Dr. Pradeep Kumar Nair (Research Scientist 'A')
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Nair is a communication scholar. He worked in diverse areas of communication including communication research, participatory development communications and communication technology. He is one of the greatest personalities in the field of conceptual advances in media studies.
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Nair has done Ph.D. in the realm of Development Communication from Lucknow University. He is tremendously experienced in teaching. He taught mass communication and research at various prominent mass institutes for more than seven years. Later on, he joined Anwar Jamal Kidwai, Mass Communication Research Center as a faculty. He also worked as a Communication Consultant with World Bank. His responsibilities as AJK MCRC are to:
- Design and promote interactive, innovative and participatory research methods
- Techniques and tools to conduct and coordinate various research activities
- Coordinating the Post Graduate Diploma program in Development Communication
Dr. Pradeep Kumar has various publications in reputed national and international journals on:
- Participatory communication approaches
- Media Convergence
- Digital Divide
- Community Radio
He teaches diverse areas of communication at graduate and postgraduate level including:
- Communication Concepts
- Development Communication
- Communication Research
- Theories and Models
Ms. Shaibani Azam (Professor, Digital Graphics and Animation)
Ms. Shaibani Azam has joined the Anwar Jamal Kidwai, Mass Communication Research Center as lecturer in Digital Graphics and Animation. She has more than twenty years experience in teaching. She has been associated with teaching visual effects and 3D animation in various prominent industries in India. Ms. Shaibani Azam has an M.Des. in Visual Communication from the IDC, IIT, Bombay and BFA in painting from MSU, Baroda.
She was the first animator to train at Softimage, Montreal and Milan in 1991. She has good experience in the field of animation. She worked with renowned advertising and feature film producers during her terms with UTV, BUSH FX and Magikraft in Bombay. She worked on:
- Hands-on artist/animator
- Special effect supervisor
- Animator director
Ms. Shaibani Azam has established and run a VFX facility in association with a well-known feature film producer in Hyderabad. She has contributed in various national and international animation films. She worked with various animation director and producers. She also worked as Creative Director-3D at Jadooworks, Bangalore where Ms. Azam directed animation for a number of films, set ups and international pilots. She worked in a team of approximately 150 to work on the outsourced production of the Disney Playhouse series, Higglytown Heroes'.
Ms. Shaibani Azam has won many advertising industry and Indian film awards such as IAAFA and A&M awards, FICCI-BAF awards for excellence in animation and special effects. She joined AJK Mass Communication Research Centre from a big, non-formal educational company. At this educational company, she designed a syllabus for shot-term courses in animation.