Do You Aspire To Become Media Professional? Here Are Some Top Institutes

Bhubaneswar: Mass Communication is a stream that rose to prominence in the last few decades and currently it has good scope for jobs in all media fields — print, television and digital. There are top colleges in India that offer a variety of courses.

Journalism, Media Studies, Advertising, Photography and Cinematography are the most sought-after by the students because of the plethora of opportunities these programmes open up on completion.

The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi, Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai, Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune, and Xavier Institute of Communication, Mumbai are some best-known colleges for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

The stream has become so popular in India that the country now accommodates 972 colleges offering mass communication programmes. Of which, 667 are private and 305 are public colleges.

These colleges are ranked by agencies like The Week, India Today, Outlook. Most agencies rank the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi as the best in the country.

Let’s check some of the top mass communication institutes in India.

IIMC New Delhi

The IIMC was established in 1965 by the then Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Indira Gandhi and is run by the IIMC Society. The society is an autonomous body registered under the Societies Registration Act 1867. The IIMC main campus is located at New Delhi, with branches in — Dhenkanal, Odisha; Aizawl, Mizoram; Amravati, Maharashtra; Jammu, J&K; and Kottayam, Kerala.

The IIMC offers Postgraduate Diploma Courses in English, Hindi, & Regional Languages Journalism. It has a dedicated programme on TV & Radio Journalism, and Marketing & Public Relations.

This college is preferred by many due to its excellent placement record.  Both India Today and The Week-Hansa ranked this media institute as number 1 in their annual ranking of educational institutions in 2018 and 2019.

Average Annual Fees: Rs 95,500

Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai

The Asian College of Journalism has produced outstanding journalists for over the years establishing a reputation for itself. In this institute, graduates are prepared in a manner that after passing out from the college they are ready to face the competitive market. This institute offers integrated PG Diploma in Journalism and PG Diploma in Business & Financial Journalism.

ACJ students are in high demand in the media market due to the grooming and screening that the college does. It boasts of highly qualified faculty from varied backgrounds. The ACJ ranks in the top three by the ranking agencies.

Average Annual Fees: Rs 4,24,800

Xavier Institute of Communication, Mumbai

The XIC is a unit of St Xaviers’ College Autonomous which was established in 1969. XIC Mumbai offers as many as 6 full-time PG diploma courses across specialisations. Part-time certification courses are also offered by the institute on its campus. Students get admission on the basis of the XIC Online Entrance Test (OET) and a personal/ interview on Skype.

This institute is ranked in top 5 consistently over the years. XIC graduates are placed across agencies in Mumbai like Genesis Burson- Marsteller, MSL, Adfactors, etc.

Average Annual Fees: Rs 3,77,150

Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune

SIMC Pune is another institute that is in high demand for its excellent grooming and skill development programmes. Students are prepared to meet the highest standards of journalism.

This media education institute offers specialisation/courses at the undergraduate level supported by extensive coursework, academic sessions by professionals with years of industry experience, immersive internships and projects.

Average Annual Fees: Rs 4,69,000

AJ Kidwai MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

The AJK Mass Communication Research Centre is one of the premier media institutions in India. Established in 1982 by Anwar Jamal Kidwai (former VC of Jamia Millia Islamia and later, Chairman of the Centre), the MCRC offers both graduate and post-graduate courses in the art, craft and technology of the modern day media. It is known for providing the highest standard of media education and training along with accomplished faculty members.

This institute has been ranked in the top three by almost all the ranking agencies.

Average Annual Fees: Rs 86,320

Manorama School of Communication (MASCOM), Kottayam

The founder of the Malayala Manorama and The Week, KM Mathew’s vision of journalism gave birth to MASCOM. It was Mathew’s long-cherished dream that was fulfilled by setting up a journalism school of world class in 2002. His dream was to transform handpicked students into well-rounded journalists with quality training.

The institute offers courses PG Diploma in Print & Digital Journalism and PG Diploma in Broadcast & Digital Journalism. Classrooms in MASCOM are well-equipped with projectors and sound systems to enhance the process of learning.

Average Annual Fees: Rs 1.5 Lakhs


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