Pondicherry University is a Central University established by an Act of Parliament in October 1985. It is an affiliating University with a jurisdiction spread over the Union Territory of Puducherry, Lakshwadeep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The University’s objectives are to disseminate and advance knowledge by offering teaching and research facilities, to make provisions for studies in French and integrated courses in Humanities and the Sciences, and to promote interdisciplinary studies and research. The University’s motto is 'Vers la lumière’ meaning 'towards the light’.
The main campus is located at Kalapet, 10 kms from the town of Puducherry, in a serene and beautiful campus of 800 acres adjoining the scenic Bay of Bengal. The University also has campuses at Karaikal and Port Blair which currently offer P.G. and Doctoral programmes.
Established in 2007, the Department of Electronic Media and Mass Communication offers two postgraduate courses namely M.A. in Mass Communication, and M.Sc. in Electronic Media. The primary objective of the department is to provide equal thrust on theoretical and practical know-how in the spheres of journalism, television production, radio production, advertising, public relations, film studies, digital media studies, development communication, health and environmental communication, media and culture studies, photography, photojournalism, e-content development and audio and video editing.
The department aims to nurture cutting edge media professionals with effective communication and critical thinking skills. Further, the department works towards preparing young minds with a strong foundation in technological and production skills, content writing, designing and expertise in media management. Implicit in this is the department’s efforts to ensure that students develop a thorough understanding of society so that they can proactively intervene in developing a just and humane society.