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St Pauls Institute of Communication Education (SPICE) welcomes new batch of FYBAMMC

Degree college is the stepping stone in every student's life, as it gives the opportunity to become more independent and take on new responsibilities, giving the advantage to lead themselves in any direction they want to proceed in life. Keeping in mind the importance of the first day of college in every student's life, St. Pauls Institution of Communication Education conducted an introductory program to welcome the batch of First Year Bachelor of Arts (Mass Media and Communication) students, as they took their first few steps into degree college earlier this week. 

As light is a symbol of brightness and prosperity which expels the darkness, bringing prosperity and happiness in our life, the programme began with the lighting of the lamp by Fr. (Dr.) Dominic Da Silva, Director and Principal at St Pauls Institute of Communication Education, along with newly joined Fr. (Dr.) Plavendran, Assistant Director at SPICE, along with second-year mass media students. 

In his welcome address, Fr. (Dr.) Plavendran welcomed the students warmly, stressing on the need to work hard to achieve goals and milestones. Fr. (Dr.) Dominic further explained the developments in the institute and the addition of a new wing, to accommodate new students and wished them the very best. The cherry on the proverbial cake was the nostalgic address made by current second-year students Zeba Shaikh and Rachael D Silva. Their throwback to the year gone by brought shy giggles from the crowd.  The vote of thanks was delivered by SYBAMMC student, Shivani Nair, ending the programme on a positive note. 

Friday, July 12,2019
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Streaming it right: New paradigms in digital video content


Venue: St Pauls Institute of Communication Education

Date: 28 June 2018, Friday

Time: 4.30 pm Onwards

About the Event

India’s cultural and creative industries are changing rapidly with the advent of new technologies, and video streaming services are at the centre of this revolution. In just one year (2017-2018), the Indian media and entertainment industry grew by 13 percent to reach 23.9 billion. In 2019, the filmed entertainment sector is estimated at $2.8 billion, while the digital video content sector is expected to grow to $3.21 billion.

Mumbai tech talk will explore innovative business models that can help keep digital media successful while providing affordable content by tapping into new delivery media. It will also seek to address the challenge of catering to the growing regional language audience in India, in this era of digital evolution.

Currently, a majority of Indian streaming services bank on subscription and advertising for their revenues. For now, telecom companies are aggregating content and building video streaming subscriptions to get more data subscribers. However, this isn’t sustainable in the long run. The industry will have to think of creative ways to monetize their content and create long-term sustainable models. Newer models are necessary as piracy is on the rise again as more streaming services get exclusive rights to shows and users cannot keep signing up for more subscriptions. Thus, while it is a golden age for content creators, industry experts have yet to figure out what really works. It might be worth experimenting with the ‘glocal approach’, and promote shows and movies from regional languages to reach a larger audience. This gives India an ideal opportunity to build its soft power through entertainment on the global stage

It is against this backdrop, the Mumbai Tech Talk will seek to identify ways and means to grow India’s vibrant digital video ecosystem.


4.30 pm - 5.00 pm - Registration

5.00 pm - 5.05 pm - Welcome Remarks - Dhaval. D Desai, Vice President, ORF Mumbai

Dr. Fr. Dominic D' Silva SSP, St Pauls Institute of Communication Education

5.05 pm to 5.30 pm - Keynote address

Shashi Shekhar Vempatti, CEO of Prasar Bharti

5.30 pm to 5:50 pm - Fireside Chat - The future of entertainment in a Digitised World

David Hyman, General Counsel Netflix, in conversation with Arun Mohan Sukumar, Head, Cyber Security & Internet Governance Initiative, ORF

Panel Discussion


  • Aparna Achrekar, Head of Programming ZEE5

  • Siddhartha Roy, CEO, Hungama

  • Ali Hussein, COO, Eros Now

  • Geet Lulla, Managing Director - India, Gracenote

  • Akash Banerji, Head of Advertising Video on Demand Business, Viacom18 Digital Ventures

  • Girish Menon, Partner & Head, Media & Entertainment. KPMG (Moderator)


  • Mukul Khanna, Head of Digital Content and VAS, Vodafone India

  • Divya Dixit, Head of Marketing, ALT Balaji  

  • Gautam Talwar, Cheif Content Officer, MX Player

  • Nitin Vaidya, Founder, Dashami Creations

  • Manisha Pande, Journalist, Newslaundry

  • Gowree Gokhale, Partner (telecom, media and technology), Nishith Desai Associations

  • Shashidhar KJ, Associate Fellow, ORF (Moderator)

7.55 pm Vote of Thanks  


Thursday, June 20,2019
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SPICE’s 2019 Convocation Ceremony

On Friday, April 26, St Pauls Institute of Communication Education celebrated it’s 7th convocation ceremony. At the event, with around 100 guests present, the Institute celebrated the success and the milestone of graduating with a diploma, of 45 students, from the disciplines of Journalism, Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communication and, Public Relations and Corporate Communications.

