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Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies consists of 4 full time and 2 part-time faculty. In addition to this, the Dept. also consists of a host of guest faculty. Both in-house faculty and external experts come with varied industry experience and with several years of academic/teaching experience as well.


In appreciation of the growing popularity of Communication Studies and the distinct definition, it was decided in November 2000, to have a separate department distinct from the parent department of English. The Department of Communication Studies, however, continues to be answerable to the Department of English in the university.


  • To generate strategies of creative expression, creative thought, and pursuit of knowledge.


  • The department works towards creating skilled creative media professionals with the ability to think critically and pursue ethical action.

Head of the Department

Ms. Sharon Lopez M.A., M.Phil., NET, PGDCRL
Assistant Professor

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Student Run Website:

Single Discipline Program

Dual Discipline Program

2022 – 23

  • Conducted Discourses ’22: On the Politics of Documentary Filmmaking, a two-day national academic conference (21st & 22nd October, 2022).
  • Jugalbandi ’22: a week-long celebration of Indian Dance (September 2022).
  • Draw Until You Disappear: an exhibition of art, writing, and instructions (November 2022).
  • Hosted a zine-making Workshop conducted by (an inter-collegiate workshop) (February 17, 2023).
  • Hosted ‘Famous Beyond Words’, an exhibition and lecture by Prof. BN Balajee (in collaboration with the Dept. of English) (August 18th 2022).
  • Distribution of the “Happy Book”, a teaching tool made by the Department as part of the ISRC, to the children of the Sevashrama (March 18, 2023).
  • Screenings ’23 – screenings of films made by graduating students of Communication Studies (April 2023).
  • Documentation and development of communication material for visitors of Jakkur Lake and the general public, done in collaboration with the NGO Jalaposhan (Jan-April 2023).

2021 – 22

  • The Department of Communication Studies hosted ‘Discourses’21: On the Politics of Protest Expressions’, a two-day virtual event that was held on Zoom and consisted of panel discussions on Day 1 and paper presentations on Day 2. (20th and 21st September 2021).
  • The Department of Communication Studies celebrated the release of the book Mahasena written by our professor, Kala Krishnan (October 22, 2021).
  • The Department of Communication Studies hosted the Jugalbandi Series which is an annual festival of classical and folk dances. This year it was held in collaboration with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations. (November 2021).
  • ‘Love Me In A Hurry’, a Bilingual Poetry Reading and Conversation with Mani Rao and Pratibha Nandakumar’ on October 15th, 2022.

2020 – 21

  • Organized ‘Nrityabol – Conversations on Dance’ (8th-18th July, 2020).
  • Differences in Hindustani and Classical Music – Guest Lecture by GurupriyaAtreya (8th July, 2020).
  • Concepts of Hindustani Music – Guest Lecture by Chandrima Sanyal Dutta (10th-17th July, 2020).
  • Journey in Music – Guest Lecture by Sandeep Das (18th July, 2020).
  • Working of a Radio Station – Guest Lecture by Ahalya Narayan and Nina Karun (18th July, 2020).
  • History of Carnatic Music in Tamil Nadu – Guest Lecture by Balakrishnan Raghavan (21st July, 2020).
  • Radio Plays – Guest Lecture by Mantra Mugdh (23rd July, 2020).
  • Adaptations of Plays and Scripting – Guest Lecture by Atul Kumar (2nd August, 2020).
  • Documentary Theater – Guest Lecture by Anuja Ghoshalkar (3rd August, 2020).
  • Kavaad Katha – Guest Lecture by Akshay Gandhi (6th August,2020).
  • Film & Theater – Guest Lecture by AkarshKhuranna (10th August, 2020).
  • Working in the Production Industry – Guest Lecture by Aparajita Sahay (14th August, 2020).
  • Weaves in India – Guest Lecture by Aanchal Sagar (8th–11th September, 2020).
  • Basic Cinematography – Guest Lecture by Anjuli Sharma (9th to 11th September, 2020).
  • Laxatives for the Soul: Dealing with Creative Block – Workshop by Khushnaz Lala (11th September, 2020).
  • Relationship with Indian Crafts – Guest Lecture by AnjaleeWakankar (22nd September, 2020).
  • Reviewing Dance – Guest Lecture by Joshua Muyiwa (25th September, 2020).
  • Arts Management – Guest Lecture by Masoom Parmar (29th September, 2020).
  • Museum Narratives – Guest Lecture by Akanksha Maglani (24th September–1st October, 2020).
  • Interactive Storytelling and Writing for Video Games and Apps – Guest Lecture by Jugal Mody (29th September, 15th October and 24th October, 2020).
  • Online Journalism – Guest Lecture by Faye D’Souza (4th-18th January, 2021).
  • Rural Journalism – Guest Lecture by Pooja Pande and KavitaBundelkhandi from Khabar Lahariya(21st January, 2021).
  • The Grindmill Songs Project – Guest Lecture by Namita Waikar (6th February, 2021).
  • Organized CommE-Live (5th and 6th March, 2021).
  • News Gathering and Reporting – Guest Lecture by Tanu Kulkarni, Education and Health Reporter, Hindu. [3rd and 10th Feb 2021].
  • Launched Community, the Department’s alumni network (February 2021).

