Fokiya Akhtar, Assistant Professor

Fokiya Akhtar her teaching experience includes: Senior Lecturer at Manipal University, Dubai and Visiting Faculty at the Media Education and Research Centre, University of Kashmir and National Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, India. She has worked as a Freelance Producer/Director and has produced educational documentaries and instructional television programmes for University Grants Commission countrywide classroom in New Delhi. Ms. Akhtar has also produced, directed, edited and anchored live shows, game shows, current affairs programmes and documentaries for various production houses in India and Oman.

Her documentaries have won official selections and best film nominations at: Mumbai International Film Festival; Golden Gate Fiction and Documentary Film Festival; San Francisco Film Festival; International Children’s Film Festival and Delhi International Film Festival. They include: Children of God, a documentary on special needs children in Dubai (2011) and All Alone and Lonely, a documentary on the widows and orphans of Kashmir (2009). Some of her documentaries can be watched on:  

She also worked as researcher and scriptwriter for daily breakfast programme Early On for radio in the Sultanate of Oman. Her research interests are in film studies, studies on women and children, violence and the media, human rights and child-centered healthcare information. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. from School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, Wales.

She earned her master’s degree from the Mass Communication Research Centre of Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.