Two months after a group of eminent Marathi journalists had met vice-chancellor Dr Vijay Khole to discuss ways to make Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) available to students in Marathi language,the Mumbai varsity is all set to introduce the BMM course in Marathi from the next academic year. Presently,the varsity offers the course only in English.
At the academic council meeting on Friday,it was also decided to introduce topics like history of Maharashtra and socio-political problems of the state in the syllabus of the BMM (English) course to acquaint students with local issues.
Deepak Pawar of the Marathi Abhyaas Kendra organisation that urged the university to start the course in Marathi said,Students of BMM course have topics that deal only with global problems. However,they are unfamiliar with local issues as their syllabus doesnt have any. With the upgraded syllabus,they will be better equipped to work in media.
Sanjay Ranade,Head of the Department of Communication and Journalism,Mumbai varsity and some eminent journalists will formulate the curriculum. Pawar said,We have prepared a database of Marathi journalists who can join colleges as faculty members. We will provide the databases to the colleges that want to start the BMM course in Marathi. Initially,it may be difficult to get faculty members for BMM (Marathi). We hope gradually the problem will be sorted out.
Pro vice-chancellor AD Sawant said,We have decided to modify the syllabus of the BMM (English) course to suit the students of Marathi medium. Colleges that wish to start BMM in Marathi,can apply to the University. To avoid delay in exam results,the university will ask all the colleges to finish evaluation work and declare results of the first year and second year exams by March 30 so that the colleges can send teachers for the evaluation of third year exams. There have been several instances of delay in the publication of exam results because of non-availability of teachers. To tackle this problem,the varsity had met college principals and asked them to submit lists of examiners from their respective colleges. Sawant said,If colleges do not send examiners for evaluation work,the university will cancel the affiliation of that course in the college.