a formal placement cell, most of the Students after successful completion of the course are absorbed by media organizations and educational institutions.

The department conducts seminars, workshops and orientation programmes regularly for students, staff and grassroots workers. Media professionals have interactive sessions offering their expertise to the students.

The department actively participates in various competitions conducted by the industry and academic institutions and win laurels. To name a few, the Department of Communication has won the second prize for the entry Thirai Vilagattum in the state level short film competition held by Makkal TV on HIV AIDS awareness in 2007. Sirakugal Viriyattum won a Special Prize in the State Level Documentary Competition conducted on Womens Day 2007 by Makkal TV.
Future Plans
Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi is to sign an MoU with the Department of Communication for setting up of Gyan Vani FM Radio Station in Tirunelveli. CEC, New Delhi plans to set up a Satellite Interactive Terminal (SIT) under Edusat Transmission in the Department of Communication.
For Further Details Contact
Dr. P. Govindaraju, Professor & Head,
Department of Communication,
Ramasubbaiyer Krishnamurthy Media Block,
Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli – 627 012.
Phone:0462-2321380, Cell: 9443126300
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