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Dr. Pooja Basnett, H.O.D of Journalism in IFIM elaborates on how the curriculum at IFIM ensures best practices of the industry. Read more to know what she advices the youth

Dr. Pooja Basnett
Dr. Pooja Basnett
HOD, BA Journalism
IFIM

Dr. Pooja Basnett is currently the H.O.D of Journalism at IFIM. She has done MS in Communication, M.Phil in Mass Communication, Ph.D. She has 8 years of experience in teaching and has taught various subjects including Communication and Media, Print Media, Audio Visual Media, Media Laws, Reporting, Editing, Media Management, Advertising and Public Relations. Her Research Areas of Interest include Journalism-Print Media, Coverage of Northeast India In the Indian Main Stream Media, Press in Sikkim.

Ques 1: Kindly tell us about your experience in the education industry and what makes it the best industry to work in?

Ans. Educational industry is the best industry to work in because this is the only industry where you directly work with a generation that is young, vibrant, enthusiastic and filled with innovative ideas. It is an immense pleasure to work with this generation who are putting in all the efforts today to make a better tomorrow.  

Ques 2: What are significant challenges that you are facing in bringing out the real vision of the Organization?

Ans. The vision of the organization is “To be the most sought-after destination for quality education in India.” Well...Quality Education is what we focus on. Every student we have comes from various cultural background, upbringing etc. Initially, it did take some time to understand at what level each student is and then we work towards providing what is best for the student. At the same time, we study the need for various corporates and industries and try to bridge the gap by making our students industry ready.

Ques 3: Tell us about some of your experiences and how does your curriculum ensure the best practices of the industry?

Ans. Firstly, the crowd we deal with are experts in modern technology, teaching them through lecture mode may not be the best idea today. Thus, at IFIM we use technology to reach our students. For example, notes on tomorrow’s classroom topic will be sent to them today through LMS. These notes will be in the form of text, audio, video, YouTube links etc. The students come well prepared for the class thereby making the class interesting through debates and discussions. Along with classes, the students get the opportunity to interact with guests from the industries who will give them a real-life picture of that they have been studying. The students are also taken for industrial visits to give them a practical exposure to what they have read only in books. The students are also provided with workshops, certificate courses to keep them up-to-date with the requirement of the industry.

Ques 4: What goals do you have in your mind for IFIM?

Ans. Accredited A grade from NAAC is one of our recent achievements. Being one of the leading educational institutes, my goal now is to achieve Autonomous status and then University status.

Ques 5: There have been talks of IFIM having very different plans of delivering educational expertise to every aspirant, kindly elaborate on it more?

Ans. Yes, at IFIM we do follow the unique style in delivering the quality education which makes students understand their curriculum better. Apart from classroom training, we provide them scope for practical exposure. We have set practical hours wherein they can apply what they have learned in theory. Another important aspect is internships. Each student is provided internship in various organizations; therefore, they learn in real life situations.

Ques 6: How do you plan to build a positive school culture or climate in IFIM?

Ans. We already have a positive culture and atmosphere in college. The students here are very participative and want to try different things. Not just curriculum and studies, but the students have opened various clubs and associations through which various activities such as debates, discussions, cultural programs, quizzes, etc. are conducted. The students themselves take the ownership for various activities and clubs and get things running. This college provides the right platform for the students thus the students here make the best use of the opportunity given to them.

Ques 7: What is your philosophy of leadership? How would you describe your leadership style?

Ans. My style is definitely democratic in nature. The most important aspect of a leader is to lead by example. Until this is done, there will be no trust in a leader. Other important aspects of leadership that I believe in are transparency, approachability, and communication. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. A leader who will not just assign work but will explain and make the team understand the importance of the assigned task will meet both the organizational and the individual goals

Ques 8: What would be your ideal school environment, and how would you encourage that kind of culture?

Ans. Being said ideal school environment should be-a lesser number of students in a class where debates, discussions can be more effective between students. We need to encourage this culture by dividing students into various groups of mix dimension, culture and give them assignments which help students to communicate and work as a team. The faculty members should only work as facilitators rather than teachers.

Ques 9: Any suggestions you would like to give to the current youth and the aspiring students?

Ans. The students that I am dealing with in IFIM are already focused and are working towards a bright future. But there is one important aspect that the youth miss out today - A balanced life style. Every student should learn to adapt a balanced lifestyle, they must also focus on their eating and sleeping habits. Development should be holistic in nature ensuring the growth of the mind, body, and soul.

Last Updated - 21 Jul 2017

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