UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre of South Asian Journalism (UMCSAJ)

Since the 26 October 2010, Mme Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General announced that the 12 SAF Institutions of Excellence will be able to use UNESCO logo and named UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institutions of Excellence.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the South Asia Foundation (SAF) and the Media Development Foundation (MDF) sets forth the agreements reached between the parties relating to the setting up of the Madanjeet Singh Resource Centre for Journalism Studies at the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) administered by the MDF in Chennai, India

June 2017:- MoU signed between South Asia Foudnation & UMCSAJ ( UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre of South Asian Journalism)

Director   : Mr Sashi Kumar
Registrar : Ms. Sudha Umapathy

Applications for the SAF Madanjeet Singh group scholarship at ACJ should go through the secretary of the board of your respective country and get the approval of the Chairperson, whereas for Indian, the selection will be made by ACJ on marit bases of written test and interview. In an innovative move designed to promote regional cooperation, the South Asia Foundation (SAF) has instituted 8 full scholarships for young people (women and men) from the eight SAARC countries to study at the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre of South Asian Journalism (UMCSAJ), Chennai.

The scholarships will cover the tuition, living and travel costs of the selected students for the duration of the ACJ's ten-month post-graduate diploma course in journalism.
Students from Afghanistan started benefiting from the scholarships in 2003, Bangladesh in 2002, Bhutan in 2002, India in 2002, Maldives in 2002, Nepal in 2002, Pakistan in 2004 and Sri Lanka in 2002.

A Bachelor’s Degree is mandatory. Graduates in any discipline are eligible to apply for admission to the ACJ-Bloomberg Business and Financial Journalism programme and the ACJ Fully Integrated Journalism programme.

Candidates who are yet to write their undergraduate degree examination (because of the delay due to the lockdown) as well as those awaiting the results of their undergraduate examination are also eligible to apply.

Enrolled students should provide their mark sheet or degree certificate to the Registrar ideally within the first week of commencement of classes. However, since the undergraduate exam results are likely to be delayed, more time may be given for submission of the certificates. All students awaiting their examination results should provide their degree certificate latest by the end of March 2022

Entrance Examination & Interview.

After a careful assessment of applications, shortlisted candidates will be required to take an online entrance examination. Candidates can take the examination individually in their homes or at any place where they have access to a computer with internet facility.

The examination will be held online in real time on Sunday May 23, 2021 between 10 am and 12 noon.

The candidates will receive an email between May 19 and May 21, 2021 detailing the process of connecting online for the examination on May 23, 2021.


UMCSAJ 2014, April15
Front Row Left to Right:- Dr. Syeda Hameed, Vice Chairperson SAF-India; Madame France Marquet,Trustee MSF & SAF;  Prof Salima Hashmi, Chairperson, SAF-Pakistan
Second Row Left to Right:- Mr Navin B Chawla, Advisor, MSF;  Mr N Ram, President, MSF; Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, UNESCO  Director & Representative to India; Dr Nishchal N Pandey, Chairperson SAF-Nepal; Mr Kamal Hossain, Chairperson, SAF-Bangaldesh; Prof Veena Sikri, Vice Chairperson, SAF-India;
During the Visit to UMCSAJ on 15 April, 2014

The online examination will be followed by an online interview between Thursday May 27 and Saturday May 29, 2021. Candidates will be individually informed in advance about the date and time of the online interview.

Candidates who seek counseling to decide which of the two courses to take or need more information on the unique advantages of the ACJ-Bloomberg programme, may please contact 91-44-22542842-44/47/40 and will be referred to the appropriate member of the faculty who can assist them.

Admission results will be intimated to successful students individually by email by May 31, 2021.

In the eventuality of lockdown conditions persisting over a long period, please be assured that ACJ has the inbuilt technology, digital firepower and professional capability and skillsets to deliver its postgraduate programme online until conditions are congenial to transit to offline classes. ACJ’s unique and exclusive online teaching and learning methods leveraging customized digital technology have set it apart in a class of its own among J-schools internationally.

*The entrance examination and interview dates have been shifted from those notified earlier since the earlier dates were clashing with those of the University examination in Delhi as announced in April 2021. Consequently the dates for fee payments have also been shifted..

Applicants from SAARC countries (except India) can be submited nomination through  their SAF- Scretary  - Click here to know your SAF- Secretry
SAF Scholar from India will be decided by the Admission Committee of Asian College of Journalisum ( to know more visit ACJ website)


  • Applicants are required to indicate, in their completed application, both the stream of specialisation and the integration course opted for i.e. Print, New Media and Broadcast.
  • Application Forms will be processed only if they are complete in all respects and on receipt of the application fee.

News Kathmandu, Nepal - 23rd September 2021

Ms Sonika Aryal, Alumna, UMCSAJ (Batch 2017-18) engaged with Mr Binod Bhandari, National Cricket Player from Nepal

Ms Sonika Aryal, SAF Alumna, is an experienced News Anchor and Sports anchor with a demonstrated history of working in the Broadcast Media Industry.

Testimony Kathandu, Nepal - 12th May 2021

Ms. Aditi Pokharel, UMCSAJ SAF Scholar from Nepal sharing her experience

I was preparing for my Master’s studies when I heard of Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) and South Asia Foundation (SAF) scholarship for the post-grad course....

News Zoom Virtual Plateform Broadcast from Chennai, India - 16th April 2021

UMCSAJ organized a Virtual Memorial Lecture on 97th Birthday Anniversary of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Madanjeet Singh

UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre of South Asian Journalism (UMCSAJ) organized Virtual Memorial Lecture  on 97th Birthday  Anniversary of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Madanjeet Singh

News On Zoom - 15th April 2021

E-invite UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Madanjeet Singh Memorial Lecture on April 16, 2021, 4pm IST


News Nepal, Kathmandu - 19th January 2021

Ms Ayusha and Ms Aditi qualified for 2021-22 Batch at UMSCAJ from Nepal "Chapter"

Dr. Nischal Nath Pandey Chairperson, SAF-Nepal gave a warm farewell to two SAF- Nepal Scholars before leaving from Nepal to UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre of South Asian Journalism (UMCSAJ), ACJ Chennai, India