Fellow Programme in Management - Communications (FPM-C)
The Fellow Programme at MICA is the first programme of its kind in the country. It is an AICTE approved doctoral level programme offered in the communication discipline. Through this programme, MICA aims to encourage both fundamental and applied research in the communication domain.
The FPM aims to achieve the following inter-related goals:
Philosophy of MICA’s FPM
MICA’s FPM is offered in the core area of Communication. The sub-areas of the programme are: 1. Communication and Media, 2. Communication and Marketing, 3. Communication and Culture, and 4. Communication and Social Change
The programme consists of two years of course work and one year of thesis research. During the course work phase, students spend one term at an overseas university department assigned to an eminent communication academician/researcher.
MICA’s FPM is a three-year, full-time residential programme. The first year of the programme is intended to strengthen students' theoretical and research base in the area of Communication. The first year courses are designed to provide students a paradigmatic appreciation of theory and research in communication. First year students take the qualifying examination within one month of the completion of first year coursework. Students successful in the qualifying exam are promoted to second year and become FPM scholars. Those who fail are required to withdraw from the programme.
The second year of the programme is intended for acquiring in-depth knowledge of the sub-areas and related fields. In addition, students are located in an overseas' partner affiliate university department for an entire term to get them acquainted and exposed to the research culture. While located in an overseas' university department, the students are engaged in thesis proposal related tasks – developing and strengthening the review of literature and methodology, finishing the draft of the thesis proposal and auditing a course or two (if necessary).
Students begin working on their thesis from first year itself. They identify three faculty members primarily in the sub-areas of their interest and constitute a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC).
At the thesis stage, the student first develops and defends a thesis proposal. The student then works closely with the TAC on his/her thesis. On completion of thesis research, the student submits the thesis and defends it.
After successful completion of all requirements of the programme, the student is awarded the title of: ''Fellow of the Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad''
The faculty will facilitate classroom discussion. Students will be required to critically read research articles and publications prior to the classroom sessions. An integral part of the self learning process will be a fifteen-hour per week research/teaching assistantship attached to a faculty.
Applicants must have a Masters Degree/equivalent qualification with at least 55% marks or equivalent grade in any discipline of the Humanities /Social Sciences / Business Management having Communication/Journalism/Advertising/Public Relations/Media/Marketing as a core subject. The candidate also should have completed a three-year Bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification after completing higher secondary (10+2) or equivalent.
At least 55% marks or equivalent grade in Five year Integrated Masters Degree programme from any discipline of the Humanities /Social Sciences / Business Management having Communication/Journalism/Advertising/Public Relations/Media/Marketing as a core subject, obtained after completing higher secondary (10+2) or equivalent.
Qualifications described above must be recognised by AICTE/Universities/Deemed Universities.
Foreign nationals and NRIs whose qualifications are considered equivalent (by UGC/AICTE) to the qualifications listed above are also eligible to apply for the programme.
A Foreign National is a person who is not a citizen of India.
A NRI is an Indian who as of April 2013 is working or studying or residing outside India for at least past 12 months continuously.
Candidates with M. Phil. or NET/JRF (UGC) qualification in ‘Mass Communication and Journalism’ or ‘Management’ and relevant work/research experience in a recognised communication/media institution will be given preference.
Final year students appearing for the Master's degree or equivalent examination can also apply. Such candidates, if selected, should be able to produce final mark sheet (proving that they satisfy the eligibility criteria) at the time of accepting the offer of admission failing which the offer shall automatically stand withdrawn.
* Interdisciplinary Nature of Communication
* Critical Review of Research Paradigms in Communication
* Introduction to Theory Building
* Research Methodologies
* Introduction to FPM Studies
* Research Methods-I
* Theories of Audiences and Consumers
* Political Economy of Indian Media
* Development Communication
* Globalisation and Intercultural Communication
* Research Methods-II
* Workshop in Basic Data Analysis and Report Writing
* Theories of Persuasion
* Emerging Media in Digital Age
* Independent Study begins
At the end of year 1, FPM students take qualifying examination.
* Research Methods-III: participatory methods, internet-based research methods, feminist methods, rhetorical analysis, critical discourse analysis
* Area Course 1
* Area Course 2
* Debates in Communication
* Independent Study continues
* Advanced Research Methods
* Area Course 3
* Research Seminar
* Independent Study concludes
In this term, FPM scholars are located in an overseas university department assigned to a faculty.
