The Department of Communication was established in 1993 and started offering two year Masters Degree programme in Communication with objectives to teach and contour the aspiring students to meet the challenges
in the pasture of media industries and communication studies. Over the past 22 years it has produced successful alumni who are well placed in media organizations in the state and outside acting as catalysts bringing changes in journalism.
Many of them are also pursuing their research activities in various reputed media institutions within the country while others became media educators in this region.
Initially the department in housed in St.Peters Hall then in Shafter’s Hall of St Johns College Palayamkottai. Later the department is moved to the social science block in the main campus during 2000, then shifted to the Ramasubbaiyer
Krishnamurthy Media Block which is donated by Dr.R.Krishnamurthy Chief Editor Dinamalar in 2007. The RK Media Block is the pioneer initiative in India for the University-Industry linkage. The Department of Communication housed in the RK Media Block houses is
facilitated with High roof Studio, Gyanvani On-Air Station, Audio-Video Edit Suit, Sound recording booth, multimedia laboratory, smart class room, library, viewing theater, meeting hall, lecture halls and rest rooms.
The Department is supported by UGC under SAP (DRS) to achieve academic excellence with the thrust areas on‘Impact of Educational Television’ & ‘ICT for Women Empowerment’. The Award of SAP is a proof of the capability and credentials of the learned faculty of this department.
The department has produced two documentary films Ruins & Close Ur Eyes, and also corporate video films for Tuticorin Port Trust and for our University.
The department has organized several film screening and film appreciation events in collaboration with Kanchanai film society Tirunelveli. ‘Shadow of Light’ Photography exhibition by women photographers had a statewide reach. In 1998 Ms.N.C.Krishnapriya
II year student won the first prizefor thebest photograph in International Journalism Contest on the theme ‘Right to Education’, the contestwas launched in 1998 on the occasionof the fiftieth anniversary of theUniversal Declaration of Human Rights by UNESCO
The department publishes a developmental tabloid named as ‘UragaUravu’ beside the event newspaper ‘Pothigai’ and ‘Arjuna’ which is published during the Interuniversity Athletic meet in 1999 and in 2005 besides the student’s lab journal ‘Thamirabarani’ which is published fortnightly
In collaboration with the Tamil daily ‘Dinamalar’ ‘Earn while learn’ programme were introduced for department students, a multimedia lab was established, Voters Survey, Readership Survey was conducted periodically. One of the faculty member wrote a science column named ‘ariviyalayeram’ which is published for more than 1000 issues in Dinamalar.
The Tamil daily ‘Kathiravan’ patronage for the printing of student’s lab journal ‘Thamirabarani’
The department video documented the nellaimassacre ‘OruNatheeyinMaranan’ in collaboration with Kaanchanai Film Society
Joining hands with Navajeevan Trust&Nellai Press Club the department have rescued 17 child labors in our district
Students and faculty members involved in the cleaning project of Nainarkulam water body in association with ‘Pachayaam’
A full-fledged High Roof Multi-Camera Studio, Audio Video Edit Suits with Original Software, Graphic WorkStation with Original 3D & Animation Software, Professional Audio Recoding Sound Booth, Gyanvani Radio Station now upgraded into Online Radio Station named as Manovani.
Multimedia lab with 25 Network Computers with Server Backup, Smart Class Room, Mini Theater, Professional HD recording Video Cameras, Digital SLR Cameras, Digital White Board, Overhead Projects, 3D Projection Televisions, Public Address System, Digital Podiums, multi-media unit and photocopying machine are also available in the department.
The faculty of the department, who worked as journalists earlier continue to interact with the media as well as organizations. On many issues, the help of the Department was sought. The services of the faculty are utilized by the media for training their personnel and other needs. Government departments like Employee's State Insurance Corporation, Regional transport Department, Forest Department, have been utilizing the expertise of the department.
KARISAL THIRAI VIZHA - KTV
KTV is a state level symposium being organised by the Mano Media Club Manonmaniam Sundaranar University’s Communication Department since 2005. More than 500 students every year from southern India will participate and exhibit their talents
The department has about 2000 books, journals and periodicals in its own library in the Ramasubbaiyer Krishnamurthy Media Block, besides the volumes available in the University’s Central Library in the main campus.
MoU have been signed with Asian Media Information and Communication Centre for the Satellite Libraryinstallation in the department library.
The Department has started its student Lab Journal ‘AbishekaTimes’in1994 later renamed as ‘Thamirabarani’during 1998.
‘UragaUravu’ development tabloid published during 1997-2000 with printing support from ‘Dinamalar’
‘The Journal of media Studies’ a biannual refereed journal published from the department of communication since Jan 2010
The Book Readings in Communication published by the publication division of our university
Since the inception of the department, the students have found good placement in various media organizations as well as government organizations. The students have occupied executive positions, National Correspondents for News Media, running the editorial offices as well as television production centers
Established in 2005, MSU Communication Alumni Association creates and maintains a life-long connection between the Institute and its alumni, who number more than 200. In collaboration with an extremely dedicated volunteer board of members, the Alumni Association works to connect alumni, support students and build an unforgettable Institute experience through a diversity of events, programming and services.
Vision and Priorities The mission of the Association is to foster strong bonds between alumni, students and the Institute, to keep alumni informed, and create a network enabling them to remain engaged with their alma mater and help shape it's future through the Association's programmes and services.