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Best Institutes of Journalism and Mass Communication in India - Courses, Fees Structure, Admission Procedure, Placement

At present, it's quite difficult to select the right institute to study Journalism and Mass Communication in India, as there are many of them. So, we have prepared a list of top institutes in India to study journalism, keeping in mind the specializations, quality of the study, placements, and fee structure of each institute.

As a part of the whole communication system, journalism includes the collection of news and information, verifying them, and disseminating them in a synchronized and categorized manner, where mass communication is concerned with dispersing news through print & digital media. Mass media has a large impact on the development and upliftment of society and plays a pivotal role in maintaining democracy. As a result, the study of Journalism and Mass Media has gained immense importance over the years internationally and in India as well. Many institutes of Journalism & Mass Communication with various streams & opportunities have emerged also. At present, it's quite difficult to select the right institute to study Journalism & Mass Communication in India, as there are many of them. So, we have prepared a list of top institutes in India to study journalism, keeping in mind the specializations, quality of the study, placements and fee structure of each institute.
The detailed descriptions are as follows:

1. Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune

SIMC is situated in Pune, Maharashtra.
Official Websitehttps://www.simc.edu

Courses offered by SIMC & Fees structure:
  • M.A. in Journalism (Course duration:- 2 years) [Total fees: ₹8,00,000*]
  • M.A. in Audio Visual Production (Course duration:- 2 years) [Total fees: ₹9,20,000*]
  • M.B.A. in Communication Management (Course duration:- 2 years) [Total fees: ₹10,70,000*]
*Fees including Institute Deposit (refundable), Hostel Deposit (refundable), Hostel fees & Mess fees.
Admission Procedure: The students are selected through the SNAP & SIMC MA(MC) Online Entrance Test.
Placement: The students of this institute are hired by the recruiters like Hindustan Times, Times Now, The Indian Express, ESPN, CNN IBN, DNA, Viacom18, ZEE, STAR, Balaji, Cognizant, Kantar, ICICI Bank, Reliance Brands Limited, BARC, etc.
Notable Alumni:- Gauri Shinde, Dhruv Sehgal, Siddharth Kumar Tewary.

2. Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi

IIMC was established on 17th August 1965 in New Delhi.
Official Website
  1. http://www.iimc.nic.in/
  2. http://www.iimc.gov.in/ 

Courses offered by IIMC & Fees structure:
  • PGD in Radio and TV Journalism (Course duration:- 1 year) [Tuition fees: ₹1,60,000]
  • PGD in Advertising and Public Relations (Course duration:- 1 year) [Tuition fees: ₹1,23,000]
  • PGD in Hindi Journalism (Course duration:- 1 year) [Tuition fees: ₹87,000]
  • PGD in English Journalism (Course duration:- 1 year) [Tuition fees: ₹87,000]
  • PGD in Odia Journalism (Course duration:- 1 year) [Tuition fees: ₹47,000]
  • PGD in Urdu Journalism (Course duration:- 1 year) [Tuition fees: 47,000]
  • PGD in Marathi Journalism (Course duration:- 1 year) [Tuition fees: ₹47,000]
  • PGD in Malayalam Journalism (Course duration:- 1 year) [Tuition fees: ₹47,000]
  • Diploma Course in Development Journalism (Course duration:- 4 months)
Admission Procedure: The students are selected through IIMC Entrance Exam.
Placement:- The students of this institute are hired by the recruiters like ZEE, Doordarshan, ETV Bharat etc.
Notable Alumni: Aishwarya Rutuparna Pradhan, Nidhi Razdan, Ravish Kumar, Sudhir Chaudhary, Chitra Subramaniam, Anshu Gupta, Neelesh Misra, Hasleen Kaur, Deepak Chaurasia, Manisha Pande, Anyja Iyer, and many more. 

