Only 1563 applications for DU journalism programme

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New Delhi: The Delhi University (DU) has received only 1563 applications while 433 are still under process for its common entrance test for Journalism that will be conducted for the first time this year.

The reason being alleged for the low number of applications is the introduction of the online application procedure as well as the stringent eligibility criteria that has been put into place.

The college that will be responsible for conducting the test this year is Maharaja Agrasen College which is one of the only two co-educational colleges that offer BA (Hons.) in Journalism. The other is Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.

The application procedure for the entrance test is completely online but not all students are aware of this. Several students have been visiting different colleges that offer the Journalism programme and also calling the university's helpline to ask regarding the same.

A resident of Dehradun who came to the city especially for the application form for Journalism said that she was confused as she had been looking for the journalism application form but no college had provided it to her.

Several students who are seeking to apply for the journalism programme are also unaware that the minimum required percentage in class 12 board examinations is 70% along with 60% in English.

Mannu Yadav, a resident of Noida said that he had wished to apply for the course but could not as he was told later that only people with 70% and above percentage could apply for the programme whereas he had 65%.

According to DU officials, the application procedure for the journalism programme is very candidate-friendly and have not received any complaints as of yet. Sangit Raagi, nodal officer for the joint entrance test said that students were quite happy as they were getting the opportunity to correct any mistakes that they might make in filling the form.
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