“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.”
- Khalil Gibran
EMRC, NISWASS is the eighteenth Media Centre established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) at Bhubaneswar under a tripartite MoU between UGC, Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) and NISWASS. The Media Centre is fully funded by the University Grants Commission and supervised by EMRC, Bhubaneswar is first of its kind in the entire state of Odisha. The Primary vision is to reach the unreached; to disseminate education through technology of satellite television, internet and webcasting to the students in the remotest parts of the country.
Hence it is the constant endeavor of EMRCs to get the best teachers from across the country to deliver high quality lectures to be telecast on Gyandarshan and Vyas, the 24 hour higher educational channel. With the advent of internet, the activities of EMRC has also diversified, in addition to the educational television programmes, it is also active in developing e-content and e-learning packages for web based education and webcasting through the National Knowledge Network.
The Board of Management (BoM) is the apex body and the ultimate authority for all Administrative, Financial, Academic and Production matters of the Media Centre. The BoM consists of eminent persons from across the country. The BoM meets twice a year to assess and review the activities of the centre to give appropriate suggestions to the Director of the Centre. Dr. Radhakant Nayak, I.A.S (retd.) is the honorable Chairman of the Board of Management.
Educational Multimedia Research Centreis well equipped with the state of the art studio and post production facility making it a frontline centre for educational television productions and Multimedia courses.
The primary mandate of EMRC is:
To produce educational documentaries on all subjects to complement and supplement the regular under graduate curriculum.
To record syllabus oriented video lectures of selected UG subjects from the approved model curriculum of UGC.
To develop e-content programmes for web based education and for the upcoming Virtual University and National Knowledge Network.
The Extension activities of EMRC include organizing regular workshops and seminars to train the interested faculty of all the Universities in the state in TV presentation skills, development of television and e-content scripts etc. and to provide internship programmes to PG students of Mass Communication from across the state of Odisha.
As part of the extension activity, NISWASS with the support of EMRC has started a Disaster Management course as a part of the Asia-Pacific Initiative under the umbrella of United Nations University, Japan. This is an on-line course and the resource persons deliver lectures via video conference from all the above institutions including NISWASS.
Short term vocational courses for the weaker sections of society have started from this academic year in Digital Photography, Videography, Journalism and Mass-Communication. The programme officers of EMRC are the faculty for all the above courses.
EMRC will soon start a full time Master’s Programme in M.Sc (Electronic Media). The well trained faculties of EMRC are media professionals of long-standing experience with National awards to their credit. Their expertise in the field of television production, Tele-films, Documentaries and teaching in Multimedia help the students gain first hand experience in Media and Multimedia Productions. Eminent scholars in Electronic Media from across the country will be the visiting faculty from time to time. In the last one year 90% installation work in the Main studio has been completed. Post production studios are fully operational : Some of the e-content programmes recorded at EMRC Mysore are being edited in our editing studios, and our first production is likely to be ready by the end of January 2013. For complete transparency, an Office Automation Systemfor EMRC Bhubaneswar is created and is fully operational from the month of September 2012. The RDBMS is the first of its kind among all the media centres in the country and comprises of employee management system, achievement/ activities tracking management system, Employee Leave management system, Production management system, Inventory control system, Equipment purchase management, Journey management, Salary management system, Resource person management system, Yearly/ Monthly income management system, Inward-Outward letter Management System, Item wise and group wise expenditure management system, vehicle usage and maintenance management system etc. The RDBMS tracks all the activities of the EMRC and is updated on a day to day basis and is available to the staff by LAN for instant report generation on any activities of the centre.