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All study and no play makes Jack a dull boy!

img_4363Stand up Comedian, what it means to the public and the person who is entertainment for the public. I as a journalist, I would say, such comedians have freedom of speech, they delivery humor using different sentence constructions and the person delivering also has to keep in mind about the slurs he use, as others might be offended.

In an institute like Hmmra, the directors not only ask their dear students to focus of studies, it is a college where a student can relax and enjoy a moment of fun. Here, they host different kinds of shows; one of them was the standup comedian.

The comedian’s name is Masoom Rajwani  and way he was humoring the fellow students was outstanding. He first started with the language barrier, where he gave an example that, one cannot ask a girl out for dinner using Hindi words, because it looks odd/weird. He also was talking about the use of social media, and how it has escalated, which in some ways humor’s the people. Hey, I want to comment on some actress’s picture, of course I would write something really special, thinking some mythical forces will tell that actress to reply me back. Which is again a fantasy, but some people just cross the limit of trolling themselves. Piyush Sharma was so hilarious, and so present minded person, that he was were thorough about what he was speaking. That made him a very selective candidate for the stand up comedy for the students to take a break from the books.img_4343

There are so many other stand up comedians, with more and more hilarious examples. Trust me, those are the people who can actually make you laugh so hard, for the moment you just forget any problems going in the life. Stand up comedy isn’t just a way of relaxing, it sometimes helps people know, what is actually happening in the world and at what levels people are making fool of themselves. Reza Noorani gave pretty good examples of such kinds, and I really came to know such people on social media exist.img_4349

I would even suggest other people, to see such comedy shows or hear a standup comedian, when one can find time. Even if one cannot find, I would request to take a break.

 

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Bridging gap between Teachers and Students.

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The Institute of Harkisan Mehta is one that reduces the gap between teachers and students. Teachers think of students as their colleagues and come into direct contact with the students by helping them to discover themselves.

Teachers put up a challenging question and assignments for students.  For example, can trees fart like humans do? Students actually enjoy this type of challenging questions. It makes them think and brain storm more out of their heads. Answers are right or wrong, it doesn’t matter much, but the interest to think and learn more, reduces the gap between teachers and students. The faculty members of Harkisan Mehta are well trained professionals and help students to learn well and understand his or her weak and good points too. The students get respect when they give respect to their teachers. Teachers at this institute open up their past experiences to students and tell students about what they did, like when they were in tight scheduled situations & when they were even looked down upon or fired & what they learned from those experiences. This too has reduced the gap between teachers and students and has made a friendly study environment at Harkisan Mehta institute. Also, fun chats and jokes between teachers and students and institute assistants and members have lead to a friendly environment to learn in. Teachers at The Institute of Harkisan Mehta try their best to exchange shyness and students’ weaknesses with building confidence in students. During study time there is seriousness and during fun time there is fun. Teachers do their best to make teaching secessions light-hearted and interesting for students to learn well and grasp the concept easily. The access to internet to has been another way where we see teachers and students both use internet for information or knowledge or news and updates. They also use internet to download and send music and movies to each other and upload pictures and chat with each other on social websites like facebook and twitter. At our institute teachers teaching courses like Journalism, Creative Writing, Ad and Pr and Film Appreciation, show the students how to work in the real world when students are pursuing their futures in these courses. Teachers prepare students for future challenges by the method of practical studies.  There’s no doubt journalism has few students, but to work in this field for our futures is quite challenging and awesome. Because more than anyone, you would get to know what’s happening in the entire universe in 10 seconds or in a minute, or in an hour. Our future journalists who deliver any kind of tickers, interviews or news would be called ‘‘Hermes, The God of Messengers’’. 11892140_997954023561041_249401201862843713_n

Our teachers at Harkisan Mehta are those people who take lots of efforts to develop the next generation for the world’s coming challenges. Most students in the world today are thankful to their teacher for teaching them and helping them to become better people. Even old students till today are in good contact with the teachers of Harkisan Mehta. At one point of time, our teachers were students too; so they understand students much better than parents.

