Minati Chaklanavis

Founding Head, Department of Mass Communication
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Minati Chaklanavis is a DD News anchor, career counsellor, academician and author. She has been presenting news bulletins with DD for about two decades. Her long association with Doordarshan has provided her with numerous opportunities of meeting and interacting with people from various fields. She has shared the dais with a number of celebrities including the Presidents of India, H.E. Ramnath Kovind, H.E. Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Dr Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr. Naveen Chandra Ramgoolam, Union Ministers, Governors of different states of India, Chief Ministers, Nobel Laureate, Dr Amartya Sen, Arundhati Roy theatre and film Actors /Directors, Authors and many other eminent personalities.

An academician to the core, Minati is the Founding Head of the Department of Mass Communication, Patna Women’s College, a prestigious college of Bihar. She has also worked with Chanakya National Law University as Asst Registrar. She is an Academic Counsellor with IGNOU for two Master programmes, Master in English and PG Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. Time to time she is invited by different institutions for guest lectures too.

At present, apart from presenting DD News bulletins Minati has been imparting Communication and Soft skills training to students, professionals, govt officials, entrepreneurs for more than a decade now. Her online/offline workshops on Media Literacy, Critical Thinking, Fact-checking are appreciated across India. With her unique style Minati connects with the participants so well that learning in her training programmes becomes a memorable experience. Her sessions are very lively and interactive
Minati is invited by different educational institutions/colleges/ PSUs/Govt. training institutes/ NGOs to address and impart training on Communication and soft skills to their students/teachers/ staff and officials.


  • Communication & soft skills
  • Personality Development
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Career Counselling
  • Fact-Checking


Her academic journey too has been quite impressive. After securing the top position in Patna University in her Master’s degree programme in English, Minati also has done a PG Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication from IGNOU. She has also acquired an LLB degree from Patna University. Two short term courses from leading institutions of India (XLRI, Jamshedpur) and abroad (KIT, Amsterdam,The Netherlands) have chiseled her personality. She is a prestigious Google certified Fact Check Trainer, Google News Initiative, India Network, FactShala Trainer. She also possesses a certificate on Career Counselling.


Apart from contributing to different national English & Hindi dailies like The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Aj etc., Minati has also authored a book titled *Let’s Learn English* for people who aspire to communicate in English.


e was conferred prestigious Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship US for her contribution to mass awareness through different media of communication on health issues especially Sexual reproductive health including HIV/AIDS.


  • NTPC
  • DMI
  • Power Grid, Corporation
  • Punjab National Bank
  • State Bank of India
  • Indian Institute of Hotel Management
  • Institute for Company Secretaries of India
  • Patna College
  • ICFAI, Patna
  • B.Ed. College
  • Magadh Mahila College, Patna University
  • UGC sponsored refresher courses
  • Department of Mass Communication, Patna University
  • College of Commerce