Faculty

Mr. S.Anwar
Director - QIAMS

S Anwar began his career as a freelance Journalist and photographer, working with 'Aside', a Chennai based fortnightly. He has photographed for a number of magazines and newspapers and also books, including the pictorial book, ‘Raj Bhavans of Tamil Nadu’ – The official residence of the Governor of Tamil Nadu. He was producer of the Hathway Networks C News. He was commissioned by the Archaeological Survey of India to make a series of short films on the Big Temple at Thanjavur, made in commemoration of the 1000th year celebrations of the famous World Heritage Monument. His documentary film, ‘Yaadhum’(All), won several awards, including the Bronze Remi award at the 48th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, USA. He writes for various newspapers and magazines, and a regular column for a national daily.

Dr. N.TAMILSELVI
Dean - QIAMS

Dr. Tamilselvi Shahul has been teaching media studies for the past 15 years. Her areas of interests include Gender and Media, Social Media and Film studies. She has directed various documentaries on social issues. She has presented research articles at many National and international conferences, which have also been published. She has written about Teaching, Women Empowerment, Feminism and authored books on Media, Culture and Society, Development Communication and Media Sociology. She was conferred with Ph.D degree in Visual Communication from Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal, for her dissertation “Newspapers’ Portrayal of Rape in India’. She also holds a Post Graduate degree from the Department of Media Sciences, Anna University.

Dr. A. Nazeema Sikkandar
HOD - Journalism

She began her career as Television News Reader in Doordarshan in the year 1993. Soon she began reading news in All India Radio as well. Currently she works as a news presenter at Raj TV. As a professor she has been teaching Tamil since 2008 and received a doctorate from the University of Madras in 2013. She is an active participant in public debates and hosts events. Dr. A. Nazeema is a recipient of the famous Tamil Nithi Award from Kamban Kalagam. She has also received Thiruvalluvar award, Umaru Pulavar award and many more awards for her contribution to Tamil. The “Silver Jubilee Award in Tamil News Reading” was conferred on her in 2018, in recognition of her 25 years of contribution to News Reading by the Tamil Anchors Association.

Mr. K Kannadasan
Audio engineering

With a Diploma in Sound engineering and Television production from Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Kannadasan has two decades of experience in audio engineering, and has been teaching the subject for the past 14 years. His experience in film and television serials during his stints at Telephoto Entertainment and Sun Television Network is a testimony to his expertise in the field. Some of his famous works in films include Permillange (Hindi), Mitr, My Friend (Tamil, English, Hindi and Telugu), Yellamma (Telugu), and serials like Anjali, Enpeyar Ranganayagi, Mangalyam, Boom Boom Shakalaka to name a few.

Adjunct Faculty

Mr. G.Babu Jayakumar
Journalism (English)

A professional journalist since 1986, Babu Jayakumar began his career in PTI as a trainee journalist. He left the organization as Senior sub-editor after 10 years and joined News Today in 1996 as News Editor-cum-Chief of Bureau and became Deputy Editor in 2002. He shifted to the New Indian Express in Chennai in 2005 as News Editor and was subsequently made Metro Editor and later as Deputy Resident Editor. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Chennai based English monthly magazine, Provoke Lifestyle till 2018. He has contributed articles for the Economic and Political Weekly, National Herald, The Tribune, Scroll, The News Minute, Money Control and many other publications.

Mr. Elango
Digital Marketing / Media

Elango is an entrepreneur, digital marketer, consultant, author & trainer. He is the founder of Elandigital, a digital marketing agency which helps SMEs to achieve their business goals through digital technologies. He has implemented 300 plus web design, digital & social media projects since 2005. Last year, he created the course material for web design and digital marketing training program in English & Tamil funded by FNF, Germany & conducted by TFSC and trained 103 SME owners. He also trained & placed around 150 students in IT/ITES and digital marketing field. He has written & published two books in Tamil, one on self-development & the other on marketing strategies. He did his B.Tech in chemical engineering from Anna University in 1996 and a digital media specialist program at PentaMedia Graphics in 2001.

Ms. Raji Monisha Cherian
Content writing

Raji Monisha Cherian is Graduate in Economics from Bombay University and holds a PG Diploma in Business Administration. She started her career with RK Swamy Advertising, Mumbai as a Copywriter. After 5 years in corporate advertising serving advertising agencies in Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore, she branched out as an Independent Content Writer, Intrapreneur and Consultant in 1996. As an Intrapreneur, she works with start-ups and handles their branding and communication requirements. As a Content Writer, she handles branding, advertising, scripts and digital content for multiple business verticals. Prior to advertising, she worked with Path Finders India –Mumbai as a Field Research Assistant. Apart from Content writing and Development, Raji works as a Guest Lecturer and teaches Organizational Behaviour/ Mass Communication and Soft Skills at leading B -Schools.

