Though Delhi University (DU) had intended to start its five-year integrated journalism course from this academic session, the journalism programme has not even shortlisted its candidates.
This at a time the academic session for the rest of the courses are about to enter the second month. The admission process for journalism, currently in its registration stage, will conduct the entrance test on September 17 and admit candidates between September 23 and 25.
The coordinators have received close to 1,500 admission applications from students, who have mostly managed to get a seat in different programmes and courses across DU and private universities such as GGSIPU, confirmed a senior admission committee official.
As a result of delay in starting the programme, admission committee officials admitted that the course will experience some problems.
“We will stick to the 180-day teaching schedule for students to be admitted under this programme. However, we will be compromising on holidays in order to conduct examinations within the stipulated time,” said Manasvini M. Yogi, officer on special duty for the Delhi School of Journalism (DSJ).
While students of other disciplines will be sitting for their semester-end examination in November, students of DSJ will appear for their first semester exam in January or February, and will return for the second semester within days.
“To match the university calender, we will cut down on mid-semester and semester breaks,” Manasvini said. The programme was launched on August 23. While the cut-off for getting admissions under other courses oscillated between 80 and 90 per cent, the eligibility criteria to get a seat in DSJ is comparatively flexible.