Students who are aspiring for a career in Marathi media have a reason to smile.
Following the Mumbai University’s decision to introduce the Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) course in Marathi, 11 colleges in Mumbai have applied for permission to start the course.
Ramnarain Ruia College, Dadar, Siddharth College, Fort, DG Ruparel College, Matunga, and Ambedkar College, Matunga are some of the colleges which want to start the course from the academic year 2009-2010.
“Since the academic council took the decision to introduce the course in Marathi in February, it is heartening to see colleges applying for it. The syllabus has been modified to include information on Marathi media, history etc,” said Rammohan Khanapurkar, Board of Studies, BMM.
The course which was earlier criticised for being irrelevant to the profession was modified after a delegation of prominent Marathi journalists petitioned the vice chancellor to include industry professionals and make the course available in Marathi.
Pro-vice chancellor AD Sawant confirmed the news. “A few colleges in the city have applied to start the course in Marathi in the coming academic year. Colleges are still considering the logistics with regards to teachers, seats etc.”
Colleges now are in a hunt to search for bilingual faculty who can teach in Marathi and English.
However, with just a month left for degree college admissions, colleges will have to hurry up and find relevant faculty for the course. “There is already a dearth of relevant teachers in the mass media course. However, colleges will tap the Marathi media to get faculty,” said a BMM lecturer.