Double Master’s and M.Phil. Degrees and other certificates (details below):
M.A. Media Studies, New School for Social Research, (New York, USA), 1987.
Phil. English Literature, University of Delhi, 1982.
M.A. English Literature, University of Delhi, 1977.
B.A. (Hons) English Literature, University of Delhi (Lady Shri Ram College), 1975.
Certificate, Film Appreciation Course, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Summer 1980.
Certificate, First National Film Appreciation Teacher’s Training Workshop, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Summer 1982.
Certificate, First Course in French, Alliance Francaise de Delhi, March – May 1992.
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS:
Salzburg Seminar Fellow. Was a Fellow to the Salzburg Seminar’s Session 306 on “Literature and Politics“, July 1993, Salzburg, Austria.
Delegate, Thirty-second Robert Flaherty International Documentary Film Seminar, Aurora, New York, August 1986.
Sir Ratan Tata scholarship for study abroad in 1984-85.
Sir Dorabji Tata scholarship for study abroad in 1984-85.
Lotus Trust scholarship for study abroad in 1984-85.
Media Studies Scholarship (1984-85), New School for Social Research.
Technical Assistantship (Spring 1985), New School for Social Research.
Erwin and Rose F. Wolfson Foundation Scholarship (1985-86), New School for Social Research.
Graduate Incentive Award of Altrusa International (an American professional women’s organization), New York, 1986.
WORK EXPERIENCE – MEDIA AND ACADEMIA
Since June 2005 I have been working for the Public Service Broadcasting Trust in various capacities and functions.
Lecturer, Journalism Department, Lady Shri Ram College for Women
Freelance Radio Journalism July 1999 to July 2002.
Academic Director, Amity School of Journalism and Communication ,June 1998 to June 1999.
Principal, Times School of Journalism, Times of India group, July 1996 to May 1998.
Editor, UBSPD (a leading publishing house), April-June 1996
Freelance Journalist and Broadcaster, October 1993-March 1996
Sponsoring Editor, Rupa & Co. and HarperCollins India,
Editor, HarperCollins India, Freelance Journalist and Broadcaster, July 1991 to May 1992,
Film Critic, Sunday Observer, September 1991-March 1992. I wrote a regular weekly column on foreign films.
Editorial Coordinator, Observer News Channel (Video Newsmagazine), October 1990-July 1991.
Media Correspondent, The Independent (Times of India group), Delhi Bureau, March-September 1990. This mainly involved covering media policy issues and the arts. I also did photojournalism for my own articles and reports.
Film Critic, Sunday Observer, October 1988-March 1990. . I wrote a regular weekly column on foreign films.
Doordarshan Newsreader, I read the Morning News English Bulletins from November 1989-July 1990.
Lecturer (Research and Evaluation), Jamia Mass Communications Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, 1986-87.
Residence Manager, Sloane House, (New York), for New School of Social Research/Parsons School of Design, 1985-86.
Program Assistant, International Club, Sloane House, New York, 1984-85.
Lecturer, English Literature, at four Delhi University colleges (Kalindi College 1977-79, Maitreyi College 1981-83, College of Vocational Studies 1983, Hansraj College 1983-84) for a period of five years between 1977 and 1984.
Freelance Journalism, Radio and Television Broadcasting.
Two decades of extensive experience.
Freelance Print Journalism, have contributed articles to leading national dailies and magazines including the EconomicTimes, Sunday Observer, Times of India, Statesman, Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Hindu. Subjects have included film, media, arts, books, women’s issues, current affairs.
Freelance Radio and Television Journalism,
Have scripted, narrated, produced and presented programmes, conducted interviews and discussions, and read the news onAll India Radio and Delhi Doordarshan.
Covered the Festival of India in the United States for All India Radio.