One of the oldest Journalism colleges is in India, the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) is on the road to become a deemed university after the University Grants Commission (UGC) advised the government to issue it a Letter of Intent (LoI) under the ‘De Novo’ category. The said category, as per the laws of UGC for deemed-to-be universities, alludes to an institution that focuses on teaching and research in “emerging areas of knowledge”. The LoI has laid down five conditions which, if fulfilled, will grant IIMC the deemed university status.
At present, the institute offers a one-year Post Graduate Diploma in a total of eight courses across six campuses (Delhi, Dhenkanal, Jammu, Aizawl, Kottayam, Amravati) located across the country. IIMC becoming a deemed university will allow them to grant fully fledged degrees in place of diplomas. IIMC had got an approval to apply for the deemed university status from the I&B Ministry sometime last year, sending the proposal on 8 June 2017. After that, the UGC had set up a committee to have a look in at the prospect and had also sent teams to the institute’s Dhenkanal and Delhi centers.
Now, the first committee corroborated the claim. The team sent for inspection to the two centers is also in support, albeit under a few conditions. These include the institute preparing a detailed syllabus of the five new programmes it is proposing to offer.
Also, it needs to upgrade its infrastructure and get faculty as per the norms decreed by the UGC, and its Memorandum of Association or Rules should be as per the UGC regulations.