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Dr. Ujjwala Barve

Ujjwala Barve

Dr. Ujjwala Barve (Program Director) holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Journalism, and also a Master of Arts in Russian. She studied in her home town of Pune, India, and received all of her degrees from University of Pune (now renamed as Savitribai Phule Pune University).

After getting her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Journalism, she worked in a newspaper in Pune as a sub-editor before relocating to New Delhi to work as a newscaster at All India Radio. After a few months she was deputed to the post of Assistant News Editor. During her stay in New Delhi, she continued studying Russian language in the House of Soviet Culture.

After their marriage, she and her husband decided to settle in Pune, and she left active journalism for a few years to study Russian language further, and then work as Russian interpreter/translator. The rise of cable television in the early 90s brought her back to journalism, and she started working as news editor for a local cable TV news outfit. That reignited her interest in journalism, and wanting to upgrade her knowledge she became a student again to pursue a Master’s course in Communication and Journalism. That was a defining moment in her life because she realized that she likes teaching and interacting with young people. She joined as Assistant Professor in Communication and Journalism in the same department.

Dr. Barve immersed herself in academics, working on several research projects, presenting research papers in international conferences, attending workshops etc. Eventually she became the Head of the department, and in that role designed and introduced new academic programs, arranged conferences and symposia, and also accompanied students on various field trips.

She is also a well-known and award-winning TV anchor, and is invited to anchor current affairs TV discussions by Doordarshan, the Indian public service broadcaster. She is a published translator of books from English into Marathi, and one of her recent translated books is about the Indian media business.

She has been actively involved in international exchange programs and has volunteered for AFS (American Field Service) and Rotary International in various capacities. She has hosted several international guests of various ages under different programs. Dr. Barve strongly believes that intercultural experiences are essential for personal growth and a balanced world view, and that is why she sees her current responsibility as Director of the ACM India program in Pune as a great opportunity to contribute to cross-cultural learning.