NSoJ: Covid-19 Preparedness 2024-25

December 2021 Update

Our response so far

Since March 2020, National School of Journalism and Public Discourse (NSoJ) has conducted more than 445 hours of online interactions (all virtual teaching classwork, assignments, assessments and seminars occur within our secure G-Suite for Education platform by Google with a designated account for each student). We were able to follow our regular daily timetable even during the pandemic. We have also organized several virtual talks and symposiums featuring global and national thought leaders during this period. Our students and faculty have worked to keep our news website and social media platforms buzzing. In June 2020, we launched The NSoJ Tannoy Podcast, a weekly podcast. We believe that this is the most productive that any college in India has been during the lockdown period.

Notwithstanding the economic situation as a result of the ongoing pandemic, we have kept our commitments to our students, faculty, staff, infrastructure providers and vendors. We have increased the number of scholarships provided during this period. More than 40% of our undergraduate students received scholarships based on their performance, commitment to college activities, financial need and diligence. We are proud to announce that we have not reduced salaries or terminated employment of anyone during the lockdown period. On the contrary, we have been able to strengthen all our departments in anticipation of a rigorous academic year ahead.

The way forward

As we prepare to implement NEP-2020 for the undergraduate students and welcome PGDJ students for the new academic year, the management and faculty have designed guidelines to create utmost safety for everyone at NSoJ, including students, staff and faculty members while maintaining academic and professional training of the highest order.

We recognize that our students come from different parts of the country. We commenced this academic year with in-person classes. NSoJ's campus has been reconfigured to meet WHO guidelines on social distancing. Temperature checks, hand sanitization and mask usage will be mandatory.

We have implemented a new philosophy of academic, co-curricular and extracurricular learning to ensure that students maintain physical distance from each other at all times, since 2020.

Our newsroom, seminar rooms and auditorium will be limited to 25 students at a time.Our broadcast studio will be restricted to accommodate a maximum of 5 persons at a time. All equipment will be sanitized regularly.

We will conduct most of our special programmes, including annual day and graduation ceremony, outdoors in our quadrangle. We will be using the outdoors in a creative and refreshing manner for instruction in our 18 acre campus. Outstation students can pursue the programme in our secure campus in the heart of Bengaluru City. We have separate hostels for girls and boys on campus. Each room has an attached bathroom. The residential facilities are maintained with the highest levels of quality and hygiene.

We encourage local students to consider staying in our residential campus to ensure their safety as well as the safety of any vulnerable family members. We are pleased to announce our partnership with Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH), one of Bangalore’s leading multispeciality hospitals. BBH is located near our campus, and our students will have preferential access to outpatient, in-patient and emergency health care services 24/7.

Please note: The guidelines above may be subject to change in accordance with applicable Government and University notifications.