New Delhi: As per the new four year under graduate programme in Delhi University (DU), students seeking admission into BA (Hons) in Journalism and English courses would not require to appear for an entrance test. The students would be given admission on the basis of marks secured in their class XII exams.

However, for admissions in Hindi Journalism (Hons), one still requires to appear for an entrance test. Keeping up with the trend this year, the journalism cut offs have been set at ceiling limit of 95 percent and above for the aspirants of general category.

Speaking in the light of the revised admission process, Anju Gupta, Head of Journalism Department in Kalindi College said, “The new admission process is in sync with the present media requirements. It would also ensure filling up of seats, which earlier remained vacant due to extensive screening.”

The Journalism course is offered in six colleges of DU namely- Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, IP College for Women, Kalindi College, Kamala Nehru, Lady Sri Ram and Maharaja Agrasen. Earlier five of these colleges used to conduct a combined Journalism entrance test (CJET), whereas, IP would conduct a separate test as it offered a different course – Bachelors of Media and Mass Communication (BMMMC).

This year the Journalism (Hons) course has been replaced with Bachelors of Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC) which has been tweaked to fit the requirements of the new course structure.

Following the suit, the Department of English has done away with the Common Aptitude Test for English (CATE) and adopted the merit based screening process from this year.

Many students and teachers have raised concern regarding the new admission process. “I am in favour of conducting entrance exams. The merit system would dilute the credibility of students, as it is based on the combined marks secured by them in 12th and not the chosen subject alone,” said Nupur Chawla, a pass-out student from DU.

(Mesha Murali/JPN)

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