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Creating Minds that Question! #HappyTeacher’sDay

05.09.2016.jpgWhat makes a good student great? Perseverance, the will to prove oneself or plain old burning the midnight oil? A student needs to persevere when the going gets tough. The will to prove oneself makes perseverance possible and burning the midnight oil is the process that makes it all possible. In a world of million aspirations and dreams along with countless opportunities it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. Who then is the component or catalyst that creates a student who can tough it out in the real world and be ready to face its challenges head on? It’s a teacher who determines the true worth of a student. They do so by making the students self – sufficient enough to realize their own worth. Being a student is not easy, being a teacher is harder. There’s a lot our teacher’s contribute when they shape us from imperfect clay to a perfect work of art. How they do it is what decides what shape the student takes. First day for a student at HMMRA is like first day at any institute or university. We’re all hopeful eyed, optimistic and enthusiastic minds ready to explore the new environment and make it our own. It’s what happens after that point is what sets HMMRA apart from the rest, once you meet the teachers. Right from the first lecture it’s pretty clear that none of us are here to learn the subject, we’re here to experience the subject so that we may apply it in the real world everyday for the rest of our lives. Our teachers don’t sell optimism to us neither do they tell us we’re going to rule the world. They teach us to understand the world before we may aspire to rule it. They show us the path to being real and give us the tools and favours in form of skill that they impart from their own experience and learning. They don’t call themselves teachers when teaching, they’re students who know better. Now a days even internet can teach you a subject and its application. Google your queries and questions and out comes volumes of information beyond your comprehension. A patient mind can sift its way through that and figure out the essence of the subject. Which is what we need our teachers for, right from childhood, so that we grasp what the subject is trying to tell us. To make a curious young mind question the subject beyond what it’s all about creates minds that cannot be caged by the rules set by the world. It creates not leaders but pioneers, who look at the world from an angle that simplifies it rather than overwhelm. In HMMRA we students learn this lesson right from the very first interaction with our teachers. It not only changes the way we view the world but makes us wonder what more could we do with it. “Be me or better than me”, says Mrs Runa Bhutra, a faculty member. Maybe it’s time the world views academics with such attitude that not only requires a teacher to be generous when imparting knowledge and wisdom but also inspires a student to be generous when trying to take in the core essence of what a subject tries to tell us. They teach us not how to view the world around us, but how we view ourselves in it. When we look at ourselves differently the world automatically looks and feels different. The teachers in HMMRA don’t distinguish themselves from learners, they believe in honing their learning skills each and everday. There hardly may have been any faculty who did not tell us on our first day that they’re here to learn from us as much as they’re here to guide us. They learn while they guide us and we learn as we grow under their guidance. A new and real world awaits us as students. It beckons us, challenges us, calls out to us. To explore it, revel in it, learn from it and change it. To do all that and to be all that we need people who’ve done it and been it. HMMRA offers us its teachers who in their time as a student and newbie out in the real world have made it come true. It is true for every student in the present as it is for the one’s in the past and for the one’s to come in the future, to prove to be tougher than the challenge you face. To be wiser each time you come out of it, no matter what the outcome.

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Let’s meet the 4 wheels of this car we call HMMRA

IMG_3975It takes four sturdy wheels to run a car smoothly. Have one missing, and the car wouldn’t move forward. Let’s meet the 4 wheels of this car we call HMMRA.

They are the back-bone of our system. Without them, oh boy, we’d all be permanently infused with panic attacks.

Ms. Prapti Thakar, Secretary to the Director

IMG_3949She’s the tigress of our lot. The ever so alert, protective of all her students, and always, so organised. She gives HMMRA the discipline it needs and yet, she’s the best person to dance with during parties. She is also the perfect out-station shopping guide for students, when it comes to helping them master the art of bargaining with shop vendors, when the institute organises educational trips! That helped some of our students save a few pennies. She’s always around when you need her for anything, and to top it all, she’s a carom champion!

 

Mr. Amit Shah, Accounts & Purchase Dept.

13244043_10207027974431881_1140530681513274376_oThe master of numbers at HMMRA since the last decade – Amit Sir makes accounting look easy. From maintaining student records to handling the finances of HMMRA, he does it all. The quietest of the lot, you can see him in the corner of the HMMRA office. He’s immersed in his computer screen, yet sometimes, nodding politely as every student walks in for class.

 

Nishi Patel, Graphics & Web Designer cum Peer Mentor

IMG_0001You’re on the first floor of the Mithibai Campus, marching your way towards HMMRA. You hear a loud and comical laughter emerging from far off the distance! That bubbly sound is coming from the ever-humorous, the one with the brightest smile, the most loved staff of HMMRA, Nishi. This sound is so oft-heard, that it is almost the official welcoming song of our institute, haha! Our students call her their superhero! Nishi is a friend, saviour, guide, all infused in one. She knows each of the students so well, that lying to her means always getting caught. She also has a penchant for website and graphic design, which she uses for the institute to her best capacity. She’s approachable and always around, sometimes, saving the day and postponing presentations when the students aren’t ready. Oops, that wasn’t supposed to be public!