Mr. Tharani.G
Animation and Drawing

Tharani has more than 15 years of professional experience in 2D animation and 3D Rotomation. He is a graduate from Government College of fine arts. He has worked in various animation studios where he has shown his expertise as a graphic artist. Some of his famous works include, ‘The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill’ CG TV Series, ‘Thumba’ Tamil feature Film, ‘Kumki -2’ Tamil feature film, ‘Nanthini’ tamil television series, The Butter Been-USA and many more. He has also worked as 3D Rotomation artist at Prasad Studios and DQ Entertainment Limited, in Hyderabad. His passion lies towards painting, animation and teaching enthusiastic students.

Mr. S. Saravanan
Journalism

Saravanan has more than ten years of experience in online media and digital journalism in Tamil. He is an expert in film appreciation and translation. He writes reviews for Indian movies, Hollywood and world cinema and has also translated books from vikatan publications. He holds a post graduate degree in Journalism and Mass communication from the University of Madras. He is also the Editor of Rekkai – a Tamil magazine for kids. He has worked as Chief sub-editor for ‘The Hindu (Tamil)’ online edition and has also served as senior sub-editor in ‘Chutti Vikatan’.

Mr. Radhakrishnan
Photography

Radhakrishnan has specialized in Architectural Photography with over 300 projects executed across the country for various companies. He also a specialist in creating virtual tours for websites, using 360 degree panoramas. He has done many projects in other genres such as Food Photography, Jewelry Photography, Event Photography, Portrait Photography and many more. Exploring the streets of Chennai and doing street photography is his favourite pastime hobby. With a passion in teaching he always updates his knowledge on latest technology and passes it to enthusiastic learners sincerely.

Ms.Supraja Srinivasan
Photography

Supraja is a Chennai based photographer who started her career in photography after a stint in software. She has nearly 5 years of experience in photography. Her professional work includes candid photography, kids folios and dance photography. She loves to shoot nature and abstracts the most. Portraiture and fine art photography is yet another genre she loves to explore. Photography to her is a form of creative expression and she wishes to use it as a medium for creating her own works of art. Currently working on a personal fine art project and she wishes to have her own exhibition soon. She is also well versed with photo editing softwares Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Her other interests include Badminton and roller-blading.

Visiting Faculty

Dr. N.Asokan
Features Writer - Tamil

N. Asokan has twenty years of experience as a journalist. He has obtained PG diploma in English Journalism from Indian Institute of Mass communication(IIMC), affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has worked with various Tamil media houses like kungumam, SUN NEWS, and Kumudam Reporter as sub editor. He has also worked as a special correspondent for Kumudam in New Delhi. After working as senior editor with The Sunday Indian Magazine, he is currently working as Managing Editor in Andhimazhai Monthly Magazine (from 2012- till now). His debut novel Bodhiyin Nizhal won Writer Jeyanthan literary award in 2012.

Mr. Anis.A
Theatre

Anis holds a M.A and M.Phil in Drama and Theatre Arts from Pondicherry University. He taught Theatre at Pondicherry University and as a Visiting Faculty in Sathyabama University and at BOFTA Film and Television Institute. He has written and directed plays. Having worked in a number of movies in association with veteran actor and director Mr. Nasser, Anis directed the movie ‘Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah’ in 2014. He trains actors, conducts theatre workshops and collaborates with leading television channels in auditioning actors for Tamil serials. For the first time in Tamil Nadu, he initiated theatre therapy for inmates of Puzhal Prison and conducted script and music workshops for them. The play ‘Hasiyakarargal’, directed by Anis was performed by the inmates.

Ms. Swapna Sundar
Media & Law

Ms. Swapna Sundar, Director of IP domain Strategy, provides legal and strategic consulting in protection and monetisation of Intellectual Property such as Trademarks, Copyrights, Designs and Patents. She is visiting faculty at NALSAR university of Law, Asian College of Journalism, IIT, Anna University, Symbiosis and NIFT where she provides training on Technology, Law and ethics. In addition, she train men in the Rotary Youth Protection Policy, and train Internal Complaints Committees in handling complaints under the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Act. The IP Smart Workbook - Lab to Market Guide to Inventing; The IP Smart Smart Approach to doing business in India; Occupy Marina! on the Jallikattu Protest in Chennai; and a Module on International Treaties relating to IPR for the NALSAR University are some of her authored books.

Dr. V. R. Devika
Culture & Education

Dr.V. R. Devika is the founder trustee of The Aseema Trust with a PhD on Gandhi. Has authored “Ward 10 – Remembering Rangabashyam” and “Weavers” an English language text book series. She has been an art critic for The Hindu, The WEEK etc and wrote the column “The View from the Wings” for Madras Musings. She is the recipient of several awards including British Council’s Charles Wallace Award for Arts in Education, Goethe Institute’s cultural multiplicator fellowship and an honorary citizenship from the Governor of Maryland USA. A former school teacher, she is on the advisory council of Dakshinachitra and is a classical and folk forms researcher and promoter.

