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Every third person in urban India is a youth. In less than a decade from now, India, with a median age of twenty-nine years, will be the youngest nation in the world (State of the Urban Youth, India 2012, UN Habitat). The youth have a crucial role to play in shaping the development discourse and in contributing to the rapid changes occurring in the social arena. The media is an essential instrument to raise awareness, build public interest and bring about change. A certificate course has been designed to equip the youth to engage themselves in the social change process and to use development writing as a tool to bring about this change.


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Admission Criteria and Fees

Admission is open to students of any discipline or specialisation. The participants will be selected on the basis of an aptitude test. The selected candidates may join the course after paying the course fees of Rs. 3000. The application form can be collected and filled from the office of St. Joseph’s College, Lalbagh Road, Bangalore.

(The admissions for the certificate course “DEVELOPMENTAL JOURNALISM AND VOLUNTEERING” for students is for the academic year 2015-16 is OPEN. )

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Unpaid internship opportunities are available in the Tackle program of headstreams Admission is open to students of any discipline or specialisation. You can write to us at contact@headstreams.org for more details.

Benefits of the Course

The course offers the dual advantage of a certificate program in development journalism and a field-based internship opportunity. The experience would add to the students’ profile of work and contribute to those who envisage a career in journalism or in creative non-fiction work. The domain experience gained by volunteering in the Tackle program would aid those who seek to serve among children and adolescents. Further, it would be an added advantage for those who are looking for a career in the development sector.


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Organisers of the course

St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Bangalore is one of the oldest colleges in the State of Karnataka with a history of more than 130 years behind it. It imparts graduate, post-graduate and research education while searching, renewing and expanding itself, attempting to be ever relevant to the changing situations of the times. The College believes in the Jesuit and constitutional ideal of contributing towards a society of equality, fraternity and liberty through an admission policy of preferential option for the poor. Merit is understood in a larger perspective here. While it is the desire of the college to provide quality education to as many young men and women from all of sections of society, it proactively extends support to students who lack opportunities.

headstreams is a non-governmental development organisation registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960. It promotes self-reliance and facilitates development of the economically and socially deprived people through community organisation, action and support services. headstreams has undertaken social development activities under an initiative titled ‘aalamba’ meaning ‘help and support’ both in urban (Bangalore) and rural (Bagalkot District) Karnataka. Aalamba has so far focused on various initiatives for livelihood development particularly among women, through the formation of Self-Help Groups (SHGs). The initiative encouraged women to not just save money but to also look at undertaking livelihood initiatives, which have gone a long way not just in their economic development but in their psycho-social development as well. This journey of partnership was carried forward by initiating the Vidhyabhivrudhi scheme which was a savings and grant scheme for education, of the children of women in the SHGs. The initiatives on education have grown further in the recent years and have been consolidated into a programme titled ‘Tackle’. The activities of Tackle have included summer camps for children from low-income areas, reflective sessions for children in Government schools, Makkala Grama Sabhas (children’s village councils) in rural areas and Tackle creative learning fests for high school children in Government schools.

St. Joseph’s College has always partnered with headstreams in all its activities. The College hosted the first Tackle fest in 2012 which saw the participation of over 260 school children and over 60 volunteers. Current and past students and faculty of the college have also been part of conceptualising and conducting the Tackle summer camps and other activities of headstreams.

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For more details of the course and to enrol, please contact:

Dr. Cheriyan Alexander, HoD / Professor Kannaki Deka, Department of English, St. Joseph’s College, Lalbagh Road, Bangalore


Dr. Naveen I. Thomas, Co-ordinator, headstreams, Ph: 080-25200318

You can also write to contact@headstreams.org for more details.

Register Now: http://goo.gl/forms/YhxlqYYDxM