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DIPLOMA IN COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT
 
Why DipCFD?
Knowledge and information are essential for people to successfully respond to the opportunities and challenges of social, economic and technological changes. But to be useful, knowledge and information must be effectively communicated to people. More than 850 million people in developing countries are excluded from a wide range of information and knowledge, with the rural poor in particular remaining isolated from both traditional media and new information and communication technologies which would improve their livelihoods. The "development" in Development Communication integrates the need for communication professionals to know, at least, as much about the concern and concepts of development as much as he knows about communication techniques. This is where Mass Communication-related communication courses and Development Communication separate. The DipCFD program is uniquely designed to prepare the communicators who may solve the problems of development and may enhance the effectiveness of projects with desired results.

Overview
In DipCFD course, through interactive workshops, self-assessments, role-playing activities and video simulations, you gain practical experience initiating and responding to various forms of communication applicable in efficating the development processes. Students learn to handle situations based on a flexible, genuine and self-confident approach when they also gain the skills to collaborate with others and hone their communications toolkit.

Benefits of DipCFD
The participants will be able to:
  • Understand key theories around development and social change; human rights principles including inclusion and equity; and the concepts, approaches, methods and techniques of communication.
  • Apply the knowledge of communication to analyze root, structural and direct causes of social problems.
  • Provide guidance in the application of processes and principles of communication research in development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programs.
  • Guide, manage and facilitate the design and development of effective communication strategies and interventions for behaviour change and social transformation that nurture evidence, and promote the principles of human rights, social inclusion and accountability.
Flexible Learning Mode
The course will be delivered through Flexible Learning Mode that is advantageous and convenient for type of student – in job person, postgraduate student, or else. Following methods will be applied to deliver the course:
  1. Lecture and Exercise Notes in soft copy (.doc, .xl, .ppt and .jpg files) to be uploaded on google site and accessible to students directly in the site or their respective e-mail inbox
  2. Some notes to be posted in hard copy to each student
  3. e-Dispatches and e-Newsletter
  4. Advises and Discussions in Quick Topic online
  5. Evening Classes in Delhi (1 class of 2-3 hours per week)
  6. Online Guidance for Assignments
  7. Cross-Sharing of Profiles, Achievements, Existing-Knowledge, Experiences, and Strories of all students in a particular Diploma course
  8. Field Workshop (7 days) essential for all students after completion of 4 months of course tenure
  9. Monthly Teleconference
  10. Writing of discussion/research paper by each student during or after Project Work
Duration
9 months (6 months course work, 3 months project work)

Medium of Instruction
English

Eligibility
Minimum graduate in any discipline of science, social science, agriculture, management or allied studies.

Program Outline
1) Unit.I: Development Concepts and Perspectives
  • Module.1: Development Concerns and Issues
  • Module.2: Development Interventions: analysis, planning and action
  • Module.3: Participatory Development Techniques
  • Module.4: Citizen Engagement for Development Effectiveness
  • Module.5: Human Rights, Dissent and Social Movements
2) Unit.II: Development Communication
  • Module.1: Principles of Development Communication
  • Module.2: Art and Science of Strategic Communication
  • Module.3: Client Engagement and Communication
  • Module.4: Client Engagement and Partnering
  • Module.5: Communication Research
3) Unit.III: Methods of Communication for Development
  • Module.1: Print Journalism, Photo Journalism, Documentation
  • Module.2: Performing Arts & Theatre, Folk Media, Comics
  • Module.3: Audio, Radio, Video, Television and Documentary Film
  • Module.4: Nonlinear/Digital Editing
  • Module.5: New Media
4) Unit.IV: Applications of Communication in Development
  • Module.1: Strategic Communication for Development Projects
  • Module.2: Strategic Communication for Environment Projects
  • Module.3: Communication Strategies & Stakeholder Consultations
  • Module.4: Media Advocacy and Campaigning
  • Module.5: Communication Plan for Social Movement
5) Unit.V: Project Work

Method of Evaluation
The following methods would be applied to assess and evaluate the achievements of the learners:
  • Assignments (15%)
  • Field Workshop (15%)
  • Unit Examination (35%)
  • Project Work (35%)
Certification
After evaluation of the learners’ gained knowledge and skills, the Diploma certificate will be issued in a graduation function.

Deadline & Method of Application
The next deadline for forthcoming batch of the DipCFD and the guidelines for application should be referred in Admissions section.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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