School of Media Studies

About the School

The School of Media Studies (SMS) stresses professional practice that is grounded in a strong liberal education. The programs are designed to equip students with both the best practical training as well as a depth of theoretical understanding to become leaders and entrepreneurs in their fields.

SMS offers its students real-world media opportunities alongside experienced professionals. During the course of their education, students will work in real-life, deadline productions in their medium in Bangalore’s complex and diverse laboratory, supervised by a cadre of professional faculty. There is a strong focus on project-oriented learning. This is supplemented with opportunities for internships and global education. All students are required to undertake an internship at a media organization in India or abroad. In addition, the school offers a mix of courses by visiting overseas faculty as well as online courses by overseas faculty.

The institute is staffed with an outstanding faculty drawn from leading professionals and scholars in their discipline both from India and abroad.


B.A. | Digital Communication and Multimedia

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Dr. Achal Mehra, Dean

Dr. Achal Mehra was most recently Institute Chair, Professor of Journalism, Dean of Strategic Planning & Special Initiatives, and Coordinator of the Design & Innovation Center at IIT Gandhinagar.

He holds a PhD in Journalism from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA, and a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He served as Assistant Professor of Journalism and head of the News Editorial Sequence (1983-1985) at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, and Associate Professor and Director of the Communications Program (1989-2001) at Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania. Earlier, he headed professional training programs at the Asian Mass Communication Research and Information Center in Singapore (1987-1989) and was an editorial consultant to Xinhua in Beijing China (1985-1986).

Prof Mehra is editor and publisher of Little India magazine, the largest circulated Indian publication in the USA, and its online websites, and, which have won 21 Ippie Awards from the Independent Press Association of New York. He has published extensively both in academic journals and professional media. He is author/editor of several books on the mass media, including: Free Flow of Information: A New Paradigm; Newspaper Management in the New Multimedia Age ; Press Systems in Asean States and Communication Development and Human Rights in Asia (with Cees J. Hamelink).

His research interests cover Online Media, Media Management, Investigative Reporting, Media Law, Media Ethics, Media Freedom and Censorship, International Communications, Comparative Media Systems, Mass Communications and Society, Developmental Journalism, New Technologies, Communication Development and Human Rights.

Dr. Vasanti Venugopal, Professor & Associate Dean

Dr Vasanti Venugopal served as Head, Department of Commerce, Chairperson and member of the Board of Studies, founder member of Placement Cell, Student Dean, and Mentor Entrepreneurial Development Cell at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.

Most recently she was an educator, at the National Entrepreneurship Network, Wadhwani Foundation, developing content and designing Faculty Development Programs. The focus was to assist faculty of all disciplines to inspire and engage students from ideation to writing an effective business plans. Her areas of specialization include Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Services Marketing and Cost & Management Accounting.


School of Media Studies is located at the CMR University Main Campus.



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