UGC wants IIMC to get a status of the deemed university but the Ministry of HRD resist to move parallel with UGC’s decision
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) to grant deemed university status to the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).
UGC also advised the government to issue a Letter of Intent (LoI) to the journalism school under the‘’De Novo’ category. Under the De Novo category, the institute will be able to grant degrees instead of diplomas. Along with providing degrees, it will also be able to focus on teaching and research in the emerging areas of knowledge.
Will the institution be able to provide degrees?
Last year, UGC has formed a four-member committee headed by BK Kuthiala, the vice-chancellor of Makhanlal Chaturvedi University Bhopal, to analyse the proposal for the IIMC.
Well, presently the institute is one of the renowned journalism schools in the country, functioning under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. It offers diploma courses in journalism, advertising and public relations at six of its campuses across the country. After, Delhi and Dhenkanal it had expanded itself to the areas of Jammu, Amravati, Kottayam and Aizawl over the last five years.
For the institutions like IIMC, the idea to grant deemed university status isn’t a new one where Ministry of I&B had also approved the plan in 2016. It was also recommended by Niti Aayog to merge IIMC with either Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Centre for Media Studies or with Jamia Millia Islamia’s AJK Mass Communication Research Centre.
Conditions to be fulfilled before granting the status
The UGC then set up an expert committee to examine the plan and had also sent teams to visit the IIMC campuses in Delhi and Dhenkanal.
The first committee of experts recommended deemed university status for the institute and the inspection team also supported the proposal, but on a few conditions. Firstly, the journalism school should prepare a detailed syllabus of the five new programmes it was proposed to offer. Second, it should appoint faculty and also upgrade the infrastructure as per UGC norms. Lastly, its Memorandum of Association or Rules should be in accordance with UGC regulations.
However, the things aren’t going well with the institution as the idea to provide it with a deemed status is still an idea. No clue is coming up from the side of government regarding its implementation.