Journalism is a hot favourite in Delhi University, and most students applying for the course aspire to become a TV anchor or reporter. But the course offered by DU colleges is primarily based on print journalism.
So taking a cue from the change in trend, many colleges have started upgrading facilities to groom students for the electronic media. Lady Shri Ram College is building a studio for its Journalism Department. It has acquired two computers (Mac-Editing Systems) for video and audio editing.
The studio would also have the latest cameras and tripods. LSR college’s media coordinator Kanika Khandelwal said the studio will facilitate exposure to the electronic media. “They (students) will make documentaries, and sound and editing workshops will also be conducted so that students get a hands-on editing experience,” she said. Minoti Chatterjee, principal, Kamala Nehru College, said: “The journalism course in DU began with the print media in mind, but now with the expansion of the electronic media, the scope of the course has broadened and students need to know about production.” Chatterjee said a multimedia centre has been built in the college’s small studio.
She plans to procure state-of-the-art editing tables and digital recorders shortly. “We already have enough computers and LCD projectors. I am trying to get whatever we can with the funds we have,” she said, adding, “Funding is very important for upgradation. I have to look for funds.” Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), too, plans to set up a laboratory on similar lines. The lab would have a soundproof room and cameras, for film-making and still photography, head of the Journalism Department, N. Sabarwal said.
The problem the colleges face is lack of funds for purchase of expensive equipment. DCAC is in talks with the University Grants Commission for funds. The Faculty members are surveying the labs of other colleges as well. Unlike other colleges, Indraprastha College for Women offers Bachelor of Mass Media and Mass Communication, which is mainly an electronic journalism course.
The college has an audio-visual studio. The college had imported audio-visual equipment worth Rs 2 crore in 2003, with the help of a Central grant under the Japan Debt Relief Scheme. The college’s studio has a full-size production facility and production control room. It contains both linear and non-linear editing suites.
The college has an outdoor shooting system with cameras, wireless transmitters and mikes, lighting kit and monitors for on-location shooting. The college also has a still photography laboratory, said Manaswini Yogi, the college’s media coordinator.