Journalism has always been one of the most preferable professions among Indians. Till a few years back, a journalist would be simply backed by a degree in English or Political Science among other subjects. However, with competition seeping in, courses on journalism and mass communication too have been started by numerous colleges and universities to facilitate students with innate knowledge about the mechanisms and nuances that the profession demands. Let’s take a look at some of the institutions in Eastern India that offer journalism at a basic level—
5. NSHM Knowledge Campus
Although located in Kolkata as well, the Durgapur campus of the same is one of the most reputed institutions offering Mass communication courses. They offer a B.Sc Honors in Media Science (named bachelor of Media Science) the degree of which is honored by the West Bengal University of Technology. It is a full time 3 years’ degree course at the end of which most students get placed into recognized organizations and media houses. However, since this is a non Government institution, the course fee is quite steep making it difficult for middle class students to afford.
The eligibility criteria is 10+2 pass out with English as a compulsory subject and admission is through a screening test held by the institute.
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4. Bhavan’s Center for Communication and Management, Bhubaneswar
The Eastern India wing of the famous Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s communication and management studies, BCCM, Bhubaneswar is one of the most sorted after institutes in this part of the country. Among other management courses, the institute also offers a two years post graduate degree in Mass Communication and a 1 year diploma in Journalism. Both the courses have been seeing a nice placement and commendable placement record. Since it’s a private aided institution, the fees structure too is a bit on the higher level.
3. Indian School of Business and Media
The Eastern India branch of the institute is located in Kolkata and offers an array of courses including a Post Graduate Program in Media and Communication and a BBA in Media and Communication among many other courses. Although many of the programs are under autonomous certification of the institution, the Kolkata branch is an authorized nodal center of All India Management Association, New Delhi. The students of post graduate programs also go through an internship at the end of the first year which acquaints them with the nuances of the industry.
The admission to the courses is based on a written test conducted by the institution, followed by a Group Discussion and Personal Interview. The fees structure of this institution is quite steep, at the upper level of 1.5 lacs per semester, and is quite a task for middle income group to afford.
2. University of Calcutta
One of the oldest and most premier institutions in India offering quality education in the field of journalism is University of Calcutta’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. The department was started way back in 1950 and offers M.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism (a 2-years degree course), Postgraduate Diploma in Media Studies: Film and Television and Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Mass Communication Management. There are around 75 seats for the degree course, among which 25 seats are reserved for students who have an honors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the admission is done through a screening test given by the University. The classes are held at the College Street Campus of the University.
1. Indian Institute of Mass Communication
One of the most premier journalism schools in India, The Indian Institute of Mass Communication’s eastern India branches are located at Dhenkanal in Odisha and Aizwal in Mizoram, making them two of the most sorted after branches of IIMC in India. This institution offers Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism in two languages—English and Oriya, apart from the various short term courses and workshop. Backed by brilliant faculties and visiting lecturers, the institute has a very nominal fees structure (around 15,000 bucks) and a great placement cell. The admission to this institution is based on rankings in the aptitude test held by IIMC, Delhi (the main branch).
There are numerous scholarships too for the meritorious students from different backgrounds. Besides that, the sprawling campuses and neat and tidy hostel facilities make this institution the best in India.