The Delhi school of Journalism is now about to become a reality as a major throne in the way of the school was plucked by the Academic Council when the council made it clear that the institution will not be self-financed.
This decision was taken in a meeting which was held on June 22 and continued till 7:30am till next morning. During the meeting, AC decided that the school will not be self-financed otherwise the students will be burned by the high fees which might be required by the institute to fund its activities, academic and otherwise.
"The council decided that the school will not work under a self-financing model. We have also agreed to send the proposal of the school to UGC (University Grants Commission) to convince it to fund its operations. We opposed self-financing model because it would have ultimately led to privatization," Samrendra Kumar, Assistant Professor at Shyam Lal College and a Academic Council member, told IANS.
"The clause of self-financing from the preamble of the institute has been removed. We have been against this kind of structure from the beginning. The Vice Chancellor has also agreed to write to UGC to get it proper status as fully-funded institute," he said.
The fee structure of the institute will be prepared by a separate committee appointed by the AC.
The journalism course will be a five year integrated course and after the completion of the course, the candidates will receive Master's degree.
However, there is a provision under which students can pull themselves out of the course in three years and will be given bachelor's degree for the same course.