The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry has given a green signal for the Indian Institute of Mass Communication's (IIMC) bid to apply for a deemed university status.
According to sources, the IIMC can now seek permission from the University Grants Commission (UGC) for a change in status. The IIMC is now an autonomous institute under the I&B Ministry.
Obtaining are deemed university status by the IIMC means that it does not have to seek consent from the Parliament or the ministry for its elevation.
Currently, IIMC is offering post-graduate diploma coures, which are not counted as a degree for pursuing higher education, research or a career in academics.
Information and broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu has agreed in principle to the institute's request. "It has been proposed that instead of introducing a bill in Parliament for seeking an institute of national importance status for it as was suggested earlier, IIMC will be a deemed university with Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI) and the National Centre of Excellence in Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects affiliated to it," an official said.
According to HT, while resenting the general budget for 2014-15, finance minister Arun Jaitley had said both FTII and SRFTI will be accorded the status of institutes of national importance.
IIMC has been receiving requests from students to offer them a degree as a post-graduate certificate made them eligible for pursuing higher education and government jobs.
IIMC director KG Suresh said: "We are in an expansion mode and this will help us prepare students for higher education and career options other than journalism, advertising and public relations."