Dr. N. Marxia Gandhi
Historian – South Indian History

A Post Graduate in Tamil as well as History, Dr Marxia Gandhi has PG Diplomas in Archaeology and Epigraphy, and a Diploma in Sanskrit. She has written many articles and books on Archaeology, Epigraphy and Tamil history. She is the author of Thiruvathikai Veerattanam (Monograph on a Siva Temple), Sri Mushnam Boovaraha Permal Temple (Monograph on a Vishnu Temple), and Athiyar Marabu -- From Sangam Age to 13th century CE (Lineage of Athiyar, a Tamil Chieftain). She has translated Dr. C. Sivaramurthy's "Indian Epigraphy and South Indian Scripts" in to Tamil titled "இந்திய கல்வெட்டுகளும் தென்னிந்திய எழுத்துக்களும்." She retired from the Department of Archaeology (Tamil Nadu) as Deputy Superintending Archeologist.

Mr. Amshan Kumar
Documentary Film Making

Amshan Kumar is a writer and film maker for more than twenty five years. He has authored many books on films and his book ‘Cinema Rasanai’ is prescribed as text in many universities in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. His most recent book ‘Aavanpada Iyakkam’ is about making of documentary films. He has directed many notable documentary films and two feature films, ‘Oruthi’ which has won several awards and ‘Manusangada’ which highlights Human Rights has been screened at many international film festivals. He has also won the ‘Caliodoscope Film Festival Award’ at Boston. Some of his other awards include ‘National Film Award’, ‘Indian Panorama’ by Government of India, and Government of Pondicherry Award for best film.

Mr. Manikanten
Advertising and Fashion Photography

Mr. Manikanten is an Advertising and Commercial photographer with over 25 years of professional experience in advertising, fashion and food photography. He is a versatile photographer known for shooting with a distinct flair, displaying his creative and technical skills to create and bring a sensitive approach to his works, resulting in natural and engaging images for any brief. He has represented some remarkable brands and worked with some of the leading advertising agencies, design shops, Publications, Corporate & Film Production houses. Some of his clients include RK Swamy BBDO, Panasonic, Tata salt, Lotte Choco Pie, Aircel, MRF, Ford, Honda, BHEL, SRM University, GRT jewelers and many more. Apart from commercial works Manikanten also has a great passion for teaching young enthusiasts in photography.

Mr. G.Sivaperumal
Photojournalism

Sivaperumal joined the popular Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan in 1989 as a Student Reporter. The very next year he was conferred the “Outstanding Photojournalist award for 1990” in the Vikatan group of publications. He left Vikatan group in the year 1995 and began freelancing for India Today from 1995-1996 and for Outlook magazine from 1997 to 2007. He speaks on Photojournalism at various forums, especially educational institutions, happy to share his experiences with young students. Currently he makes documentaries on renowned families through his production house PARAMPRA.

Mr. Ajayan Bala (Director / Writer)
Film Appreciation

With 15 years of experience in film industry he has worked as Co-director, Actor, script doctor, dialogue writer and director in more than 14 hit films. He has authored more than 31 books on Cinema, Art and literature. His career as a teacher includes teaching Film appreciation and Film criticism at Loyola College and was also part of Loyola Live. He has conducted special workshop on screenplay and acting for Balumahendra library. He is also the recipient of Best Book Award, 2019 by Tamil Nadu State Government, Uyirmai Sujatha Award, Periyar Virudhu, Annam Virudhu and Writer Jeyanthan Virudhu 2016.

Ms.Geetha Narayanan
Gender Studies

Geetha Narayanan has specialized in gender studies and holds her Post Graduation in social work. She has three decades of experience in development and is an expert in Program management, Research, Policy making. She has also worked with various National and International civil societies. She is the core team member of Tamil Nadu Women’s Forum and Tamil Nadu Federation for Women Farmers’ Rights. She has trained many women in gender sensitization, and campaigns on Women’s Human Rights. She is a member of organizing committees such as APWLD (Asia Pacific Forum for Women. Law and Development) at Thailand, Society for Rural Education and Development and has been working with UN Beijing process on Women and UN process on Sustainable Development Goals. She is also guest faculty for educational institutions for students of Social Work and Women’s studies.

Peer Mohamed
Journalist and Media Entrepreneur

Peer Mohamed is a journalist and media entrepreneur in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He worked with India Today Group, Deccan Chronicle, NDTV-HINDU, Puthiya Thalaimurai TV and Thanthi TV in leadership roles for sixteen years. He promotes a digitally native journalistic product "IPPODHU". Ippodhu, an independent digital media company, is now among the top 4000 portals in India. He is convener, Alliance for Media Freedom, a cross-media advocacy group for free speech. He is teaching journalism and English language to aspiring Indian youth. Nurturing entrepreneurs and creating newer digital spaces for inclusive conversations is the most passionate preoccupation. Also, a life and sex coach.