IIMCs to award degrees

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 23:51

New Delhi: Government is working towards
upgrading Indian Institute of Mass Communication to award
degrees and a draft Bill is being finalised in this regard, a
top official of Information and Broadcasting Ministry said
on Wednesday.

"A draft Bill is being finalised so that it can be
presented before Parliament and enacted at the earliest so
that IIMC is empowered to grant degrees," I&B Secretary Raghu
Menon said.

Speaking at the IIMC`s 44th convocation function here
which saw 318 students being conferred PG diplomas in
journalism and advertisement and public relations, he said
government is in discussion with the state governments of
Jammu & Kashmir and Kerala for opening regional centres of
IIMC.

Two new regional centres of IIMC at Aizawl, Mizoram and
Amravati in Maharashtra have started functioning from this
academic year.

They are at present functioning from temporary campuses
provided to IIMC by Mizoram University and the Sant Gadge
Baba Amravati University but the Institute will be going
ahead with the construction of its own permanent campuses at
these places, for which land has been identified, he said.

Menon said the Indian media and entertainment industry,
which is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, is
registering a positive growth after a slowdown during the
global recession.

23 students of PG diploma courses 2010-11 in Hindi,
English, Oriya, radio and TV journalism and advertisement and
public relations were also given awards on the occasion.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 23:51

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