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Uttarakhand Open University - [UOU], Nainital

Uttarakhand Open University - [UOU], Nainital

Nainital, Uttarakhand Estd 2005 Open University

Interview: Prof. Subhash Dhuliya, Vice Chancellor, Uttarakhand Open University

1. How do you look at your association with Uttarakhand Open University?

My association with Uttarakhand Open University for more than 2 years has been fruitful and rewarding. During this period the university has made progress in application and utilization of new information and communication technology in various spheres. The efficiency and productivity has been enhanced. Uttarakhand Open University works in the system of Open and Distance Learning having 08 Regional Centers, around 300 Study Centers and is spread across the State. The application of new technology has enhanced Student Support Service which is very crucial for Uttarakhand Open University.

2. Please enlighten us about your experience at International School of Journalism?

I have done my Diploma in Journalism from International School of Journalism at Budapest. The Journalism education in our country is in the state of confusion as we are not yet very clear how to blend theory with practice. We have two streams in the Journalism faculty. One is of the pure practitioners without any grounding in academics and the second category is that of the academicians who do not have much idea about news industry functions. My experience at International School of Journalism had been a rational blending of theory and practice where the faculty was drawn from academics and the news industry.

3. Education must be amalgamation of practical knowledge and research, how is this approach formulated at Uttarakhand Open University.

Our university is focusing only right combination of education, training and research. We have already established the Directorate of Research and Innovation. Our research is focused on transforming practical knowledge into theory and concepts which can provide a solid foundation for further theoretical research. The theoretical research is crucial to enhance quality of practical knowledge.

4. Please tell us about the certifications and accreditation that the institution has received.

The Open and Distance Learning mode of education has no provision for accreditation under UGC or NAAC.

5. What is the growth you have witnessed at Uttarakhand Open University over the time?

Our University has expanded its infrastructure. A new Academic and Administrative block has been constructed. The University is offering more then 100 programmes and large number of them have been introduced in the last 03 years.

6. You have been a professor at IIMC, Delhi, please share your experience?

IIMC is one of the best professional institutes in the country in the field of Journalism and Mass Communication. IIMC runs programmes in diverse streams of Journalism and Mass Communication that include training for the fresh graduates and In-service training for army, police and information services. IIMC provided me exposure to expand the area of work and gave me opportunity to various facets of Journalism and Mass Communication.

7.You have done your post-graduation in Economics and Journalism; tell us about your diverse interests.

Journalism as an academic discipline and multi disciplinary in nature and my economics background helped me a lot in the profession and media academics.

8. What are some essential qualities students shall possess to excel in this competitive scenario?

It has been generally observed that our new generation is good at information but poor in knowledge and language skills. The students of the modern age should be fully informed, knowledgeable and strong in language skills. 

9. What are the current projects you are working on?

As Vice Chancellor of the university I have to look after the academics and administration of the university.

10. What are the steps taken to provide education to all sections of the economy?

The motto of the University is to “reach the unreached” and through our reach in every area of state of Uttarakhand, we are providing Higher Education to all sections of the society.

11. You have been involved in writing for newspapers, magazines and course curriculum books, how has the journey been?

I have been involved in Journalistic and academic writings. The Journalistic writing is deals with current and contemporary issues while the academic writing is more theoretical. I have strong grounding both in practice and academics which help me in both Journalistic and academic writings.

12. What will be that one advice; you will want your students to remember for lifetime?

Read, Read and Read a lot.


Brief Bio: Prof. Subhash Dhuliya 

Subhash Dhuliya joined Indian Institute of Mass Communication as an Associate Professor in 1983 in the Department of Indian Information Service and in 2002 became Professor of Hindi Journalism till the time joining the present post of Professor of Communication at IGNOU in April 2006.Resource person at the institute in the fields of international and inter-cultural communication, sociology and economics of information and news media, information and development strategies, organizational communication-role of information and communication in development, governance and management, reporting and editing, media systems etc.

Designed and conducted number of programmes in journalism and mass communication and also contributed as resource person at various universities and institutions such as Delhi University, Allahabad University, Lucknow University, TV Today Media Institute, New Delhi, Times School of Media Studies, New Delhi etc.Worked as Assistant Editor (Leader Writer) with the Sunday Times of India, Times Television and the Navbharat Times from 1989 to 1992. At Navbharat Times, had been in-charge of Sunday magazine and leader writer; global politics as area of specialization.Produced number of documentaries and current affairs programmes for Doordarshan on communal harmony and tribal culture. Directed tow documentaries of tribal communities of Tripura for Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.

Last Updated - 16 Sep 2015

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