- serve the diverse needs of the people of Chhattisgarh;
- contribute to education, development, and promotion of human rights;
- promote creative and original video work; and
- provide opportunities for media training and employment with special regard to the needs of women and people from rural communities.
Jandarshan provides media training and makes films both on commission and as speculative, cultural initiatives. The Media Centre offers video production services, a video archive focused on life and culture in Chhattisgarh, media training, media consultancy, reference materials on the media, and a video library of fiction and documentary films. The Audio Visual Archive collects, catalogues, and documents films and videos relating to present life and past history of Chhatisgarh. The material can be viewed by appointment and copies may be purchased. Click here to view a production list.
The Media Centre is functioning as a self-supporting production unit. It has carried out some commissions as media producer and consultant for departments of the State Government. It has also completed a production for the International Labour Organisation. This film, Accidents Don't Have to Happen, was released in Hindi, Tamil, and English as part of a campaign for safety on construction sites. The production programme for 2002 also included a commission from a department of the University of Birmingham, UK.
The Media Centre offers a one-year course which is 80% practical and based on project work. Designed as a postgraduate diploma with affiliation arranged through Makhanlal Chaturvedi Patrakarita Vishwavidhalaya, Bhopal, the course began in autumn 2002; by 2006, 3 batches of students (a total of 33 people, including 7 women and 16 students from scheduled castes and tribes) had completed their diplomas. Of the 33 former students, 28 proceeded to further training or employment: 21 were employed in the media or managing their own small media enterprises, 2 had obtained places in advanced media courses, 2 were working with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) sometimes using visual media, one was a Sarpanch who had plans to develop video for advocacy and cultural purposes in his village, and 2 found employment unrelated to media. At the end of 2007 a fourth batch was approaching final exams and working on their graduation projects.
Deshbandhu Pratibha Protsahan Kosh (DPPK), Marker, Ltd., the Institute of Scientific Film (IWF), Sheffield Independent Film and Television (SHIFT).