The event was graced by the Guest of Honor, Patricia Nath, Convenor and Secretary of Celebrate Bandra. Nath shared pearls of wisdom with the fresh graduates by talking about the importance of self-esteem and determination; two qualities which are priceless to have in the media industry.

She further went on to reiterate her point of determination by sharing the story of how the Times Celebrate Bandra, an event which carved its space permanently on the Bandra canvas, began. She went on to compare and contrast the humble beginnings of Celebrate Bandra to the journey ahead for our fresh graduates. Needless to say, our graduates were filled with awe, admiration and inspiration.

The Chief Guest, Anil Dharker, Director of TATA Literature Live,  threw some light on the need for common sense and logic in one’s career. He went on to urge our media graduates to play their part consciously, in light of the current political climate. “You must do your part, and never stop,” Dharker encouraged the graduates.

On the brink of their bright futures, students received their diploma certificates, with smiles that could light up an entire building, and it did. The cherry on the proverbial cake, was the acknowledgement of the skills and intelligence of three students, who have, over the past 10 months, shown their skill, and ultimately proved their mettle. Three students received the award of Student of the Year, across the three disciplines - journalism, advertising and PR.

Manasvi Narwani, Elsie Sinjali and Christine Cardoz were the three students from the diplomas in journalism, advertising and PR, respectively, to receive these coveted awards. With faces beaming, and with the enthusiasm to take on the media industry, we came to an end of yet another successful academic year.

Saturday, April 27,2019
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Tuesday, April 2,2019
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Masterclass: Govind Nihalani talks about the making of Tamas

Govind Nihalani is an Indian film director, cinematographer, screenwriter, and producer. He has been the recipient of six National Film Awards and five Bollywood Filmfare Awards. His first directorial venture was Aakrosh, which was scripted by noted Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar. It won the Golden Peacock Award for best film at the International Film Festival of India held in New Delhi in 1981. He got his first National Award for Best cinematography in Junoon. He was also 2nd Unit Director/Cameraman for Sir Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” which won many Oscar Awards. His script for Droh Kaal became India’s first official entry for the 68th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category.

His idea for creating Tamas was very personal to him. It goes back to his first memory of blood. In 1947, he saw a man being stabbed in the back by a knife, when he was only a little boy. During that time, there was curfew and his mother pulled him inside the house. “It’s a memory made of few moments” he says, while reminiscing the incident.

When Mr. Nihalani entered the field of cinematography, Tamas became his ambitious project. He had felt strongly for the refugees crossing borders on bullock carts or on foot. “First thing that occurred to me was to make something about the partition”, but he said that over time, the idea faded away. He, from his childhood had seen the repercussions of the partition and the everlasting impact it left on individuals, including himself, around him.

He went on to shoot for Sir Richard Attenborough’s movie “Gandhi” in Delhi. He discovered a book in a place called Mandi. There was a small book store where he went and saw a book named ‘Tamas’ at the top of the bookshelf. Mr. Nihalani was purposively finding for literature related to the partition, when he stumbled upon Tamas. But, with the hectic lifestyle of a filmmaker, he was often too busy and the book was side-tracked and left on the table.

Days after the shoot for Gandhi was wrapped up, he finally found time to read Tamas. First paragraph into the book, he knew he wanted to make a movie on it. Before the book he did not even know who Bhisham Sahni was. Much later did he realize that he was a renowned author his time.

He had several doubts regarding the making of Tamas. He put the thought of Tamas on hold and made Aakrosh. As the movie was nominated in the International Film Festival that year, he went to New Delhi. Since it was nominated in the Panorama category, Mrs. Gandhi (then Prime Minister) wanted to meet all the directors. Mr. Nihalani was only allowed to speak for two minutes since there were a lot of directors in the queue. Initially, he didn’t know what to ask. His mind was only on Tamas. He was so obsessed by the thought of Tamas that he ended up asking a question about it.

“Madam would the Government support the film? A realistic, serious film about partition,” he asked Mrs. Gandhi. He then continued asking if the government will sponsor or fund the movie if someone was willing to portray the happenings of the partition on the big screen. “It will depend upon the time when you make it” replied Mrs. Gandhi. Mr. Nihalani understood that she was trying to point out the political situations in the country when he makes it.

Looking upon the favorable political situation of the country, he finally decided to make Tamas. He had no money to make the movie. He somehow convinced an advertisement company, Blaze to finance the movie and the rest is history.

