The website about the Institute of Journalism, Press Club, Trivandrum. Hosted by the Students of the PG Diploma in Journalism Course 2005-06
History of the Institute
About the Press Club
The Press Club, Thiruvananthapuram with over 240 members on its rolls was set up on 8th February 1968. When it started functioning as a body of professional journalists in the State capital, the Seven founding-fathers of the press club had a dream to make it not only a center of journalistic activities but also a unique institution which offered facilities for research and training. At the same time, the Club has all along also performed as a 'watch-dog' body, fighting to protect the rights of the journalists, besides encouraging and recognizing talent and competence. The Club today has its own buildings where journalist-members can assemble and pursue their avocation with full freedom and zeal. The Club has instituted 7 awards for the best journalists selected by eminent persons from various walks of life. We have a welfare scheme under which education and medical assistance as well as assistance for marriage of the children of the members are given. On death the next of kin of the deceased is given Rs 10000/- from the welfare fund. The Press Club has begun its pension scheme by which a minimum of Rs 500/- per month will be paid to the retiring journalists and the Welfare Scheme have been enlarged to hospital charges reimbursement and educational incentives to the meritorious children of journalist.
About the Institute
But, the Club's most prestigious contribution to the field of journalism is the setting up of an Institute of Journalism in 1968. The founder-director of the Institute was the legendary M Sivaram whose vision and foresight has made it into a premier institution of its kind in the country. Perhaps, this is the only institute in India, which is run by professional journalists active in the field. We are proud that in almost every major newspaper, news agency or other institution in the field of mass communication, one can see active alumni of our institute. The Institute offers one year part time course and graduate course. Admission to the Course is on the bases of performance in an entrance examination and an interview, which is essentially an aptitude test. We select only hundred students though over 800 candidates appear for the entrance examination from all parts of the State every year.