The course has been designed as an employment oriented program for the aspirants of the field to meet the ever-increasing demand for trained human resources in media organizations. It provides a foundation for theoretical as well as practical knowledge of mass Communication and journalism. Several renowned media experts have designed this diploma course of one-year duration (two Semesters), with a comprehensive syllabus. This course, named as Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication andJournalism (PDMJ) was started from January, 2005.
A ‘Project on Science Communication’ has been granted to this centre by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), DST, Govt. of India. It is worth mentioning that such a project was granted for the first time to any institute in North Eastern part of this country. The ‘Special Paper on Science Communication’ in PGDMJ course has been incorporated from the session January-December, 2008 onwards.
In the year 2008, MCSC was renamed as the ‘Centre for Mass Communication and Journalism (CMCJ)’ and brought under the direct supervision of the Principal, Cotton College and PGDMJ course under CMCJ is being run from the session July, 2008- June, 2009.
Since the session August, 2014 - June, 2015, the name of the PGDMJ course has been changed to Advance Diploma in Mass Communication & Journalism (ADMJ) with a new advanced syllabus, which was duely sent to Cotton College State University for its approval.
On 8th September, 2014, the Centre for Mass Communication and Journalism has been dedicated in memory of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, a cultural icon in Assam and a legendary figure in the field of Mass Communication in contemporary Assam in particular and India in general. Dr Hazarika was an Intermediate of Arts (IA) student in Cotton College during 1940-1941. In memory of this great Cottonian, the centre has been formally renamed as Dr Bhupen Hazarika Centre for Mass Communication and Journalism (BCMJ) by Shri Amal Ch. Hazarika (Bhaimon Hazarika) in presence of Prof. D.J. Saikia, Vice-Chancellor, Cotton College State University; Dr Nirada Devi, Principal, Cotton College; Dr S.K. Choudhury, founder Chief Coordinator of this Centre and a host of other distinguished guests. Shri Bhaimon Hazarika was one of the class mates of Dr Bhupen Hazarika in Cotton College during 1940-41 and also a very close friend of Dr Hazarika.
About 85% - 90% passed out students of this course have been getting employment opportunities in various media houses in Assam and also in other parts of the country.