Delhi University sets up journalism school, launches integrated Bachelors and Masters course

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Delhi University sets up journalism school

The Delhi University has initiated the process to start the Delhi School of Journalism and will offer an integrated course in journalism from the upcoming academic year.

Giving private colleges a run for their money, the Delhi University has decided to offer an integrated course in journalism from the upcoming academic session.

The country’s revered central university will open its gate for journalism aspirants and offer them a unique degree course called Bachelors and Masters in Journalism.

“Delhi University has initiated the process of starting Delhi School of Journalism which will allow students to pursue a Bachelors and Masters degree in journalism,” confirmed Maharaj K Pandit, chairperson of Delhi University’s admission committee.

Bachelors and Masters in Journalism will be a five-year-long course which will allow multiple exits to a student.

“Unlike any other course in journalism offered across India, a student can leave after three years with an Honours degree in the programme and if he/she wishes to continue, she can complete the five-year integrated programme and will be awarded a Masters degree,” said Pandit.

SUBJECTS

In major takeaways of this programme introduced by the varsity, a student will be taught subjects on political thinking, business journalism, data analysis, statistics among other disciplines the committee is deliberating on.

Along with disciplines which will enable critical thinking, the students will be taught foreign languages comprising Arabic, Spanish, French and Mandarin.

In addition to providing better access and understanding of South Asia, the students will also be taught Tamil and Bengali in the later stages of the course.

Through this course, the university is set to give a major blow to private universities currently offering this course at undergraduate and postgraduate level at a plush price.

“The fees for studying this course stands at Rs 30,000 per semester,” confirmed admission committee officials.

The intake for the programme will be 60 and admission to the programme will be through entrance exams.

In addition to this, Delhi University is also slated to start a Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Security and Law from the upcoming academic session.

PG ADMISSIONS BEGIN

Delhi University also kicked off its admission process to 72 postgraduate level courses on Monday. The aspirants will have to appear for offline entrance examination for pursuing MPhil, PhD and postgraduate diploma.

Owing to maximum applications the university officials have received in the past, the university has restricted examination centres to six cities – Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata, Nagpur and Varanasi.

We get over 90 per cent of applications from Delhi, followed by Chennai and Kolkata. This precisely why we have not introduced entrance centres in other parts of the country,” said admission committee officials.

In its two-way route for admitting students, the university will admit 50 per cent of candidates who have been a student of Delhi University on the basis of merit. The remaining seats will be filled by the method of entrance exams.

According to Maharaj K Pandit, around 650 seats would be announced for MPhil course and around 850 seats would be alloted for PhD courses.

“The exact number of seats will be finalised soon. However, based on professors’ freedom of choice -whether to offer a seat this year or not – the seats have been calculated roughly,” Pandit added.

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