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Nation to get four more IIMCs,I&B minister announces at institute’s convocation ceremony

As the Indian Institute of Mass Communication,Delhi,held its 42nd convocation ceremony,the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni announced that the government is planning to add four more IIMCs to its existing Delhi and Dhenkanal,Orissa,campuses.

As the Indian Institute of Mass Communication,Delhi,held its 42nd convocation ceremony,the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni announced that the government is planning to add four more IIMCs to its existing Delhi and Dhenkanal,Orissa,campuses.

Delivering the convocation address,Soni also laid shared a detailed plan of upgrading IIMC to an International Media University,which would award degrees and also support research.

The proposal to establish the International Media University was announced at the 41st IIMC convocation by the-then I&B minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi.

The four new IIMC centres are to be set up in four regions of the country — while Jammu and Kashmir in the north and Mizoram in the east have been decided,the southern and western state are yet to be shortlisted. A source in I&B ministry,however,said the centre in the west would be set up in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region,and the announcement was withheld due to a possible violation of the election Code of Conduct.

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Soni also spoke about the possible role of the students of the International Media University in dealing with controversies about the broadcast of objectionable material. “I will also draw upon the think-tank of the International Media University that we will create,and ask them,‘What should we do? What is the best way forward’,” she said.

Around 240 students successfully completed IIMC’s various post-graduate diploma courses and some were awarded for their performance. Gunjan Shukla won the IIMC award for English Journalism,Chetna Bhatia won the PTI Bhasha award for Hindi Journalism,Anubhav Vaish won the Achin Ganguly Memorial award for Advertisement and Public Relations stream,and Isha Bhatnagar won the award for Radio and Television Journalism.

The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief,Shekhar Gupta,who was the guest of honour at the function,in his address advised the students for their future. “All of you are leaving this campus with a pretty solid box filled with some pretty fine tools. What you do with these tools — what new ones you add to this box,which ones you let rust — is going to shape you,” Gupta said referring to the skills taught at IIMC.

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IIMC director Stuti Kacker and Raghu menon,I&B secretary and IIMC chairman were also present during the function.

First published on: 09-09-2009 at 03:48:14 am
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