Kolkata: Professor Vir Bala Aggarwal, chairperson, journalism and mass communication department, Himachal Pradesh University was conferred with Bharat Nirman award here at the 20th annual award ceremony for her contribution in the field of mass communication.
The Kolkata based organisation Bharat Nirman Organization for two decades has been honouring achievers in diverse fields.
Prof. Aggarwal was instrumental in founding the journalism department in the university in 1986. Holding a doctorate in electronic media, her areas of specialization other than electronic media are communication theory and research, newspaper publishing, advertising, public relations and press laws.
Dr. Aggarwal also has a number of books to her credit, which include Essentials of Practical Journalism, Handbook of Journalism and Mass Communication, Media and Society: Challenges and Opportunities, Media Policies and Nation Building: Select Issues and Themes, Role of Media in National Crisis.