When this semester started I thought development communication and rural reporting would be another subject in boring syllabus of Journalism II year Delhi University where all you had to do was to study the notes, copy and paste from the net to make assignments and do some presentations and then finally write the exams but it all changed this semester particularly this subject and the lessons learnt in this subject would be cherished forever as it had a lot of stuff that we did practically and learnt through experimenting with things and this was only possible due to constant encouragement of our teacher Mr.Abhay Chawla.
What was most interesting and distinct about our development communication classes was the wide spectrum of issues/topics we talked about starting (and ending as well) from dowry to Yamuna to city to laws to women empowerment to marriages to diwali to oral health and my favourite topic why can’t government diversify or may be flexible while implementation of policies and list is very long.Another important aspect of each class was that each class had something different and unusual to offer and this surprise element was what made me wait for these classes during the semester.
The activities we did during the classes were really enjoyable and i liked the way concepts and new ideas were conveyed.But my favourite activity was the Joy of Giving it was a real beautiful feeling to organise and conduct something of that sort with the unused things that just lied at our places.Another activity i liked was the narrate a story i don’t think any text of intellectual competence can help us learn about the traditional media and its aspects that we learnt during that class with little cute froggie (hand-puppet).I even loved our visit to Siri Fort Wall it was like falling in love all over again with my first love History.Even i learnt another lesson from the activity donate a toy (that never happened) that sometimes ideas can fail.I regret missing the visit to Neela Hauz.
Even the idea of doing blogs every week on different development issues was really fascinating.With this whole concept i learnt that internet can be used for much more constructive purposes than just surfing on Facebook and Twitter.Plus, i tried to be as regular and as innovative with my blog.Though i don’t think i did a very good job overall but i must confess i really learnt about some new policies ,views and arguements .
But the highlight of the semester and this subject was making the movie and for me it was a ‘life-changing experience’.I loved the creative freedom that was bestowed upon us to do the movie our way .But the experience was really exclusive to make the movie and the lessons we learnt while we made made the movie or may be mistakes or me experimentation was the real learning and the funn part as well.
Last but not the least i really appreciate the way sir taught us or actually i should say engaged our energies in a constructive way .I simply adored the way each time he came alternative thought ,the way he explained the layers attached to each issue and most importantly he made us think and not just follow the mainstream dominant idea and search for alterantive pathways to a desired goal.I would also like to thank sir for the beautiful video he made for all us,it was really a sweet gesture.Would like to conclude by saying :
“IT WAS AN AMAZING STUFF”