3. Anwar Jamal Kidwai MCRC, JMI (New Delhi)

Anwar Jamal Kidwai MCRC was established in 1982. It is situated in New Delhi.
Official Website:
https://www.jmi.ac.in/aboutjamia/centres/mcrc/introduction
Courses offered by the institute:
  • Practice-based Ph.D. (in various disciplines of Mass Communication)
  • M.A. in Mass Communication (Course duration:- 2 years)
  • M.A. in Convergent Journalism (Course duration:- 2 years)
  • M.A. in Development Communication (Course duration:- 2 years)
  • M.A. in Visual Effects and Animation (Course duration:- 2 years)
  • PGD in Broadcast Technology (Course duration:- 1 year) ● PGD in Still Photography & Visual Communication (Course duration:- 1 year)
  • PGD in Acting (Course duration:- 1 year) 
Admission Procedure: The students are selected through the Jamia Millia Islamia Entrance Exam.
Notable Alumni: Roshan Abbas, Harsh Chhaya, Barkha Dutt, Shahrukh Khan, Kiran Rao, etc. 

4. Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media, Bangalore

IIJNM was established in 2000. It is situated in Bangalore.
Official website: https://www.iijnm.org 

Courses offered by IIJNM & Fees structure:
  • Diploma in Print Journalism (Course duration:- 1 year) [Total fees: ₹5,52,000*]
  • Diploma in Broadcast Journalism (Course duration:- 1 year) [Total fees: ₹5,77,000*]
  • Diploma in Multimedia Journalism (Course duration:- 1 year) [Total fees: ₹5,77,000*]
  • PGD in Print Journalism (Course duration:- 1 year) [Total fees: ₹5,67,000*]
  • PGD in Broadcast Journalism (Course duration:- 1 year) [Total fees: ₹5,87,000*]
  • PGD in Multimedia Journalism (Course duration:- 1 year) [Total fees: ₹5,87,000*]
*Fees including Confirmation fee, Hostel & Meals fees.
Admission Procedure: The students are selected through IIJNM Admission Test, Personal Interview and Counselling round.
Placement: The students of this are hired by the recruiters like CNN, Bloomberg, CNN IBN, CNBC, Republic TV, Times Now, Google, Rediff, Press Association-UK, The Times of India, Economic Times, The Indian Express, TV9, NDTV etc.
Notable Alumni: Nitin Banerjee, Rutvick Mehta, Sushmita Sen (Reporter, International Business Times) etc.

5. Xavier Institute of Communication, Mumbai

This institute was established in 1969. It is situated in Mumbai.
Official Website:
 https://www.xaviercomm.org
Courses offered by the institute & Fees structure: 
Diploma Courses in
  • Advanced Integrated Communication Program [Total fees: ₹2,48,530*]
  • Journalism & Mass Communication (Course duration:- 10 months) [Total fees: ₹3,25,230*]
  • Public Relations and Corporate Communication (Course duration:- 10 months) [Total fees: ₹2,63,870*]
  • Advertising and Marketing Communication (Course duration:- 10 months) [Total fees: ₹2,93,370*]
  • Film, Television and Digital Video Production (Course duration:- 10 months) [Total fees: ₹3,77,150*]
  • Event Planning & Experiential Marketing (Course duration:- 10 months) [Total fees: ₹1,95,000* + GST as applicable]
*Fees including Registration fees & Library Deposit.
Certificate Courses in
  • Business Communication & Personality Development 
  • Conversational English
  • Branding
  • Public Speaking and Personality Enhancement Workshop 
  • Photography Workshop
  • Radio Jockey Workshop
  • Workshop in Graphic Design
  • Announcing, Broadcasting, Compering, Dubbing, and E-Book Narration (ABCDE) Workshop
  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • Extension Programmes 
Admission Procedure: The students are selected through XIC OET. Notable Alumni: Shivanshu Nirupam, Surabhi Rawat, etc.

