HRD Ministry issues Letter of Intent to IIMC; Institute can now grant degrees

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NEW DELHI: Here comes the good news for Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). The Ministry of Human Resource & Development has issued a Letter of Intent (LoI) to IIMC on Thursday. The issued Lol grants IIMC a status of the deemed university which will enable the institute to grant degrees instead of diplomas.

IIMC is one of the renowned journalism institutes in India. The institute functions under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting offers which postgraduate diploma courses in journalism, advertising and public relations.

Speaking on the recent development, K G Suresh, IIMC Director General told PTI, “We look forward to it and this is going to be a game changer in the field of media education in the country. There has been a big vacuum in that area. So far, we were preparing students for the industry but deemed university status would enable us to offer postgraduate courses, including Masters, MPhil and PhD, and thereby, we would be able to prepare students for the academia as well.”

How did this happen?

In August, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had recommended the HRD Ministry to grant deemed university status to the IIMC. This came into to limelight when R Subramanyam, Higher Education Secretary, HRD Ministry in one of his interview that LoI has been issued to the IIMC and certain anomalies have been pointed out. On the removal of them, the institute will be granted deemed university status.

In 2017, UGC had formed a 4-member committee, which was headed by B K Kuthiala, vice-chancellor of Makhanlal Chaturvedi University in Bhopal. This committee was formed to analyse the proposal by the IIMC. However, the panel was later disbanded and two committees — one headed by Sachidanand Joshi, member secretary, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and other headed by M S Parmar, vice-chancellor, Kushabhau Thakre University of Journalism — made the recommendation.

So, based on the committee’s recommendation and tem’s feedback, UGC recommended that the ministry should issue LoI to the journalism school under the ‘De Novo’ category.

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