UPES appoints veteran journalist and academician K.G. Suresh as the Dean for School of Modern Media
· In the new role, Prof. Suresh will be responsible for driving academic excellence, faculty development and engagement, brand building initiatives among others
New Delhi, 03 March 2020: UPES- a leading multi- disciplinary & specialization focused University has roped in veteran journalist and academician Prof. K.G. Suresh as the Dean for the newly launched School of Modern Media effective from February 2020. A former director general of IIMC, Prof. Suresh will bring to UPES as a scholar his strong vision for the field of education and his commitment for the media industry. The appointment is envisioned to reinforce the University’s commitment of imparting world-class education, under the leadership of talented and discerning academicians. Prof. Suresh’s strong expertise in the field of media and administrative experience is important as UPES strives to create a holistic professional education ecosystem at its new School of Modern Media.
Prof. Suresh comes with close to three decades of professional and personal experience in the leading institutions of higher education. He is a New Delhi based Senior Journalist, Columnist & Communication Strategist and was last associated with the Indian Institute of Mass Communication as its Director General. Prof. Suresh has also served as Senior Consulting Editor with DD News, Editorial Consultant with Asianet News Network, Chief Political Correspondent with Press Trust of India and Group Media Advisor to Dalmia Bharat Enterprises.
Speaking about his new role, Prof. K.G. Suresh, Dean for the School of Modern Media, UPES, said, “Media today is witnessing unprecedented and fast paced changes in terms of technology and content. It cannot anymore work in silos. In an era of integrated newsroom and convergence media, the industry would be looking for techno savvy, creative and articulate yet socially sensitive professionals and the School of Modern Media aims to meet this ever-growing requirement of the industry. Academia-Industry interface would be the USP of this school with the state-of-the-art facilities and hands on training to boot”.
Prof. Suresh has always enjoyed media and its various facets. A TEDx Speaker, K.G. Suresh was a Member of the prestigious feature film jury & non-fiction jury of Indian Panorama 2018 & 2017 respectively for the International Film Festival of India. He was Editor-in-Chief and Member of the International Jury for the Media Colloquium at the prestigious Delhi Sustainable Development Summit-2015, and the only journalist to represent India at the World Media Conference in Seoul in March 2015. He has also been on the international jury for the Plural+ International Youth Video Festival 2012, organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration. He was the first Indian to be nominated as a jury since the inception of the festival in 2009.
Prof. Suresh sits on the Academic Councils of India’s prestigious institutions like Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Society of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata, Research Committee of Indian Council of Social Science Research, Advisory Council, The Delhi School of Journalism, University of Delhi; Academic Council, Central University of Himachal Pradesh and The School Board of Rabindranath Tagore, Tagore School of Creative Arts and Communication Studies, Assam University, Silchar. He is also a Member of the Awards Selection Committee of the National Council for Science and Technology Communication, Department of Science and Technology and he is an avid traveler having addressed key national and international conferences.
In the past, Prof. Suresh has served as Designated Commonwealth Youth Ambassador for Peace by Commonwealth Youth Program, Asia. In December 2017, PRSI Leadership Award conferred him with the highest Award for outstanding contribution to the Public Relations profession.
UPES’s School of Modern Media is offering undergraduate and post graduate programmes with courses ranging from Journalism and Mass Communication, Digital and Mass Media, Advertising and Digital Marketing and Events, PR and Corporate Communications. The program also offers specialization in Photography and MBA in Media & Entertainment at the post graduate level.
Established in 2003 through the UPES Act, 2003 of the State Legislature of Uttarakhand, UPES is a UGC-recognized university. The University has received 5 Stars for both employability (placements) and campus facilities and 4 Stars for teaching by globally acclaimed QS Ratings. UPES offers industry-aligned and specialized graduate and postgraduate programs through its eight schools: School of Engineering, School of Computer Science, School of Design, School of Law, School of Business, School of Health Sciences, School of Smart Agriculture and School of Modern Media. Given its industry-oriented programs and emphasis on holistic development, UPES graduates are a preferred choice for recruiters, ensuring a track record of 90% + placements over the last few years. UPES is driven by its core philosophy and purpose of delivering outstanding student outcomes.
Sheetal Sharma, Secretary, PRSI
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