The Ministry of Human Resource Development issued a Letter of Intent (LoI) to the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). The institution is to be granted the deemed university status. This will enable them to offer degrees to the students in place of diplomas.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) had already asked MHRD to do so in the month of August. HRD Higher Education Secretary R Subramanyam told PTI that “A LoI has been issued to the IIMC and certain anomalies have been pointed out. Once they are removed, the institute will be granted deemed university status.”
It is one of the premiere journalism schools in the country that offers postgraduate diploma courses in journalism, advertising and public relations. The institution functions under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
IIMC Director General K G Suresh mentioned to PTI that “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.”
The LoI has been issued under the De Novo category that refers to an institution which focuses on teaching and research in emerging areas of knowledge.