The non-resident Fellowships offered under the MPL Project straddle the spheres of Curriculum Mapping, Pedagogical Enrichment and Research Incubation. Fellows are identified and selected through the strategic route (instead of a ‘call for proposals’) to maximise traction between their own/ongoing work and the Project’s priorities. Consequently, each Fellowship’s territory of research is collaboratively evolved between prospective Fellows and Project Staff. Over an eight to ten month period, each fellowship leads to a working paper, a public lecture and/or lecture at a project workshop.

1. Prof K.D. Rao, Professor, National Law University, Dwarka, New Delhi

Fellowship Working Title- Auditing the Pedagogy of Media Law in India

The aim of the Fellowship is to analyse courses/modules on ‘media law’ and related domains (Cyber law, IP law) offered by formal law programmes (in stand-alone law schools and universities/colleges) and by professional bodies (e.g. press academies and working journalists groups) and enumerating curricula and research output along three vectors—viz. the object of ‘media’ law; thematic priorities; and, use of case material to contextualise them in light of vision/trend reports by accrediting bodies like UGC and the Bar Council.

2. Dr Shishir Jha, Associate Professor, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), IIT Bombay

Fellowship Working Title-Collaborative Pedagogy in the Age of Information Abundance: The Case of Digitisation in the Publishing & Music Industries

The aim of the Fellowship is to explore the literature on how information abundance is helping to reshape the classroom engagement within knowledge economy. The fellow will examine the various revenue and business models of the newly emerging digital aspects of the knowledge economy with a special focus on publishing and music industries.

3. Mr Manoj Mitta, Senior Editor (Legal Affairs), Times of India and Visiting Faculty, Times School of Journalism, New Delhi

Fellowship Working Title – Legal Underpinnings of Media Regulation: From Analysing Judgements to Examining Jurisprudence

The aim of the Fellowship is to interview judges who have delivered important judgements in the field of Media in order to provide an oral history of Media Jurisprudence in contemporary India. The output generated through such an exercise, both raw (interviews of judges) and final (analyses of the interviews), will not only quantitatively add to the study material available on the subject, but also provide qualitative depth to the material being put together for the larger pedagogical exercise under MPL.

4. Dr. Anindya Chaudhuri, National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi

Fellowship Working Title – Policy Studies in India with special emphasis on heightening flow of information in society and what that entails to teaching policy analysis

The proposed study intends to be a survey of the current status of Policy Studies as it is beginning to be understood and taught. It also intends to focus on the flood of information over society – the outcome of the communications revolution – and how that will shape the field as it is practiced.

5. Prof Santosh Panda, Professor of Distance Education & former director, Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE), IGNOU, New Delhi

Fellowship Working Title – Planning and Designing of Workbook on Policy Studies

The aim of this exercise is to plan and design a workbook on the teaching of Media Policy based on the pedagogy being developed at CCMG under the MPL project. The Workbook will map the content & scope of workshops, outline the aspects of MPL curriculum and its possible outcomes, as also instructional details and self-learning strategies for the same.