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10 Reasons to choose DGMC
What should a student look for while choosing the right media and communication institute
We list here the top ten things :
The Media and Communication Sector is evolving and growing at a frenetic pace. Trained professionals in this sector are hard to find. There are a large number of institutes offering media & communication courses.

Dr. Mangesh Karandikar, Dean, Deviprasad Goenka College of Media Studies, Member, Board of Studies (BMM), Mumbai University and a Mumbai University Research Guide, gives a low down on TEN things every student should know before making his choice.

Fact 1:
Affiliations & Recognitions:
There are more than 300 post graduate institutes of media, communication and entertainment in India. But only a handful of them have made a mark, have got the best students and structured internship and placements procedures and attempts. Moreover, not all are formally recognized UGC degrees or AICTE diplomas. Approved diplomas or degree courses are better than autonomous certificate courses. Check on the legalities & affiliations before taking a call about any institute. You may land up with doing a course that is not recognised.

Fact 2:
Pedagogy & Curriculum:
To be a media professional, you need to first learn how to create media content, and understand media products to be able to manage them. This requires intensive training and curriculum that is in sync with industry requirements. So check if the institute offers an industry oriented curriculum and practical exposure to the students.. This is a very important aspect that every student should consider before selecting the institute. Check the people on the Advisory Board and the Board of Studies who have structured the curriculum.

Fact 3:
Employability:
Look at Institutes that focus on employability rather than just placements. Bagging the first job, we believe, is only the inflection point of a successful career ahead. Check if the Institute trains you for a career rather than a job. Look out for companies that have visited the campus.

Fact 4:
International Immersion:
The Internet has broken down physical boundaries and with rapid technological advances, your media products reach everywhere around the world. You have to understand two markets thoroughly - the global media market as well as the future rural markets.Check if the course also includes International Immersion where you meet, and interact with media professionals in different countries to gain a perspective on global media business. Only that can give you a global perspective which will help you in your future career in media.

Also check if the institute offers you a Rural Immersion program. Rural Immersion gives you a glimpse of the future media markets and an insight into you prospective consumers in rural India, which is getting rapids urbanized.

Fact 5:
Faculty & Mentors:
Check for the faculty that the Institute boasts of. Do they have the right balance of full time and visiting faculty.Visiting faculty from the industry bring with them their perspective and experiences thus enriching the students education.

Fact 6:
Reputation & Legacy:
It is very important that the Institutes offering courses are run by managements that have a good track record of imparting quality education. Do check which are the other institutions managed and run by the Group.

Fact 7:
Infrastructure & Facilities:
Some institutions do not have the right infrastructure or the media ambience to impart media education. Look for institutions that offer state-of-the-art infrastructure, media labs, shooting floor, post-production editing suites and extensive knowledge resources. When it comes to media, hardware does matter.

Fact 8:
International Affiliations:
Look for Institutions that have academic collaboration with good International Universities. A global perspective helps students in being abreast on international practices and trends in the media and communication space.

Fact 9:
Internships:
Internships play a very important role in the course architecture for any PG program. Internships in the right media companies helps students get an industry insight and hands-on exposure facilitating absorption and employability.

Fact 10:
Research:
Go for Institutes that lays emphasis on Research. Students who are keen to pursue research in media, should look for institutes that have an active research centre and qualified research guides.
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