While most colleges offering English journalism in DU closed their admissions at high cut-off, seats in Hindi journalism remained vacant requiring average marks Despite Hindi media bustling in India, there are not many takers for Hindi Journalism in Delhi University (DU). This can be gauged by the disparity in cut-off marks in English and Hindi journalism courses since English journalism course, continues to see a surge of students. The first cut-offs for English and Hindi journalism witnessed a huge margin and the seventh cut-off did not change much. The highest first cut-off for BA (Hons) Journalism was 98.5% by Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), whereas the Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College released the highest first cut-off for BA (Hons) Hindi Journalism at 86%. While admissions in most of the colleges offering English journalism were closed with high cut-offs in the 90s, the four colleges offering Hindi journalism – Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Ram Lal Anand, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa – were accepting students even after seventh cut-off.
Rakesh Kumar, associate professor and co-ordinator of Hindi Journalism, Ram Lal Anand College, blames it on the low popularity of the course among the young generation. “A student must have studied Hindi subject till class XII to be eligible to apply for Hindi Journalism in DU, which is rare as students often opt for other streams such as Science or Commerce. Most often, students from rural areas or small cities opt for the course, hence, the cut-offs are low.” “English has become an aspirational language because of which parents in tier II and III cities do not want their children to pursue Hindi at higher education level and students in metropolitan cities are encouraged to read, write and think in English,” says Aakriti Kohli, assistant professor, Department of Journalism, DCAC. Another reason, says Kumar, is that the Hindi Journalism course runs in the self-financed mode, where there is no dedicated department and the cost of required facilities are not borne by the colleges. “Consequently, the infrastructure for Hindi journalism is inadequate and permanent faculty cannot be hired,” he adds. “If a student aspires to build a career purely in TV journalism or regional newspapers, Hindi offers ample opportunities but parallel options such as public relations, advertising, and corporation communication open up with fluency in English,” adds Kohli.