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Finally, Hindi is a hit!

The deluge of Hindi news channels has led to an increase in the number of takers for this course.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 17:42 IST

There may not be many takers for Indian languages but when it comes to Hindi there is a marked change in the mindset of students. The deluge of Hindi news channels and an equally vibrant option available in radio has led to an increase in the number of takers for this course.

“There is a significant increase in the number of students opting for Hindi (hons). One of the reasons is the opening up of new avenues in media,” said Kanika Khandelwal, media coordinator, LSR College.

As a result of the increased number of applicants, students can expect a rise in one to two per cent in the cut-off list. “Earlier the subject was either opted by students due to its low cut-off percentages or by those who wished for a career in teaching. But the profile has changed now,” said Roopali Sircar Gaur, vice principal, Sri Venkate-swara College.

According to Gaur, students opt for Hindi to pursue a career in electronic media, print media, theatre and fine arts. It’s not just Hindi (Hons) that is vying for attention. Another counterpart is the BA (hons) Hindi Journalism programme (also known as Hindi Patrakarita), which is offered in three colleges — Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College and Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

“Owing to the popularity of the subject, the admissions are now conducted by the Department of Hindi, Delhi University through a common entrance exam,” said Harmeet Singh, principal, Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College. “In the last two years, there has been a 30 per cent increase in students opting for Hindi journalism,” he adds.

From this year onward, Hindi journalism course is going to be more practical with better labs, computers and film screening facilities. “Students are going to be trained in news anchoring in a studio-kind of setup,” informs Dr Singh. Some of the students from Khalsa College have found placements in Star News, Total TV, Aaj Tak and a host of PR agencies.