6. Film and Television Institute of India, Pune

FTII was established in 1960. It is situated in Pune.
Official Website: 
https://www.ftii.ac.in
Courses offered by FTII & Fees structure:
PG Diploma Courses in
  • Direction & Screenplay Writing (Course duration:- 3 years) [Total fees for 1st & 2nd semester: ₹1,29,834*]
  • Cinematography (Course duration:- 3 years) [Total fees for 1st & 2nd semester: ₹1,29,834*]
  • Editing (Course duration:- 3 years) [Total fees for 1st & 2nd semester: ₹1,29,834*]
  • Sound Recording & Sound Design (Course duration:- 3 years) [Total fees for 1st & 2nd semester: ₹1,29,834*]
  • Art Direction & Production Design (Course duration:- 3 years) [Total fees for 1st & 2nd semester: ₹1,29,834*]
  • Screen Acting (Course duration:- 2 years) [Total fees for 1st & 2nd semester: ₹1,29,834*]
  • Screen Writing (Film, TV & Web Series) (Course duration:- 2 years) [Total fees for 1st & 2nd semester: ₹1,29,834*]
PG Certificate Courses in
  • Direction (Course duration:- 1 year) [Total fees: ₹1,29,834*/year]
  • Electronic Cinematography (Course duration:- 1 year) [Total fees: ₹1,29,834*/year]
  • Video Editing (Course duration:- 1 year) [Total fees: ₹1,29,834*/year]
  • Sound Recording & Television Engineering (Course duration:- 1 year) [Total fees: ₹1,29,834*/year]
*Fees including Hostel Rent, Deposit & other fees.
Admission Procedure: The students are selected through JET. Notable Alumni: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Rajkumar Hirani, Om Puri, Rajkummar Rao, and many more. 

7. Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi

Lady Shri Ram College for Women was established in 1956. It is situated in New Delhi. This college is affiliated to the University of Delhi.
Official Website: https://lsr.edu.in 
Courses offered by the institute & Fees structure:
  • B.A. (Hons.) in Journalism (Course duration:- 3 years) [Total fees: ₹81,570]
Admission Procedure: The students are selected on the basis of their 12th percentage.
Placement: TOI, Hindustan Times, CNN IBN, The Hindu, NDTV, Times Now, The Indian Express, Aaj Takk, India Today, Google, etc. 
Notable Alumni: Sakshi Tanwar, Nidhi Rajdan, etc.

8. Department of Communication, Hyderabad

It was established in 1988-89. It is affiliated to the University of Hyderabad.
Official Websitehttp://commuoh.in/
Courses offered by the institute:
  • PG in Television & Radio
  • PG in Communication & Media Studies
  • PG in Print Journalism & New Media
  • Ph.D. (Communication)
Admission Procedure: The students are selected through the Hyderabad University's Entrance Exam.
Placement: The students of this institute are hired by the recruiters like SonyTV, StarTV Network, NDTV, SunFM, ETV Network, TV9, Gemini TV, Radio City, Deccan Chronicle, Times Group, Zee Network, The Hindu, Indian Express, World Space Radio, etc.
Notable Alumni: Priyadarshi Pulikonda etc.

9. Department of Media Studies, Christ University (Bangalore)

It was established in 1969 as Christ College and became Christ University in 2008. It is situated in Bangalore.
Official Website:
 https://christuniversity.in/
Courses offered by them & Fees structure:
  • B.A. (Hons.) in Journalism (Course duration:- 3 years) [Total fees: ₹2,12,000]
  • M.A. in Media and Communication Studies (Course Duration:- 2 years) [Total fees: ₹2,53,000]
  • PGD in Research Methodology (PGDR) (Course duration:- 1 year
  • M.Phil in Media Studies (Course duration:- 1 year) [Total fees: ₹35,000]
  • Ph.D in Media Studies 
Admission Procedure: The students are selected through CUET. Notable Alumni: Ashna Kalra. 

10. Manipal Institute of Communication, Karnataka

It was established in 1997. It is situated in Manipal, Karnataka.
Official website: 
https://manipal.edu/soc.html
Courses offered by them:
  • B.A. in Media and Communication
  • B.Sc. in Animation
  • M.A. in Media and Communication
  • M.A. in Film Art & Film Making
  • PGD in Corporate Communication
  • Certificate Courses in Animation Technology
  • BVoc in Graphic & Digital Media
  • Certificate Courses in Sports Communication (Short term course- 2 months) 
Admission Procedure: The students are selected through Manipal Entrance Test (MET).
Placement: Thompson, Reuters, Cognizant, Wizcraft, Viacom, Genesis, Radio One, Tata Elxsi Studio, Dream Works, Scientific Animation Studio etc.
Notable Alumni:- Mausami Singh, Sameer Hashmi, and many more. 
You can visit the institutes' official website by clicking on the provided links for any other details. There is tough competition among students all over India to get admission to these institutes and build their careers in this field. So, don't delay making the decision and prepare yourself for the admission procedure. Good Luck! 
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