ALIGARH || Celebrated author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alumnus, Dr Frank Islam will inaugurate the Frank and Debbie Islam Mass Communication state of the art Auditorium-cum-Preview Theatre of the Department of Mass Communication on October 16, an official said on Tuesday.
Dr Islam donated a grant of Rs one crore for the project. The department already has a three-camera state of the art studio.
AMU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor will preside over the inaugural function. The inaugural of the state-of-art auditorium with a seating capacity of 150 people comes after the establishment of a three-camera studio at the Department of Mass Communications.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Akhtar Haseeb, Dr Abdullah Abdullah (USA), Syed Ali Rizvi (USA) and Professor Akbar Husain, Dean, Faculty of Social Science will also grace the occasion.
The Frank and Debbie Islam Trust, in collaboration with the Department of Mass Communication will honour two eminent alumni of the department Romana Israr (Anchor, ABP News) and Anuj Kumar (Senior Assistant Editor, The Hindu) and three prominent local journalists – Santosh Sharma (Dainik Jagran), Pranav Agarwal (The Hindustan) and Mohammad Kamran (News 18, Urdu) will also receive the honour.
Established in 1938 by Chaudhary Reham Ali Hashmi, author of Fanne Sahafat (Art of News), the Department of Mass Communications offers Masters in Mass Communications, MPhil and PhD programmes are one of the premier institutions of the country engaged in imparting training in mass communications theories and skills. “Strong academic orientation and extensive, hands-on-training enable the majority of students to get jobs before the result is out,” said Professor Shafey Kidwai, Chairman, Department of Mass Communication.