Mr. Nihalani then went on discussing about the power of cinema. He said, “Cinema has the power to move people, their minds, and their emotions.” One starts to think about the causes and situations that are somewhere buried deep inside the subconscious mind. He continued saying, “Cinema transforms emotion to action.” People then try to act upon the situations and emote it through their actions. “The power of interaction lies between your mind and what is happening on screen. A good director is one who can manipulate minds of people,” he advised the students of SPICE, while talking about the art of directing.

Tamas is a movie about survival and migration of humans. “The partition happened the day it was decided. Not on paper, but when it was thought of, by the then ruling people,” says the multi-talented filmmaker. There were two different parties, two different leagues and two different nations. The central character Nathu is portrayed from an unprivileged and lower caste society who kills pigs for tan and hide. Tamas is basically a compilation of different stories that is linked with one thread. It is about different people and their approach to different things. Tamas is a good example of how people respond to status in society, religious beliefs, education and income. What triumphs is the humanity. Human survived in spite of different point and acceptance on religious and political beliefs.

Saturday, March 23,2019
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Some remarkable words were shared on the morning of 9 March, 2019 at the St. Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai. This was held in celebration of Women’s Day. Four speakers on the panel expressed their viewpoints and engaged the audience with their thought-provoking speeches. The institute hosted  Alpana Parida, a former Head of Marketing at Tanishq; Priscilla Buthello, an image consultant supporting self-positivity; Luis Miranda, a CA currently working towards non-profit organisations; and Merlyn D’souza, composer and musician; who spoke on different themes on womanhood and what it’s like to be a woman in this day and age, in India. 

At the start, we had the Director of the Institute, Fr. (Dr.) Dominic D’Silva, share some wise words on how family is the most important and in today’s age, people tend to be ungrateful. He emphasized the fact that without a mother, there wouldn’t be lives. In addition, he mentioned something essential, that is women deserve respect every day of a year and not just on Women’s Day, and that trying to be appreciative for only a day via text is absurd.

Alpana Parida, a true feminist, spoke on how women throughout history have struggled with having to make endless compromises, and the pain of being rejected because they choose to shift their priorities from the home to wanting a career.  She also gave us an example of her experience that she had herself witnessed, showcasing how women have been tagged with certain gender roles, that in reality are quite neutral. Her speech delved on the upliftment of women, more precisely how women are self-sufficient human beings.

Priscilla Buthello, a mother of three women, has had an inspiring journey of success. She strongly believed that the world should be a gender-balanced community, wherein every person regardless of their gender have the opportunity to strive for better. Her keywords highlighted “Balance for Better”. A career and a family can and should be balanced simultaneously, by both the genders. She pleaded with the students of SPICE to strike that delicate balance between family and career.  She believed that it is possible and in a technological era, it is pretty convenient too.

Luis Miranda, the brains behind a successful organization, CORO that predominantly employs women volunteers, started off the audience on a humorous note and further gave us an insight into the thin line of women being primarily considered as home-makers. His speech focused more on doing what makes one happy and it should be done willingly. The topic of cultural bias was brought into picture, with examples of the Khasi Tribe, where women can only marry within the tribe and a place where families only consider sons to be important and that the lives of women are negligible. Rightfully said by Mr. Miranda, “As society changes, it is important that cultural bias goes away”. His organization, CORO functions on one motto, ‘Take Charge’. He believes that the world has been changing as more girls are being educated. In the end he said a wonderful statement that each person should live by, ‘You should not be afraid to live life on your own terms’.

Finally, going back to her humble beginnings, Merlyn D’souza, musician, composer and director of  various Bollywood classics, explained that every day is Women’s Day and women should be treated with respect throughout the year. Introspecting back to her very own life, one of the tangents that she started on, was humble beginnings lead to a never-ending journey in life. She shared with the audience her journey to success, from the time that the only music she knew was the noise of the trains and azaan, to then performing on stage with amplifiers, mixers and celebrities. Throughout her journey, she has also seen the music industry evolving as she went on to learn various forms of music. Her fundamental idea of living life is, ‘Connect the dots, Connect with each other’. She inspires not just every little girl wanting to sing, but every person to live life the way they wish to. She believes that, ‘Everyone is unique, no one is cloned’. Before leaving, she performed one of the classics from Bollywood and another with a touch of Mozart to it.

The vote of thanks was made by the Dean of SPICE, Carol Andrade, who thanked each guest for taking time to share experiences and words that the students can live by. Nothing feels better than celebrating Women’s Day,because it feels good be celebrated in a world where respect is not earned through hard work but by differences and fabricated superiority.

Thursday, March 14,2019
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