Bimal Julka, Secretary of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, said on Tuesday that the government has pledged to provide education of high standards in journalism and communication domain, at Indian Institute Mass Communication through a set of new manoeuvres.
The ministry was working out on the methods and the draft bill to organise IIMC as an "Institute of National Importance", he informed. The preparations are in the final stage, he said.
Julka said this during the convocation address at the 46th Convocation gathering of the IIMC.
Julka said that making IIMC as an "Institute of National Importance", would result in the institute gaining access to award degrees, in addition to the Post-Graduate Diplomas that IIMC presently awards.
IIMC would be able to provide courses at the level of post-graduate,award degrees like Ph.D and M.Phil and also conduct research on media studies and communication. IIMC can further advise the Government in polices framed for communication and media, which are essential for the nations development.
Funds required for the same had been given by the ministry to the institute for constructing a permanent campuses as soon as the allocation of the land was granted by the state government, Julka said.
IIMC has had influence internationally and had signed two important international cooperation agreement recently. They were with Australia's Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and Chile's University Mayor in Santiago.
Initiatives like these give an opportunity for successful cooperation in research related to student and faculty exchange initiatives and academic programmes
Officers of the Indian Information Service will be able to get training programmes for short term, as a result of the bilateral agreement. The institute will also be able to undertake joint research projects at the same time.
316 students from all six campuses of IIMC in India got their diplomas for post-graduation at the convocation gathering.
26 brilliant students received awards for their performance in various courses of PG diploma.