2019 – 20

  • Panel discussion titled Understanding CAA, on Jan 25, 2020.
  • Jugalbandi Series- celebrating the similarities and differences between Indian Folk and Classical Dances (Aug 2019).
  • Writing Workshop by C.K. Meena (31/8/2019).
  • Theatre Workshop by Lekha Naidu (31/8/2019).
  • Workshop on Voice and Public Speaking by Anuj Gurwara (31/8/2019).
  • Screenings – Film and Documentary screenings – (29/02/2020).
  • MoU Signed with Mirador Creative Services LLP in November 2019.
  • Award winning poets/authors are an integral part of the faculty.
  • Faculty-industry connect is strong.
  • Faculty and students present regularly at international and national conferences.
  • Student employability is high and has not faced a dip even during the pandemic.
  • Student placements in CISCO, Goldmann Sacs, Timbre Media, MOSIP, media houses across the country, publishing houses etc.
  • MOUs and ongoing engagements with organizations such as: JSA Advocates and Solicitors, Nordson India Pvt. Ltd, Litcht School of Photography, Advaya Shaale, Maraa- arts and media collective, Richard Andrew Dudley, to name a few.
  • The department manages and runs Radio-Carmelive- the Mount Carmel Radio Club.
  • The department hosts a student run website:
Sharon Lopez

Ms. Sharon Lopez

M.A., M.Phil., NET., PGDCRL.

HOD & Assistant Professor


Mr. Nithin Manayath


Assistant Professor

Manjula Bhat

Dr. Manjula Bhat

M.A., PGDSCM., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Mr. Chinmay Pandharipande


Teaching Assistant


Dr. Manola-Gayatri Kumarswamy

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., NET., PGDC., PostDoc.

Assistant Professor

Placement Policy & Guidelines for Students

The Placement Policy is applicable to all students registered with the Placement Cell of Mount Carmel College, Autonomous, and is to be followed during their entire tenure at the college.