At the end of year 2, FPM scholars defend their thesis proposal.
Falguni Vasavada Oza
Shubhra P. Gaur
Keval J Kumar
C. D. Mitra
G. S. Gupta
M. M. Gandotra
Pramod K. Nayar
Stage 1: Telephone interviews for eligible candidates.
Stage 2: Shortlisted candidates appear for MICA’s FPM Admission Test. FPM Admission Test is a two-day process organised at MICA campus comprising of Written Test (WT), Group Discussion (GD), Individual Presentation (IP) and Personal Interview (PI).
Candidates appearing for admission test will be provided lodging and boarding on MICA campus.
Written Test (WT)
Written Test will examine candidate's (communication) theoretical understanding, ability to investigate a communication phenomenon and ability to interpret data and draw conclusions.
WT will be descriptive in nature and is based on prescribed readings. Candidates shortlisted after telephonic interviews will be sent prescribed readings via email. They are required to read them critically. Candidates may bring copies of the readings to the WT as this is an open-book exam.
Group Discussion (GD)
Group Discussion will include a group of 6-8 candidates who will be given a GD topic on the spot. The group will be allowed to deliberate and reflect on the topic for first 15 minutes followed by a 30 minutes discussion. GD process will be evaluated by a panel of experts.
Individual Presentation (IP)
The candidate will be given a presentation topic on the spot. S/he will be given 90 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to present to a panel of experts. Candidates will be required to make PowerPoint (PPT) presentations. A computer will be allotted to each candidate for creating PPT. Candidates may bring their own laptops as well. However, each candidate will be required to bring a USB flash drive.
Personal Interview (PI)
Personal Interview will follow the IP where a panel of experts will assess candidate's personality and passion for research.
Detailed test structure and timings will be sent to candidates shortlisted for FPM Admission Test.
Selection to the programme is based on:
1. Performance in FPM Admission Test
2. Consistent academic performance from 10+2 onwards
3. Possession of M Phil or NET/JRF qualification, and
4. Professional work/research experience in media and communication
Application Process and Timelines
The applicants should go through the following application process:
Why do you want to pursue the FPM-C?
What are your career and professional goals?
How do your research interests match with the four sub-areas of MICA’s FPM: Communication and Media, Communication and Marketing, Communication and Culture, Communication and Social Change?
Provide a self-assessment (describe strengths and weaknesses relevant to your career and professional goals).
Describe the key skills, knowledge, and experiences you expect the FPM to develop for you.
4. Copies of academic certificates as instructed in the application form.
Last date for receiving filled in application forms
Tue, Mar 12, 2013
Sending emails for screening interviews
Fri, Mar 15, 2013
Telephonic screening interviews
Mon, Mar 18 to Fri, Mar 22, 2013
Admission Test on campus
Mon, Apr 15 to Sat, Apr 20, 2013
Declaration of result
Thu, Apr 25, 2013
Fri, May 10, 2013
Fees and Financial Aid
From Term 1 to 4, the students will be assigned to a FPM faculty as research/teaching assistants for fifteen hours per week. Apart from this, after the successful defence of the thesis proposal, and until the end of the third year, students will be required to take up research and teaching work on campus. Such work, besides opening up research avenues, should contribute to the student's learning and experience.
FPM students will be encouraged to present papers, which have been submitted to and accepted at professional conferences. FPM students will also be required to publish research papers in refereed journals.
The institute will provide a laptop to each student at the time of registration after admission. The laptop has to be returned to the institute when the student finally leaves the institute. The student will be provided office space as well.
All students (except sponsored students) admitted to the programme will be given a fellowship and contingency allowance. The present stipend is Rs 20, 000, Rs 22, 000 and Rs 25, 000 per month for first, second and third year respectively. In addition to the stipend, a contingency grant of Rs. 25,000 in the first year and Rs. 30,000 in each of the second and third years will be available to the students for academic expenses like case material, books, travel, data collection expenses, thesis expenses etc. Students will be permitted to carry over surpluses to the following years.
Lodging and Boarding
FPM students will bear their lodging and boarding expenses. Limited twin-sharing accommodation for single students may be available on campus on subsidised rates.
Various fees charged by Institute from FPM students are:
Fee to be paid along with completed FPM application form
Fee to be paid along with the acceptance of admission offer
*Rs. 15, 000 will be refunded after successful completion of first year and 5, 000 after successful completion of the programme.
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