Bengaluru’s renowned IIJNM shuts down journalism courses

IIJNM, which offered courses on print, broadcast, and online journalism, was on the cusp of its silver jubilee anniversary. 

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 14, 2024 | 9:29 PM Updated Jun 14, 2024 | 9:29 PM

IIJNM Campus

Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media (IIJNM) has decided to shut down its journalism courses. The institute is one among the few in India renowned for media courses.

The confirmation came within hours of a screenshot of an email going viral on social media. The email was purportedly sent to a student who had sought admission to the institute.

According to the email, the institute was closing down in order to “avoid huge financial losses”. The institute also asked the student for their bank details in order to refund their admission fees.

IIJNM, which offered courses on print, broadcast, and online journalism, was on the cusp of its silver jubilee anniversary.

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The IIJNM email

Screenshot of the IIJNM email.

Screenshot of the IIJNM email. (Supplied)

The IIJNM email noted that the management had decided to stop offering its journalism programmes because the institute didn’t receive the minimum application to run the course.

IIJNM Dean Kanchan Kaur confirmed to South First the decision made by the management.

Asked if the courses would resume next year, Kaur explained, “As of now, that is not a possibility.”

She added: “We have witnessed a reduction in the number of applicants for two consecutive years.”

In an email to applicants, the institute said its management “regrets to inform you that we will no longer offer programmes in journalism”.

It noted: “This decision was reached as the number of applicants so far this year is far below what is needed for a viable programme.”

The institute also informed students about the closure before the planned start of classes on 22 July, saying it understood that this might cause problems for them.

Closing down the journalism programs at IIJNM is a big change for Bengaluru’s journalism education.

(Edited by Arkadev Ghoshal, with inputs from Deeksha Devadiga)