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.

MSF Representatives with SAF Scholars at UMCSAJ on 25 April, 2015 uploaded by Sunil Binjola
Director   : Mr Sashi Kumar
Registrar : Ms. Sudha Umapathy

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

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
07th May 2007

Applications for the SAF Madanjeet Singh group scholarship at ACJ should go through the secretary of the boardof 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 and students awaiting their degree examination results are eligible to apply for admission to the ACJ. Enrolled students should provide their degree certificate to the Registrar within the first week of commencement of classes. Students awaiting their examination results should provide their degree certificate latest by the end of February 2021
Entrance Examination

After a careful assessment of applications, shortlisted candidates will be required to take an online entrance examination at the centre they have opted for on Sunday, May 17, 2020 between 09.00 am and 02.00 pm.

The candidates will receive an email regarding their hall ticket between May 12 and May 15, 2020.

The examination will be offered in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ranchi, Patna, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, and possibly other cities, depending on the number of applications received from a particular region.

The examination will be delivered online in real time and will be in two parts: (a) to test the applicant’s English language skills and (b) awareness of current affairs and general knowledge. Other procedures may be prescribed for candidates from abroad.


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, Mr 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


Applicants shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the entrance examination will be invited to an interview at the college between May 30 and June 3, 2020.

The names of applicants shortlisted for the interview will be posted on our website by May 23, 2020. The applicants will also be intimated individually by email.

Admission results will be announced on June 4, 2020.


Last date for receiving applications : April 20, 2020

Entrance Exam : May 17, 2020

Interview Dates : May 30, 2020 to June 3, 2020

 Result Announced in Website : June 4, 2020

The classes for the CLASS OF 2021 will begin from Monday July 6, 2020.


Application Procedure

The application form may either be submitted ONLINE or DOWNLOAD and completed.

Last date for receiving applications is April 20, 2020.


  • 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 Nepal, Kathmandu - 19th January 2021

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

News UMCSAJ, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, India - 12th March 2020

Scholarships open for Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism at UMCSAJ, Last date 20 April, 2020

News UMCSAJ, Chennai, India - 11th January 2020

Ms. Aashiyana Adhikari from National College, Kathmandu University gave a presentation on Nepali media coverage at UMCSAJ

News Social Media, Facebook - 10th January 2020

SAF Scholars Alumni Association on Facebook

In the media New Delhi, India - 16th November 2018

Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley presents Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award to Mr. N. Ram Trustee, SAF -India

In the media New Delhi, India - 6th November 2018

Mr. N. Ram, SAF Trustee, SAF-India, Chosen for The Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award

News UMCSAJ, Chennai - 7th May 2018

The ACJ awards for investigative journalism 2017 and Convocation of the class of 2017-18.

News UMCSAJ, Chennai - 1st May 2018

UMCSAJ Invites to attend ACJ Award for Investigative Journalism ( 2017) and the Convocation of the Class of 2018

News Asian College of Journalism (UMCSAJ), Chennai - 6th March 2018

UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Center for South Asian Journalisum(UMCSAJ) announces fully paid scholarship for PG Diploma in Journalisum

News Kathmandu, Nepal - 5th November 2017

Mr Sashi Kumar, Director, UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre of South Asian Journalism (UMCSAJ) met UMCSAJ's alumni from Nepal