Ms. Kamakshi Rawal, Co-ordinator

IMG_3940She’s the latest wheel in the car and the freshest face in the lot. Kamakshi is the bridge between students and the faculty. From arranging lectures and informing the students regarding the same, she does her job to the T!

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On our first day at HMMRA, our future seemed so bright!

Anxiously waiting for three days after my interview with the director, I kept opening my mail every now and then…

Beep! A notification!

“Congratulations! You are welcomed to the institute of knowledge with fun and opportunities”, it read. I was overjoyed to be a part of an institute, which not only imparts knowledge in a manner that stays with you for life, but also keeps the students’ needs at its most importance.DSC_0051 (FILEminimizer).jpg

Our journey began with the orientation day. All students came dressed in bright smiles and spoke in excited tones. It was a heart-warming experience to meet and make friends with such creative and talented people.

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It was the first time when the director of the institute, Mr. Soumyadipta Banerjee addressed us from the stage. What we students loved about him and his speech was that he came across as a warm and friendly personality who promised us that this journey would be full of enriching and fun filled experiences. Today, as I near the end of this course, I can say that he really meant it.

The best package of the evening was a guest talk by Mr. Prahlad Kakkar, the Ad guru of India! He needs no introduction. He was gracious enough, as he came directly from the airport, only to be a part of this evening!

DSC_0154 (FILEminimizer).jpgHe had an immensely positive aura, while he spread smiles and hope in the hearts of students with a wonderful speech! He said, that it is important for us to have patience and never let anything or anybody change our focus from what we want to achieve. He opined that most success stories aren’t authentic. He stressed on the need to learn from failure stories, instead of success stories, so that we can learn from what went wrong and are thus warned.

Mr. Om Puri, veteran actor and Padma Shri Award DSC_0080 (FILEminimizer).jpgrecipient, was also one of the guest speakers at the orientation day and he shared his experiences about the industry with the students. His wife Ms. Nandita Puri accompanied him.

This was followed by a session, where students had the opportunity to shoot their questions concerning the field of media, to these distinguished personalities. It was quite astonishing that Ms. Nishi Patel, our peer-mentor and favourite staff member, while co-ordinating the question-answer round, addressed every student by their name, even though she had only met us once! We sensed a feeling of belonging and there was a paradigm shift in our energies, as we felt a personal touch. Ms. Prapti Thakar, shared the stage with her and contributed in making the event a big success!

It was wonderful to hear these stalwarts talk about their experiences and inspire young minds. This was certainly the best way for us to begin this journey, which has been a culmination of some really beautiful memories and exhilarating experiences.

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Here’s your chance to learn stress management from India’s finest trauma specialist

The field of media is run by deadlines. Advertising professionals have to brainstorm creative concepts and deliver quality work in a limited span of time. At times, they face a ‘writer’s block’. Today, journalists cannot afford to be lapdogs. They have to be watchdogs and keep the newsroom brimming with stories. In such a competitive scenario and amidst erratic schedules, it is safe to say that media professionals are subjected to high levels of friction.

No, it isn’t convenient to succumb to difficult situations and give up. Stress management hence becomes crucial for media aspirants, to save the day. At SVKM’s Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media, Research & Analysis, we prepare our students for real life situations. Hence, we invited one of India’s finest trauma specialists to interact with our students.

Seema-Hingorani

She is the youngest psychologist in Mumbai, regularly quoted for her expertise and elucidation in prominent newspapers and magazines like Times of India. She has also been an Official Psycho Analyst for Femina Miss India. Applauded internationally for her research papers, she was one of the trauma experts who were recently sent to Kashmir to treat 5000 flood survivors.

Her clinic at Bandra, Mumbai is frequented by Bollywood celebrities to vent their woes and one might have to wait for months to get an appointment with her. You are wondering who she is. Quoted in more than 2500 articles across media, Dr. Seema Hingorrany was gracious enough to address our students on stress management on special request, as we at HMMRA believe in the holistic development of every student.

