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MediaShala- first-of-a-kind design and curriculum- launched at MRIS-46 Gurugram


Navigating unchartered territories in the pedagogic field and translating ingenious ideas into successful ventures have been the hallmarks of MRIS-46 Gurgaon. Upholding the same tradition, MRIS-46 added yet another feather to its illustrious cap of achievements with the launch of MediaShala. As the name suggests, the neoteric concept is bound to metamorphose the whole idea of imparting education.

“Adding media and communication as a subject in the school curriculum has become more significant when the content is overflowing from all directions with the digital media presence. And it becomes imperative that students are taught to differentiate between fake news and real news to create a strong foundation for their thought process,” says Dhriti Malhotra, Director, Principal Manav Rachna International School, sector 46.

 The scintillating event was graced by prominent dignitaries from multitudinous fields of Direction, Media and Communication, Business and Operations, and Principals of prestigious schools of the MRIS family. Present at the event to grace the occasion were industry experts-Prabhu Asgaonkar, Filmmaker director at Sparkelwork Films; Upasana Dutt, Director of India operations at The Economists Intelligence Unit (The EIU) and Vineeta Jerath Grover, Co-Founder & Editor of SUBURB with over 25 years of experience in media and communications. Other eminent personalities present at the event, apart from the school management and staff, were parents of the senior students. Executive Editor, Manav Rachna Schools Sunny Bansal, Sanyogita Sharma senior academician, Ms Sunitha Nambiar Principal of Kunskapsskolan.

“With the opening up of media and OTT platforms, the opportunities are immense for children to explore filmmaking, photography and Podcasting as varied professions. We are happy to introduce Mediashala in our school for students to get the hang of all of this at a young age which shall help them understand their interests better,” said Amit Bhalla, Director of education MR Schools.

Speaking on occasion, Vineeta Jerath said, “I wonder why it has taken so long to add media and communication as a subject in schools. It fits the new education policy mandate of creating student skill development opportunities. A well-designed media curriculum will automatically train the students to filter the content they consume.”

 MediaShala’s concept aims to build responsible capabilities among the students in media and design communication, journalism, filmmaking, photography, and podcasting. The media room specially designed for the students in the school closely resembles the actual media rooms in the offices of electronic media channels. “Apart from providing subject knowledge, we want to groom students into being empathetic global citizens; that’s the rationale behind the prodigious endeavour,” added Dhriti Malhotra.

MediaShala has teachers and mentors who come with their rich experience in journalism and electronic media, having worked with prestigious Television channels.

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