The Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar announced the proposal for launch of a Communications University on the eve of Golden Jubilee of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in 2015.
While addressing the convocation that is held annually in the institution, Javedekar pointed out of his willingness to propose an idea where IIMC, which has five regional branches, could get transferred into a Communications University by the new academic session of 2015. The idea would be open for discussions and it would be up on the official website of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, so that views from various sections of the society could get recorded in turning out IIMC into a Communications University.
He pointed out that, “Communication is very important for any participatory democracy and our mission is to create a participatory communication model where everyone could take part”. He further suggested the students of IIMC to conduct a study on the recently-concluded election campaigns of the two states Maharashtra and Haryana to understand the way democracy has been utilized to its fullest. He said that the results of the recently concluded elections are clear indications that the people of India want change.
The minister also spoke about the independence and responsibility of the media that goes hand in hand and said, “Every freedom comes with responsibility” and the media units should become sensible and responsible in their account of presenting news and avoid sensationalism. He also talked about the growing importance of social media and its reach in wider audiences in the country changing the overall media scenario in the country.
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