The seminar commenced with a short exercise, where Dr. Hingorrany asked the students to close their eyes and ponder on their top three worries for the day.  What was achieved from this exercise was a true realisation of what is bothering one from within. “The first step to tackle stress is being mindful of your stress”, says Dr. Seema Hingorrany. As soon as you notice a physical or emotional stress, you must acknowledge and accept it. She expounded on the need to practice this exercise daily on rising, so as to be aware of our problems and thereby improve problem solving. In practicing mindfulness, we learn to become aware of our thoughts, emotions, feelings, and behaviour so we can interrupt stress cycles before they increase out of control.

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Next, she introduced the students to the technique of compartmentalisation. It includes dividing up the tasks one needs to do and the corresponding stresses, so that they can’t slam into one another. Just as one keeps the peas away from mashed potatoes on the plate, one must focus only on the one thing in front of them, whether it’s the peas or the potatoes. For example, stress arising from family and home must be left at the door and not carried as baggage to the workplace. In this way, one can prioritise situational needs and thereby troubleshoot stress. One must compartmentalise, isolate and focus on different issues separately. Remind yourself that at a given moment, what your role and priority are. “It teaches you how to close doors in your brain. Shut tight. Not to be opened until the appropriate time”, says Dr. Seema Hingorrany, regarding boundary management as an important technique for media professionals, as they cannot afford worries to bother them at work. It may deter them from being optimally productive.

Some students expressed their concerns about stress before a job interview. Dr. Hingorrany encouraged the students to be confident and practice positive visualisation and shared that eating dark chocolate before an interview helps relieve stress. She enlightened the students on including Vitamins B12, D3 in their diet as these play an important role in curbing stress. This was followed by a question-answer session, where Dr. Hingorrany gave her expert advice to the students. The seminar received unanimous appreciation from all the students.

At SVKM’s Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media, Research & Analysis, we regularly organise seminars, master-classes and workshops. Apart from professional skill-building master-classes, we also conduct life lesson imparting sessions in the interest of our students. Log on to www.hmmra.ac.in to learn more.

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An afternoon with Aaj Tak!

IMG_2877As a student of journalism, one thing I find particularly testing is to stand in front of a camera. On the face of it, one would wonder what all the fuss is about. However, there is more to it than what meets the eye. Broadcasting, for me, transcends mere news reporting. Today’s times warrant drama. There is so much more that is, or can, be conveyed on camera. Your eyes, body language, voice modulation, confidence, and alertness, have the potential to leverage a news story. The crux is that it all has to come together in that one moment.

At Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media Research and Analysis, we have regular sessions of practicing reporting on lens. Interviewing people and speaking in front of an audience is an ongoing process. However, operating in a simulated environment, where we have the luxury of time, is a far cry from the pressures of the real world.

Keeping that in mind, on April 29, 2016, our college organised a special session for us. A visit to the prestigious Aaj Tak office/studio. Amongst Hindi news broadcasting channels in India, Aaj Tak is arguably the biggest. Be it excellence in news reporting, or viewership, it is hard to name a channel that can trump it.

All of us, along with our faculty member, Mrs Sonika Tewari, assembled outside the Aaj Tak office in Andheri, East, sharp at 1 pm. Once inside, we were greeted by an amicable man, Mr Manish Shirishkar, their Head Director of Photography, Mumbai.

IMG_2867Straight away, we were guided into the recording studio. Standing at the centre, with a huge green screen in the backdrop, multiple cameras staring, along with blinding lights, was a real eye-opener. It felt like stepping into a Test match arena after having played gully cricket all our lives!

We then shifted our base to the Picture Control Room, a place where there are multiple screens, along with a director who synchronises the frames being shot inside the studio. The next hour or so was truly captivating. In the recording studio now, popular entertainment show Saas Bahu Aur Betiyaan was being shot. As it was International Dance Day, a special programme was planned. Both the anchors, dressed in traditional attire, were performing Spanish dance forms as an opening act. “These days we look at dancing as a prerequisite while hiring anchors,” said Manish nonchalantly.

It was about 1.30 pm at that time and the show was to air at 2.30 pm. The shoot was a race against time. Having read the script just once, and with the clock ticking away, it was fascinating to watch the anchors as they put on an act. Witnessing their presence, clarity of thought, flawless diction, spontaneity, and showmanship, was a massive learning for all of us.

