ACJ’s campus at Taramani, Chennai, has a built up area of 80,000 sq ft. and comprises the college and the residential blocks.
With its diversity, liveliness, educational and developmental resources and cultural traditions, Chennai provides students of journalism with a vast laboratory to explore and test their skills.
The location gives the campus the unique advantage of being insulated from the din and bustle of the metropolis and yet just a fifteen minute metro train-ride away from its nerve centre.
The campus is ecologically friendly with solar power panels generating a significant part of the electricity consumed.
The waste generated in the accommodation and canteen is segregated and the organic waste is composted into manure for the plants on the campus.
A weather station installed on the terrace of the academic block in collaboration with The Weather Company, an IBM business, offers realtime data. This data and other material offered by The Weather Company helps students to track changes in weather patterns over the years.
The composite facility provides an excellent setting for students to live and learn together in a congenial and stimulating atmosphere.
The college complex includes:
- 10 large computer labs
- 8 classrooms, big and small, fitted with modern teaching aids
- A large hi-tech multimedia lecture hall
- 2 conference halls
- A spacious and well stocked library
- A workshop facility and a seminar room each
- Print and new media edit desks with latest production software
- An Integrated Digital Newsroom to produce stories combining, text, video and audio
- 2 digital TV studios with multi-camera shooting floors and attached production control rooms
- 10 digital TV edit suites;
- A digital studio section equipped for audio recording, editing and multi-track mixing
- A commodious canteen and students’ common rooms
- A state of the art, 342-seater multimedia auditorium conceived as a versatile space for music, dance, theatre, video screenings, meetings and seminars
Library: The Asian College of Journalism has a carefully selected collection of books relating to media and journalism, domain areas such as history and politics, business and economy, social sciences, biographies, and fiction.
The library collection also includes standard reference works, books on editing, reporting, news writing, page design and layouts. There are several recollections, memoirs and essays by award winning journalists.
All students have access to computers with high speed connectivity (Wi-Fi), LAN networking, and software packages.
UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre for South Asian Journalism
The UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre for South Asian Journalism, which is housed on the campus, undertakes research programmes on the news media, mapping and monitoring the news media in India and South Asia, developing new perspectives on news media coverage of deprivation and the challenge of peace building in the region.
Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is one of India’s great metropolises, combining the old and the new, the modern and the traditional. Greater Chennai’s population was 6.42 million, according to the Census of 2001. It has a rich cultural tradition and is home to highly regarded educational and research institutions as well as to some of the best medical centres in the country. It has major communication and media resources and is one of India’s leading centres for software development and for information and communication technology. Mahabalipuram and Kancheepuram, two ancient historical heritage centres, are within striking distance of Chennai.