School of Journalism


The University of Delhi’s standing committee on academic affairs approved proposals to start the Journalism School, another School of Transnational Affairs and a postgraduate diploma in Cyber Law and Security. The proposals will now be placed at the Academic Council for final approval.

Admissions for the Delhi School of Journalism start from this year and will proceed on the basis of cut-offs like the other courses. Thirty students will be admitted this year. The five-year integrated degree will have the option to exit after three years with an undergraduate degree in journalism. Some papers will be on data journalism, investigative journalism, foreign languages, and regional languages. The process for applying for the undergraduate course is the same as for other courses. Applicants have to fill the centralised registration form and opt for the course. Admissions will be based on cut-offs. B.A. (Hons) Journalism, a popular course at Delhi University, has already received 45,000 applications from the online form.

The chairperson of the standing committee, Savita Datta, said “Students will be taught discipline-specific and elective courses. There will be a paper on data and investigative journalism along with papers on media and psychology, media and history, editing, writing, and documentary making,” while talking about the structure and syllabus for the five-year integrated journalism programme.

Here, students will have to study two compulsory languages, which will help them report from different regions. There will be four foreign language options – Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and French. There will be two regional languages as well – Tamil and Bengali. Students will have to learn one foreign and one regional language. The journalism students will learn to read, write, and comprehend the language.

The Journalism School may adopt an entrance-based admissions process from next year. The initial plan was to admit students based on an entrance test, which failed to be feasible this year. Six colleges in Delhi University currently offer journalism at the undergraduate level – Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Kalindi College, Kamala Nehru College, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Maharaja Agrasen College, and the Institute of Home Economics.


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Radhika Boruah
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 A school of Journalism and Communication is likely to start from the 2017-2018 academic session in Delhi University. The initiative has been taken by the newly appointed vice chancellor, Yogesh Tyagi.
 The faculty of the new school will regulate the workings of all the Journalism and Communication courses offered by Delhi University in various colleges.Concerning the New School of Journalism and Communication, Professor Tyagi said, “We are planning a new school for journalism and communication. But what we call it will depend on the outcome of the consultation that is to take place very soon with various stakeholders”.
The new school is likely to start with a five-year integrated masters course. The procedure for admission is expected to be entrance exam based, similar to other Masters courses. However, a final call about the admission procedure has not been given. The school, apart from the integrated masters’ programme, is likely to start undergraduate, a conventional masters’, MPhil and PhD programmes as well in the future.

Initially the school is expected to work from the Arts Faculty in the North Campus of the University, with a strength of 30 students in the first batch. The authorities are consulting various stake holders such as teachers, journalists and students for finalising the plans.

With inputs from Times of India

Tooba Towfiq
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