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Faculty Interview: Ms. Manjula Srinivas, Co-ordinator, KCBMM

Posted on 04 March 2013 by BMMBoxer

Manjula Ma'am

Manjula Ma'am

In our first faculty interview (BMM co-ordinators) in a series of 3, we touched base with Ms. Manjula – Co-ordinator, KCBMM. This soft-spoken lady kindly spoke to us about the importance of the BMM course, what sets it apart from the rest and told us why KCBMM is different from BMM offered in other colleges.

Excerpts from the interview

1. What according to you sets BMM apart from other graduation courses?

Other graduation courses are theoretical, whereas, BMM has practical components that set it apart from the rest. The structure of this course is such that a student will get hands-on experiences that will help him/her in his/her academic + professional life.

2. What skill sets must a student have if he/she wishes to take up BMM after standard 12?

I think this question is not valid in the present context because Mumbai University does not allow colleges to admit students on basis of an entrance exam. As per norms we are required to admit students on basis of merit alone. If you ask me ‘what kind of students should take this course up’ then I’d say that those who are good at writing, those who excel in various forms of communications and are good with creativity – in terms of designing, writing, presenting something in an interesting manner, should take this course up.

3. How do BMM students who seek entry into the professional media world benefit from this course?

According to me, assignments for all 36 papers that cover all genres like photography, creative writing, marketing, management, understanding cinema, and so on give students a thorough understanding of various aspects of the media world.  Further on, choosing the right specialisation in the third year and interning at a company of choice between the second year and third year break helps students understand what they are good at and what kind of work they enjoy.

4. How much weightage would you place on fests and academics in the BMM course structure?

70:30. But then again, one has to theoretically sound to apply all the knowledge practically. And for this one must be thorough in the syllabus and must excel at each module by the end of the term.

5. Some BMM myths you’d like to break?

One BMM myth I’d like to break is that fests are not life. They are an integral part of BMM as students learn a lot – people skills, management of finance, they get a chance to network and so on, but all this does not help beyond a point.

I think students need to focus on projects more and while theories might be redundant because the University has not updated the syllabus, students can make projects keeping in mind today’s requirements, changes, etc.

6. What sets KCBMM apart from BMM as offered by other colleges?

I’d say that KCBMM has stability. For one, our department and most of our faculty has not changed in 13 years. This proves to be a strong base for the course.

Additionally, I have made program difficult by incorporating essential extra components like a Certificate Course, a Program on Contemporary Issues that has been running since 8-9 years now and has been well accepted by professionals. The fact that KC students must take up compulsory internships has proved greatly beneficial too. Our two newspapers – Scribe (serious) and Slubberdigulligan (chit-chatty) gives students a platform to showcase their talents.

I don’t believe in just theoretical knowledge. I believe in challenging my students by giving them challenging projects that they are required to submit within strict deadlines and it is this that pushes them to excel.

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Drugs & Teens: A Match That’ll End in Hell

Posted on 12 September 2012 by Meher Manda (Contributing Writer)

Long ago, when you were young, a drug referred to the tablet your mother gave you when you would catch a cold. And with innocence, sweeps out the need to be prudent. All of a sudden, thrust into the big bad world of college, stress, adulthood and a prospective career, the need to look out for companions and the need to fit in is much higher.

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And are drugs an offshoot of this need? That, I believe, is debatable.

The recent news piece commenting on cops busting drug users outside popular SoBo colleges, did not surprise me, let alone shock. This could be attributed to the lack of ignorance amongst college-goers regarding the increase of drug assumption among the youth. But while we argue about the right and wrong of it all, it is equally important to understand as to why this is slowly becoming such a recurring phenomenon.

With cops resorting to dressing as collegians in order to track down on college going drug users, the entire incident has stemmed up an alarming fact. That perhaps druggies are not as inhibited as one would expect them to be.  While the common notion was that people who consumed drugs did so in the safe confinements of their homes, or places that would not attract much attention, this flamboyant sense of usage, especially amongst undergraduates is a reason to worry.

While it is a common notion to blame urban modernisation to this, the reasons run a lot deeper. Apart from the fact that many teenagers are dealing with stress related symptoms and continuing forms of neglect, one may also look at the allure of the rock and roll fueled drug usage. Also, with an increased need to judge and ostracize, there is a common understanding to resort to antics as such, however unfavourable, to fit in, and be a part of a group.

Also, the taboo subject that drugs consumption is amidst the patriarchal set-up is one such another problem. You see, as we near adulthood, our parents will forever tell us to not smoke and to not consume drugs, because they term it to be bad. And the societal structure is such that they feel if we were to ever be caught doing anything remotely taboo, it would bring shame upon the family.

The way we are approaching the problem of drug consumption is entirely wrong. It is important for the vulnerable, in this case, teenagers, to understand what the consequent effect of their decision is. Even stories of glamorous drug consumers like Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presly and Amy Winehouse, amongst others, have been victims of drug overdose. It is important to create an awareness regarding the perils of drug usage. One must understand that in India, drugs are readily available at optimum rates. And it is important for us to move beyond the horizon of college students and realise that children as young as 10 years old, living in dingy slums, are vulnerable to organic drugs, like hash.

Busting private parties, while may be the need of the hour in order to regulate circulation of illegal drugs, is no way to educate youngsters justifying the illegality of such substances. And perhaps, just perhaps hope that the stark truth behind the disguise for a few moments of bliss dissuades someone to use it.

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