Delhi University is likely to start a ‘Delhi School of Journalism’ that will offer a five-year integrated degree, from this academic session. Admission to the course will be based on cutoffs and application forms will be released soon.
Some papers will be on data journalism, investigative journalism, foreign languages and regional languages. Thirty students will be admitted this year.
The university’s standing committee on academic affairs approved proposals to start the Journalism school, another School of Transnational Affairs and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Cyber Law and Security, said Nachiketa Khalsa, member of the standing committee.
The five-year integrated degree will have the option to exit after three years with an undergraduate degree in Journalism.
“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,” said Savita Datta, chairperson of the committee on structure and syllabus for the five-year integrated Journalism programme.
Datta said students will have two 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,” she said.
Datta said students will learn to read, write and comprehend the language. “The aim is to equip the prospective journalist with basics of the language so that if she goes to cover the Middle East, for instance, she is able to communicate with people,” she said.
The School may go for entrance exams from next year. The initial plan was to admit students based on an entrance test but it is not feasible this year. “If the governing body of the school decides, then they can go for the entrance test next year,” she said.
Six colleges in the university offer Journalism at the undergraduate level–Lady Sri Ram College for Women, Kalindi College, Kamla Nehru College, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce and Maharaja Agrasen College, and The Institute of Home Economics.
The process for applying for the undergraduate course is same as other courses. Applicants have to fill the centralized registration form and opt for the course. Admissions will be based on cutoff. BA (hons) Journalism, one of the popular courses at the university, has already received 45,000 applications.