Journalism and Mass Comm
Media has emerged as a very powerful instrument of social, economic and political change throughout the world. There is hardly any field which is not touched or covered by the media. It has its presence and impact in every sphere.
In our country, media scene has totally changed particularly in the past two decades. As of now, there are nearly 80000 newspapers and periodicals, nearly 250 radio stations, 400 transmitters, about 500 TV channels, and about 300 private FM radio channels. These cover almost the whole country in terms of readership, viewership and ‘reach’.
For students who are intrested in journalism and media related careers, following are the options present in Delhi -
BA (Honours) Journalism (English Medium)
University of Delhi offers undergraduate course BA (Hons) Journalism in English in five colleges -
- Delhi College of Arts & Commerce
- Maharaja Agrasen College
- Kalindi College (For Women)
- Kamla Nehru College (for Women)
- Lady Shri Ram College (for Women)
The admissions to these courses are through Entrance Exams that are conducted separately by each of these colleges. The details of the entrance exam and eligibility are mentioned in University of Delhi prospectus as well as websites of respective colleges. A student can apply separately in each of the colleges.
To clear the entrance exams, the candidate must be aware of the current affairs and have a flair for writing. In short, if you read the newspapers regularly and enjoy writing you should be able to do quite well. The candidates are also supposed to be good at English grammar.
There is no negative marking in the entrance exams and has both subjective and objective questions. The entrance exams are followed by interviews at respective colleges.
After the course every college has an internship as a part of the syllabi. However, there is no formal placement by the University but most of the students get placed very well, after completing the course, on their own.
BA (Honours) Journalism (Hindi Medium)
University of Delhi offers undergraduate course BA (Hons) Journalism in Hindi in four colleges:
- Aditi Mahavidyalaya
- Bhim Rao Ambedkar College
- Ram Lal Anand College
- Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College
The eligibility for admission is minimum 50 % in 10 +2 exams and the candidates are selected through common admission test conducted by Delhi University.
Bachelor of Mass Media and Mass Communication (BMMC)
There is a difference between BA (Journalism) and BMMC (Bachelor of Mass Media and Mass Communication) as BMMC is a course in mass communication and includes TV production and Video production in more detail than BA in Journalism. Although the BA (Journalism) in DU has TV and Video production in one semester but the emphasis is naturally more on training journalists.
The BMMC course is offered at IP College for women at University of Delhi. There are two written test and one interview for admission to the programme. The first one has multiple choice questions on general awareness and the second one test your skills in English.
Candidates who pass the first exam are then called for an aptitude test in which they may be asked to write an essay, an advertisement and so on. Students must read magazines and newspapers regularly and also listen to the radio to prepare for the test.
Apart from University of Delhi, the students must have a look at following institutes also to pursue their career interest in Journalism and related courses.
Indian Institute of Mass Communications (IIMC), New Delhi
It offers Post-graduate Diploma Course in Journalism (English / Hindi / Radio & Television / Oriya), Advertising & Public Relations.
Qualification- Candidate should have a Bachelor's degree in any discipline. Those who have appeared/are appearing for the degree examination are also eligible to apply. If selected, their admission will be subject to their producing a provisional certificate in original from the college/university before 31 August in the year applied for. Postgraduate degree in any discipline and media related work experience is desirable but not essential.
Admission Procedure - Admissions to the courses at IIMC are made on the basis of an entrance examination held in third week of May in New Delhi/ Bhubaneswar / Kolkata Patna/ Lucknow/ Mumbai/ Bangalore/ Guwahati.
Candidates shortlisted on the basis of written examination are called for a Group Discussion/Interview in first week of July in New Delhi. Candidates of Journalism (English) course can also be called for GD/Interview at Kolkata.
For further details please contact Phone: 26160940/60 Fax: 91-0112610 7462 or go through the website: www.iimc.nic.in
A.J.Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia University
The centre presently offers the following programmes/courses:
- Ph.D. in various disciplines of Mass Communication
- M.A. in Mass Communication
- M.A. in Convergent Journalism
- P.G. Diploma in Development Communication
- PG Diploma in Broadcast Technology
- P G Diploma in Still Photography
- PG Diploma in Graphics and Animation
For the details about the eligibility and admission procedure kindly contact Ph: +91 (11) 26987285 26982263, 26986812, and 26987285 or go through the website: www.ajkmcrc.org
South Delhi Polytechnic for Women
This Polytechnic located in Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi also offers various courses related to Media and communication. For more information please contact at Phones (Office): 26294833, 26294836, 26482298 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, www.polytechnic-sdpw.com
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
IGNOU also offers two programmes at Post-Graduation level -
- MA in Journalism and Mass Communication
- MA in Electronic Media Production and Management
For the details please visit www.ignou.ac.in
Centre for Culture, Media Governace, Jamia Milia Islamia University
The centre also offers a MA programme in Media and Governance. For the details please visit http://www.jmi.nic.in/ccmg/index.html