Dr Padma Rani

Director and Professor

Manipal Institute of Communication

Qualification: Director


    Dr Padma Rani is Director and Professor at School Of Communication


Subject Semester / Year
Defense Communication V
Media Management & Media Policies I


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
PhD Sociology Jawaharlal Nehru University; New Delhi 1997
M A (Mass Communication and Journalism) Mass communication &Journalism Alagappa University,Karikudi,Tamil Nadu 2009
MA (Sociology) Sociology Centre for the study of Social Systems, School of social science, JNU(Jawaharlal Nehru University)New Delhi 1989
PG-Diploma (NGO Management) NGO Management Annamalai University,Tamil Nadu 2006
PG-Diploma (Human Rights Law) Human Rights Law National Law School of India University, Bangalore 2004
B.Ed The University of Kashmir,Srinagar,J&K 2001
BSc (Honours) in Zoology Zoology Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi 1985


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
School of Communication Associate Director Feb 2015-April 2017
School Of Communication Joint Director April 2017 to December 2017
Technische Hochschule Nurnberg Georg Simon Ohm, Nuremberg,Germany Visiting Faculty Taught courses in Journalism & Intercultural Communication Nov-Dec 2016
University of Applied Sciences. Bremen, Germany Visiting Faculty on DAAD Scholarship Taught a course-“Media, conflict, Peace &Human Right” April to July 2013
School Of Communication Associate Professor Teaching & Coordinator of various committees 2012-2015
Manipal Institute of Communication Reader Teaching July 2010-2012
M.O.P.Vaishnav College For Women;Chennai Head- Communication Teaching & managing the activities of MA communication Programme 2007-2010
Ethiraj College for Women(Autonomous);Chennai Lecturer Teaching- M.A Human Rights & Duties Education 2003-2007

Four Candidates completed their PhD under my guidance. Conducted a study on the communication strategies adopted by the Government of India for Social security schemes 2016-17 (Report in Press) A national level survey on the uses and perception regarding social media conducted in 2017 Editor-Global Media Journal(Indian Edition)


Area of Interest

ICTS, Gender, Media Laws& Policy, Political Communication, Digital Divide, Human Rights

Area of Expertise

Internet &New Media, Political Communication, Media Management& Policy, Communication Research

Area of Research

ICTs, Gender,Media Effects, Human Rights, Alternative Media

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Member of International Sociological Association-Member of Rc14-Sociology of Communication& Culture
  • Member of Asian Media & Information Centre(AMIC)
  • Member of International Association of Media & Communication Research(IAMCR)
  • Chairperson , Communication& Journalism Research Committee; Indian Social Science Congress
  • Life Member of Indian Sociological Society-Member of Rc-14
  • Life Member Indian Women Studies

 R.K.Maya and Padma Rani - “Human Rights of the Mentally Challenged Children - A Case Study of Vasantham” in International Rehab Conference 2006 on Channeling The Challenges Of Disability, Macmillan Series, 2006.  Padma Rani, R.K.Maya and R.Nithya - “Genesis of Water as a Human Rights Issue in International Standards and National Legislations” in Urban Planning and Environment, Macmillan Series, 2007.  Padma Rani and Vineeta Nair - “Empowering resource poor women to use ICT: The case of Kancheepuram” in Journal of Media Studies; Department of Communication; M.S.University, Tirunelveli.  Padma Rani-“Right to information as a tool to promote and strengthen democracy” in Global Media Journal, Indian Edition; Winter December2010.  Padma Rani--Chapter 20 “India: College Radio Tackling Participation and Social Inclusion” of the book-Peoples' voices, Peoples' Empowerment: Community Radio in Asia and beyond; Edited by Kalinga Seneviratne;2012;AMIC publications; Singapore.ISBN:9789814136174 9814136174.  The Asian conference on Media and Mass communication 2013;official conference proceedings ISSN:2186-5906- Dr.Padma Rani-“Privatisation, Convergence and Broadcasting Regulations: A Case study of the Indian Television Industry” pg 387-396  Dr.Padma Rani-A study on the usage of online media by selected Hindu temples in South India in Religion and Social Communication; Volume 14 No.2,2016;ISSN1686-9184.  Vijaykumar, Dr.Padma Rani & Dr.Ravishankar.N.-Systematic literature review of Product Placement in Films-in International Journal of Economic Light(JIEL),Volume6[July-June]17-18;ISSN-2277-3142.

Have consistently guided PG students for their thesis on a wide range of topics