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The ACJ ten-month post graduate diploma course in journalism
gives the students an option of choosing between the print and the
broadcast streams. SAF is planning to give stipends
to those who top the grades and wish to travel in other South
Asian countries to write on themes of regional cooperation.

It was at the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) in Chennai, India, that the Group Scholarships programme was first developed in 2002, in which scholarships are annually given in groups to a young woman and a man selected from each of the eight South Asian countries to study jointly for a post graduate diploma course. It is dedicated to equipping young people not only with the necessary professional skills but also with the broad knowledge, integrity and social commitment to make them outstanding journalists. Students admitted to the College study in one of the four media streams — Print , Television, Radio & New Media.

SAF-Madanjeet Singh Scholarships for the Class of 2007

The SAF-Madanjeet Singh scholarship for the one year postgraduate course at the Asian College of Journalism covers eight countries, viz: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Two scholarships – one for a male and another for a female candidate – are available for each countrThe ACJ course offers four streams of specialization: Print, Television, Radio & New Media.

The scholarship grant of USD 4500/- per candidate would, stream-wise, cover the following:
  • Print stream: Full tuition fees, rent for shared accommodation arranged by the college in Chennai, and pocket money @ approximately INR 1750/- per month over ten months.
  • New Media : Full tuition fees, rent for shared accommodation arranged by the college in Chennai, and pocket money @ approximately INR 1750/- per month over ten months.
  • Radio: Full tuition fees, rent for shared accommodation arranged by the college in Chennai, and pocket money @ approximately INR 1750/- per month over ten months.
  • Television: Full tuition fees only. The rent and living costs, estimated at approximately INR 60,000/- for the year will have to be borne by the candidate.
    In addition, the SAF-Madanjeet Singh scholarship meets the economy air travel costs to and from Chennai for each candidate at actuals.
    Eligibility: Candidates should have cleared an undergraduate course in any discipline. Equivalent courses in different SAARC countries would also be considered on a case by case basis. They must be proficient in English since all instruction and assignments at the ACJ are in English.

    Selection procedure: Advertisements for admission to the ACJ each year are published in leading national dailies and on the SAF and ACJ websites in early March. The ACJ holds a written test in many centers in India and south Asia to assess the applicants’ English language competence and General Knowledge. Candidates from India shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the test are called for an interview at Chennai, after which the final admission list is drawn up. Candidates from other countries in south Asia would take the written tests at designated centers, as intimated by the SAF office in each country, or online, and are not required to appear for the personal interview at Chennai.

    Seats for SAF scholarships: For the Class of 2007 the quota of seats being reserved for the SAF-Madanjeet Singh scholars in each stream is as follows:

  • Print: up to 10 seats
  • Television: up to 4 seats
  • Radio: up to 4 seats
  • New Media: up to 8 seats

    The allocation is made allowing for flexibility of choice for SAF-Madanjeet Singh scholars in keeping with their stream preference and scholarship coverage considerations.

    Application Procedure

    Students in India can apply Online or Download the form.
    further details or clarifications in respect of admission/SAF Madanjeet Singh Scholarships please contact:

    Ms. Sudha Umapathy
    Asian College of Journalism
    124, Wallajah Road
    Chennai-600 002.
    Tel: +91-44-28418254/55
    Fax: +91-44-28418253

    For students in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka can download the form and submit to SAF- Secretary of their respective Countries with two photographs
    (Please Click on the Name of your country to get the contact particulars.)

    (Last date for reciept of completed application form is 30 April 2006)

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