Jacob Srampickal appointed director of National Communications Institute

Prof. Dr. Jacob Srampickal SJ

KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – The Catholic Bishops Conference of India currently in session at Bangalore appointed Jesuit Father Jacob Srampickal as new director of National Institute of Social Communications, Research and Training (NISCORT), 3rd February 2012. Currently professor of Communications Studies at Gregorian University Rome, Fr Srampickal is expected to take charge in June 2012.

As president of Unda\OCIC-India, (now SIGNIS) the international communication association of the Church (1992-98) and Asian president (1993-2001), he was the inspiration behind the establishment of the National Institute of Social Communications, Research and Training (NISCORT) of the Catholic  Bishops’ Conference of India in New Delhi, and was its co-founder along with Fr John Noronha former Caritas India director.

“Fr Jacob’s six year experience as director of Communications Studies inRomeand exposure to European academics will definitely help NISCORT to make giant leaps,” said NISCORT founder member and project director Fr John Noronha.

Though still inRome, Fr Srampickal does not hesitate to spell out his vision for NISCORT. He says, “I would like to develop courses that are relevant and meaningful to students so that they can find their place in the mainstream media.”

He also stressed the need to have “more streams of long term courses, and use the resources in personnel we have in the church for training.”

Fr Srampickal, (62) holds a PhD degree in Development Communication from the University of Leeds, England (1987-91) as well as four major diplomas in communications fromIndia.

Besides being Asia representative at the International Catholic Media Council for 8 years (1995-2003) and the first dean of NISCORT (1998-2004), Fr Srampickal was part of the ecumenical jury at 4 international film festivals (Montreal, Leeds,Venice,Berlin).

Fr Srampickal is author of some 15 books including: Understanding Communication (1982), Voice to the Voiceless, Power of  People’s Theatre (1994), Babel to Babri Masjid and Beyond (2003), Cross Connections: Interdisciplinary Communication Studies(2005), Understanding Development Communication (2007). Issues in Media Ethics (2009 , Communications in the Family (2010), and Prophetic Media – Power to the  Alternatives (2011). He has currently four more books on various themes in communications in the press.

He was successful in initiating several creative new projects like the New Delhi Video Festival (2001) for NGOs, national seminars on church and media, online media training for poorer countries from Rome (2005 onwards), a weekly half hour radio programme for migrants from Radio Vatican in Italian, an international bi-annual seminar on theology and communications from Rome. From 2005, Fr Jacob has been consulter to the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications.

Jacob also has been teaching in 18 theological seminaries ofIndiafrom 1991 as visiting professor on the theme of “why communications for priests and the Catholic church?”

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3 responses to “Jacob Srampickal appointed director of National Communications Institute

  1. Hrudya Olichirackal

    Dear Rev. Jacob achen,
    Congratulations on your new appointment! May God’s guidance and wisdom be with you in all your endeavors.

  2. Fr. Joby Kavungal RCJ

    Communications can renew the Church when the Church begin to approach it with professionalism, open mind and willingness to utilize it as an effective means for her fruitful mission… Yes, Fr. Srampickal will surely turn NISCORT a center of communication that helps the Indian Church to rethink, renew and revive the enormous potentials for her growth and development…
    Congratulations and Best Wishes father Srampickal!

  3. dominic

    While it is great news that the clergy are becoming computer savvy what really surprises me is will this information be used for the benefit of the church at large.

    Fr.Srampickal has stated as below in an article which appeared in Vatican Insider

    But the end purpose of communication – as Fr. Srampickal pointed out – is to create unity, harmony, cohesion and community. “Which is exactly what the Church wants.”

    However one, of the most forward cities Mumbai ,has taken off all the email addresses of almost all its churches and institutions from its web official directory.What could be the reason for this?

    Are the authorities afraid of the laity and the clergy getting united into one harmonious and cohesive church which will get rid of all the unwanted elements and result in a stronger community or is it one more example of speaking with a forked tongue?

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