IIMC director general K G Suresh told The Indian Express that the decision was unanimous and would ensure greater transparency. The Indian Express had on Friday reported about IIMC’s plans to adopt the rules.
JD(U) MPs Ali Anwar Ansari, Kahkashan Perween and Ramnath Thakur have in their letter to Irani also mentioned that the administration was trying to “impose” CCS rules. “Is the attempt to snatch academic freedom of faculty members at higher educational institutions, and especially at institutes of journalism, justified?” they have written.
The review of autonomous bodies, starting with those constituted under the Societies Registration Act, commenced in January this year and the first phase covered 114 bodies across seven ministries/departments.
The institute for journalism, radio and advertising saw a nearly 40 per cent jump in the number of applications.
Students from within and outside IIMC have also decided to protest at the venue Saturday against the invitation to S R P Kalluri, former IG of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar, who has earlier been pulled up by NHRC for “abuse of power”.
The institute has also set up a ‘New Media and IT’ department at its Delhi campus considering the expansion of the digital media.
Suresh, currently a Senior Consulting Editor with Doordarshan News, served in an honorary capacity as Senior Fellow with New Delhi-based think tank Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF).
Amit Sengupta, an Associate Professor English Journalism department, quit after an order was issued transferring him to the premier media school’s campus in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district, which he slammed as a “political decision”.
The Dalit student who lodged a formal complaint in this case has also been suspended for a week from the hostel for having used an expletive against a senior female faculty member.
A student of English Journalism at the institute has accused a fellow student of making derogatory remarks which he says has caused “severe distress” amidst the Dalit and Adivasi communities.
“In a nutshell, the erosion of autonomy and excessive bureaucratisation of IIMC has seriously affected the functioning, academic standards and morale of the faculty and employees,” said the letter to Jaitley.
Rathore wanted that Rout — an Indian Information Service officer who is currently additional director-general of news in Doordarshan — be posted as the IIMC director-general.
The institute has been functioning in Maharashtra from 2011-12 from the Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University.
The premier B-School had participated in the FT Global Rankings survey for the first time this year.
IIMC will soon start a certificate course to impart necessary skills among Urdu journalists.