  1. The Placement Officer & the Placement Coordinator are the facilitators and counsellors for placement related activities and will be responsible for all concerned activities & functioning of the Placement Cell.
  2. The Student Placement Committee will be assisting the Placement Officer & the Placement Coordinator in all activities related to placements.
  3. Neither the College nor the Placement Cell guarantees a job. The Placement Cell will facilitate and coordinate the placement activities on campus including bringing in companies, coordinating the recruitment drives, organizing recruitment training and other related activities leading to the successful placements of the deserving students.
  4. Applying for a company, getting recruited, joining a company is entirely the responsibility/decision of the student concerned.
  5. Opting to register for placements is completely the choice of the students. As some would want to pursue higher studies or other opportunities, such students can refrain from registering with the Placement Cell.
  6. Students are required to check the ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA for registering with the Placement Cell before registering.
  7. All final year students with an aggregate score of 60% and above and with NO ACTIVE BACKLOGS are eligible to register for placements.
  8. All registered students are required to MANDATORILY attend the recruitment training conducted by the Placement Cell and meet the necessary threshold of 75% attendance and 80% completion of the practice tests & assessments to qualify for applying to the cos. Failing to qualify may result in re-training of the student at an additional cost which is to be borne at actuals by the concerned student.
  9. The Placement Cell will notify all the registered students about the upcoming recruitment drives through mails and Whatsapp group notifications and not individually. The students are to be alert and keep a track of the notifications and apply as per their interest and eligibility.
  10. Once a student registers/enrolls for a particular company, she is expected to complete the entire recruitment process as relevant and required. Failing to do so, will result in the student being debarred from sitting for further recruitment drives. Exceptions will be made at the sole discretion of the Placement Cell only in genuine cases. Such cases/reasons to be formally communicated to the Placement Office over mail at least one day prior to the drive.
  11. The student has a choice not to participate in the recruitment process of a company after attending the Pre-Placement Talk. If she decides to continue, then she will be bound by the College Placement Policy to attend the rest of the recruitment process of the company as stated above.
  12. Students will not be allowed to participate in the selection process of a company for which she has missed the PPT.
  13. While the Placement Cell will do its due diligence and bring in the right companies, it is the responsibility of every student to check the company profile, eligibility, Job Profile and the Job Role before applying. The same will also be mailed and/or updated on the Notice Boards or social media groups.
    a. Ex 1- If a company requires the applicant to have an average of 70%, be well assured that you meet the criteria before applying to that company.
    b. Ex 2- If the company requires you to have NO standing arrears/backlogs at the time of attending the placement process, kindly DO NOT APPLY to the company if you do not meet this criterion.
  14. If, after being selected by a company, for some reason the student is not satisfied either with the pay, the timings, work allotted, etc during onboarding, she will need to take it up with the concerned within the company. The Placement Cell will not be able to intervene in internal matters. However, it is important that the students reach out to us in case there are major deviations from the terms mentioned by the company at the time of recruitment.
  15. A student can apply to as many companies as she wants and appear for interviews until the first job is secured. A student will be considered to have secured a job if her name appears in the final select list of a company.
  16. The Placement Office of MCC follows a strict “ONE OFFER PER STUDENT” Policy. However, if a student has been offered a job with a CTC less than or equal to INR 2 lakhs PA, she can opt to apply for ONE more company, subject to prior formal approval by the Placement Office.
  17. Once a student’s name appears in the final selects of a company, it is obligatory for the student to accept the offer. Rejecting offers is strictly not allowed. Defaulters will be required to submit a letter to the Principal along with a penalty fee which could be equivalent to one month’s salary being offered by the said company.
  18. Recruitment Process: All companies generally follow the following procedure (however they could be exceptions) –
    a. Presentation about the company & Job Profile (Pre-Placement Talk)
    b. Written Exam (Aptitude / Technical Test)
    c. Group Discussion and/or Task (Assignments)
    d. Interview (Technical/HR/Others)
    e. Verification of Documents
    f. Offer Letter
  19. Students are to strictly ensure the following for all recruitment drives:
    a. Must report on time as mentioned in the schedules
    b. Wear Business Formals for every recruitment process. Students wearing casuals during recruitment process will be sent back
    c. Always carry one folder containing resumes (2-3 copies), passport size photos, copies of mark sheets, certificates & stationery
    d. Compulsorily carry College & Govt. ID Cards
  20. Most companies require applicants to have Govt. ID – Aadhar & PAN. Hence it is advised for all students to apply for these before registering for placements.
    Students are not allowed to contact the Company / HR team directly for any reason through the recruitment process. In case of any issues or concerns, they are advised to contact their Placement Office and discuss their problems.
  21. Strict action will be taken against students found to be engaged in maligning the College or the Placement Office with the companies. Any grievances you may have, are to be brought to the notice of the of the Placement Officer for resolution.
  22. If a student makes any false claims in the Resume/Student Registration Form, her registration will be cancelled immediately and job offer if any, will be revoked.
  23. All companies conduct a thorough background check/verification. If the company finds that you have manipulated your marks / documents in any manner/or mis-represented any information, your job offer will be terminated, and your name will be blacklisted.
  24. Strict discipline needs to be followed by every student during the recruitment process. Any sort of indecent behavior/misbehavior which affects the decorum of the Placement Cell or the reputation of the College or the Company, will attract severe penalty and disqualification.
  25. Unless explicitly permitted by the companies, use of mobile phones is strictly prohibited during the recruitment process.
  26. Malpractice in all forms or marking proxies during the selection process and beyond, is strictly prohibited and those caught indulging in such activities would be debarred from the placement process. Also, note that no concessions in any form shall be made in such cases.
  27. It may happen that the campus recruitment process can stretch till late evenings. Students are required and prepared to be available accordingly. In case of off-line drives, students are to inform their parents and should arrange their own transportation.
  28. In case of virtual (online) recruitment drives, it is the responsibility of the students to ensure they have the necessary equipment (laptop/PC with functional webcam and mic) and sufficient internet bandwidth for seamless conduction of the process.
  29. Students are required to provide correct email IDs and contact numbers at the time of registration. These will be used for all communication from the Placement Cell and the recruiting companies. The onus is on the students to ensure the contact details provided are correct and up to date.
  30. Students are advised to check their mails regularly as all communication related to placements will be sent through mails.
  31. It is mandatory that once you receive an Intent Letter/Offer Letter from the Company, a copy must be submitted to the Placement Office. Failing which, the end semester examination Hall Ticket/results will be withheld.
  32. All students registered for placements will be bounded by the Attendance Policy of the College. Any exception to the above is permitted only through formal approval of the Placement Office and the respective Department Heads.


For all matters not covered in the above policy, the Placement Office will use its discretion to take appropriate decisions as and when required.

The above guidelines are to ensure a smooth process in the best interest of our students and the participating companies.

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