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Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates Delhi University’s school of journalism

Delhi School of Journalism will offer a five-year integrated journalism course with the option of exiting after three years with a bachelor degree

delhi Updated: Dec 22, 2017 12:32 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates the Delhi School of Journalism in Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)

Journalism is a unique vocation to serve the truth but while journalists may make constructive criticism of the governmental policies, at the same time they are morally and constitutionally obliged to strengthen the democratic institutions, vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu said at Delhi University on Thursday.

Addressing faculty and students at the inauguration of the Delhi School of Journalism (DSJ) in Delhi University, Naidu said journalism has its peculiarities and as a vocation it’s not like any other.

“Primarily, it is a public service. Journalism is ultimately a ‘unique vocation’ to serve the truth and hold a mirror to the contemporary happenings in a society. The press has been described as the ‘Fourth Pillar’ and ‘Watchdog of Democracy’ because of the critical role it can play in protecting the interests of the people and moulding public opinion,” he said.

DSJ, which admitted the first batch of students this year, was inaugurated on Thursday by the vice-president.

Naidu said the press and journalists enjoy certain privileges such as easy access to the corridors of power but these privileges reciprocally demand responsibilities from the press and the journalists.

“They may make constructive criticism of the governmental policies, but at the same time they are morally and constitutionally obliged to strengthen the democratic institutions and respect the socio-cultural ethos. It should be remembered that the freedom of speech and expression enshrined in our constitution is not absolute, but bound by reasonable restrictions,” he said.

He said that of late, the undesirable practices of mixing news with views, partisan reportage and paid news have crept into journalism. He said the sooner such practices are eliminated the better it would be for journalists and the society at large.

“There should not be any compromise on the core values of journalism and practitioners of this profession must carry out their duties without fear or favour,” he said.

DSJ offers a five-year integrated journalism course with the option of exiting after three years with a bachelor degree.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 00:10 IST