The 44th Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Mass Communication held today at 11 a.m. at the Institute’s Auditorium “Manch”. 318 students have been awarded PG Diplomas in Journalism and Advertisement & Public Relations.
Speaking in the event ‘The Chief Election Commissioner of India’ Dr. S.Y.Quraishi has said that media is not only a watchdog of the welfare of the citizens but it also plays a vital role to educate them, make them more aware about what is happening around the country and the world, and also to motivate them to become informed and better citizens.
In our country, the three pillars of democracy, namely, the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary are very strongly complemented by the fourth estate, that is, the media. He said, the Commission and the Media should continue to work together to build a healthy, transparent, honest and sustainable edifice of democracy. – Dr. Quraishi added
Speaking on the occasion Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Chairman, IIMC Shri Raghu Menon said that two new regional centres of IIMC at Aizawl in Mizoram and Amravati in Maharashtra have started functioning from this academic year. They are at present functioning from temporary campuses provided to IIMC by the 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 centres, for which land has been identified. He said, his Ministry is also in discussions with the state governments of Jammu & Kashmir and Kerala for opening regional centres in these states as well.
Shri Menon said, his Ministry is working towards upgradation of the IIMC so that it is able to grant degrees. A draft Bill is being finalized so that it can be presented before Parliament and enacted at the earliest so that IIMC is empowered to grant degrees.
Shri Menon said, the Indian media and entertainment industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy. It is true that in 2008 and 2009, there was a slowdown in this sector due to the global recession. But now things have started looking up and growth rates in this sector are on the rise once again. Industry reports say that, in the coming years, the Indian media and entertainment industry will grow at a cumulative growth rate of 12.4 percent reaching to Rs. 1040 billion in 2014. He said, in order to achieve and sustain this growth rate, the industry requires a large number of trained media professionals.
Shri Menon said, IIMC can play a greater role in providing quality trained professionals to the industry in adequate numbers. That is why the government is placing emphasis on the expansion and upgradation of the IIMC.
The Director General of IIMC Shri Sunit Tandon presented the Institute’s report on the occasion. A total of 318 Students were Conferred PG Diplomas at the Convocation. 23 students of PG Diploma Courses 2010-11 in Hindi, English, Oriya, Radio & TV Journalism and Advertisement & Public Relations were also given awards on the occasion.
Source: Press Information Bureau
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