IMG_2889Later, we were given a masterclass on how to record a voice-over. The entire meaning of a story can be lost if not spoken in the correct tone. Only after hearing the recording in person did we understand the extent to which our voice needs to be modulated. Hearing the anchor pour so much emotion into words was stirring.

What followed was an interactive session with Manish. He shared with us anecdotes of his wonderful journey with Aaj Tak. He had joined the channel in 1998, when it was hardly the name it is today. He threw light on his struggles, on how he made his way up from the very bottom. Manish’s passion for his craft struck a chord with each one of us. We were motivated to face the grind that lay ahead.

At the end of it all, I can say for sure that our visit to Aaj Tak was an enriching experience. It gave us a first-hand lesson of what it takes to be a top professional. Personally, I know that the visit will hold me in good stead in the future. Hopefully, I’ll do a much better job the next time that lens zooms in on me.

-Aditya Chaturvedi

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What you did not know about the man who holds it together at HMMRA

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. We’re talking about one such exemplary leader. Our students consider him as friend, mentor, guide and philosopher. His pen is his mightiest weapon. The one with a difficult but renowned name. He is none other than Mr Soumyadipta Banerjee.

A leading journalist for the past one and a half decade, Mr Banerjee is the director of SVKM’s Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media, Research & Analysis. He is the guiding light at the institute. No, he is not that clichéd no-nonsense principal from whom students prefer to keep a safe distance from. His novel and non-conventional ways of leadership reflect in the functioning of the institute. After joining the institute, you will agree to the statement too.

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Our director has a ‘Desi’ style. You will frequently spot him in a kurta. How can we forget Madhur-milan. No, it is not a person’s name. It is the name of his favourite dessert. Perhaps, Madhur-milan is the secret behind his sweet demeanour.

Mr Banerjee has worked as a prominent senior journalist at various publications such as Times of India, Telegraph, DNA, Online CNN-IBN, where many of his articles frequented the front page and became national news. It must be noted that he had been consistently rated as an outstanding performer over his tenure. Mr Banerjee is also the founder at www.bollywoodjournalist.com, where he presents The Indian Film Industry, unmasked. He has been the official film critic for DNA newspaper.

Mr Soumyadipta follows an open-door policy at the institute. This policy is the reason behind the students’ perception of the institute as ‘student-friendly’. He personally hears the students suggestions and grievances during his weekly visits to their class, which receive due consideration by him. Our students never hesitate to talk to him, owing to his amicable and approachable personality. He closely monitors every learner’s progress at HMMRA. He always inspires the students to learn what they love most.

Walk down to the institute on the first floor of SVKM’s campus (Mithibai College) to catch him constantly encouraging and motivating the staff and the students alike.

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What you need to know about Mumbai’s most sought-after media college

vlcsnap-2015-10-09-23h36m05s245Let me introduce you to the Most Innovative Educational Institute in India (2014)’. An institute aimed at delivering the best and real-time media training to all aspirants. Synonymous with ‘student-friendly’, ‘second-home’, ‘one of a kind’ ‘realistic and not bookish Gyaan’. Yes, these are tags our students use to best describe us!

We’re talking about Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal’s Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media, Research & Analysis. Founded by the famous Gujarati Writer and Journalist Late Shri Harkisan Mehta, the institute has been training students under various disciplines and gets them job-ready at the end of the course. Students are offered diploma and post-graduate courses in the areas of journalism, advertising, public relations, creative writing, film appreciation, photography & event management.

We strictly follow a No-exam policy at the institute, as we strongly believe that there cannot be a single question paper that can judge the learning ability or the professional ability of a student. Even better, we give you customised professional projects and assignments to judge how much you have learnt. You see, we do not test students on their memory power. Our faculty doesn’t comprise of professors, but successful professionals from the industry who are domain-experts in their field.

Yes, that means students are exposed to valuable insights and practical learning. The study materials that we use are sourced from the latest developments in the field and not from a book that was written five years back.

The best media companies love us. Why? Because, the companies don’t need to spend money to train our candidates. Obviously, as we make our students job-ready with highly practical exposure over the course. There is hardly a leading media company where our students are not working. This year, The Times of India, Economic Times, Hindustan Times, Mid-day(Gujarati), Zee Group, Disney, DNA, Network 18, BookMyShow, Balaji Telefilms, Spice PR, etc have recruited our students.

Come, let your passion be your profession. We will help you manifest your dream. To know more, log on to http://www.hmmra.ac.in