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Faculty – School of Film and Media Meet our Faculty

Faculty - School of Film and Media

Dr. Manju Rughwani

Dr. Manju is a multi‐faceted media, entertainment and communication professional with over a decade of experience in the field of journalism, communication, public‐relations and media training. She has been awarded a PhD by Savitribai Phule University of Pune in 2016. Her areas of specialization are journalism, advertising, public relations, experiential communication, corporate communications and content publishing. She has written several articles in leading national and international dailies publishing firms including Time of India, Indian Express, Sakal Times, The Week, New Global Indian etc. She writes on education, information technology, entertainment, culture and real estate. She served as an India based correspondent for a Hong‐Kong based NRI diaspora magazine ‘Beyond Sindh’ circulated in over 125 countries. To her credit, she has edited two books written by India’s famed fitness and wellness trainer‐Abhimanyu Sable and India’s first bau‐biologist‐Mayank Barjatya. Her hobbies include reading non-fiction books, listening to soft romantic melodies, and making new friends.

Dr. Maja Tabea Jerrentrup

Maja is a well-known German photographer, Nikon-Ambassador, and Adobe Partner and has lectured in countries all over the world, among them Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Morocco, Italy, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Malaysia, China, Cape Verde etc. As a journalist and artist, she was invited to visit Indonesia and Costa Rica. She wrote more than fifteen scientific and practical books about media and many articles, published in German and international magazines.

In her research, she is currently focusing on cultural aspects of photography, and on the effects that visual media exert on people’s psyche. Further, she analyses cultural phenomena such as bodypainting, dreadlocks, and social media. She is also very interested in participatory methods, e.g. in the field of development cooperation.

India has always played an important role in her life. She studied at Loyola College Chennai, later did her doctorate at the University of Trier (Germany) about Indian advertisement, and worked at the Indian Institute of Photography. Indian aesthetics coined her understanding of art.

Dushyant Somvanshi

A Ph.D. Research scholar in Mass Communication whose research focuses on the Audiovisual Storytelling through immersive media in India.

He received his Master’s in communication Studies from Pune University with specialization in Video Production; and his Bachelors in English Literature from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar University.

He holds his expertise in Audio-visual Edit, Direction, Scripting, Screenplay Writing, Production Designing etc.

Prior to becoming a part of Ajeenkya D Y Patil University, Dushyant facilitated his expertise in Doordarshan, the Public Service Broadcaster of India for international and national TV programs like Krishidarshan, International Music Concerts, International Sports Events and many Short Films like Kanher, Smashanatil Sone, Vanshacha Diwa etc.

He has also worked in the Direction Department for ETV Marathi. He has also contributed as an ad film maker for the famous brands like Lokmat Newspaper, Tech Mahindra, Mahindra Motors, Jaihind, Suzlon, Cognizant etc.

He had directed many Industrial projects and corporate films for the companies like Convergys, Cognizant Technologies, Suzlon India Pvt Ltd., WNS, Wipro Industries etc.

Over the last Eighteen years Dushyant has earned a wide spectrum of experience in various fields of audio-visual production which he judiciously blends with the latest academics by heading into the research and education from last 10 years. He was Head of Operations in the International Media School Da’ Media Matricz, He was responsible for teaching Television Production in Digital Eyes Media School and also Visiting Faculty at Garware College, Pune.

In his thirst to have deeper insight into media and its impact on society he has published research papers like ‘The Role of Mass Media in Indian Women’s Health’, ‘Contribution of Image Processing in Smart story telling’ in leading journals.

Sadiya Samdani

Ms. Sadiya Samdani completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Mass Communication & Journalism from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad. She also accomplished her Bachelor of Arts from The University of Pune. She has more than 15 years of Industry and Academic experience, in Broadcast Journalism. Has worked as a Correspondent and Freelance with National & International Media Companies. She has been an academic resource for many prestigious Broadcast and Journalism institutions. She also has Media and Communication experience with many national and international News channel.