About the upcoming 11th GCA India 2016 conference

The Global Communication Association (GCA), a not-for-profit professional body, is pleased to announce the eleventh international conference (https://www.gcaconference.com/)of communication experts and specialists from around the world, to be held in the historic city of Mysuru (earlier known as Mysore), Karnataka, India, on 28-29 January, 2016.

The University of Mysore which is celebrating its Centennial (
http://centenary.uni-mysore.ac.in/) will be the academic partner hosting this conference. The conference will be one of the highlights of the grand centenary celebrations. 

Established in the year 2007, the GCA objectives are the promotion of academic research in global communication studies among major universities worldwide; facilitation of joint project and research opportunities among scholars and students. More importantly, GCA provides an eclectic international platform for corporate executives, communication specialists, policy makers, academicians, bureaucrats, political leaders, public relations practitioners and co-related industry professionals to meet, interact and generate new ideas for growth.

The 2016 India conference focusing on ‘Ombudsman: Media and social responsibility’, has aroused keen interest amongst many participants from around the globe coming from different academic and industry backgrounds. At a time when there is a massive explosion of the media across the globe, be it of the traditional variety or the new media, it is increasingly being looked upon as a powerful instrument of social change. On the flip side, as with any instrument that can influence vast sections of a society, there are also other ‘powerful forces’ that will misuse the media for vested interests. The purpose of this conference is to engage in key discussions with an intrinsic aim to share information, promote culture, identify challenges, find solutions and exchange the most updated knowledge on various topics of public relations, media and communication.

In the past, GCA conferences have been successfully organized in many other countries across different geographies such as China, Oman, India, Poland, Malaysia, Zambia, Canada, Russia, India and most recently, in Germany. Popular and well-established universities in these countries such as Shanghai University, Sultan Qaboos University, Manipal University, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and The Pontifical University of John Paul II, Asia Pacific University College of Technology & Innovation, Media Institute of Southern Africa, St. Paul University, Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, Christ University and Stuttgart Media University respectively, have hosted as academic partners, the past GCA conferences in the last one decade. More information relating to earlier GCA conferences are available at 

About Mysuru (erstwhile Mysore)

The royal heritage city of palaces and a gateway to wildlife, Mysuru, which is about 140 km from Bengaluru (earlier known as Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka state), has been eminently chosen to host this prestigious global conference on media and communications because of its rich socio-cultural, educational and intellectual heritage. It is the home of the University of Mysore (
http://www.uni-mysore.ac.in/), one of the first universities to be set up in the whole of Asia.

Important dates and deadlines

  • 15 December 2015: Last date for abstract submission
  • 16 December 2015: GCA will send abstract receipt notification latest by this date
  • 20 December 2015: Last date for early-bird registrations
  • 15 January  2016: Last date for full-length paper submission
  • 26 January 2016:  Last date for all registrations ( No spot registrations!)

 Note: GCA will send formal invitations via e-mail, immediately against each registration received, in order to support the foreign participants to apply and obtain entry visa to India.  Please note that the process of applying for and obtaining visa in some countries may take longer time than expected. Hence, all foreign delegates are advised to register to the conference at the earliest and obtain visa in time, without delay.

Glimpses from past GCA conferences