JAMMU, Feb 17: Taking some major initiatives , the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) is contemplating to introduce PG Diploma in Journalism in local languages besides some short term courses for working journalists.
This was informed by K G Suresh, Director General of IIMC, during an informal chat with media persons, here today, during his maiden visit to Jammu after taking over as DG IIMC.
” We are also planning to reserve at least 15 percent seats for the local candidates so that finally selected students may be accommodated in IIMC campuses at their respective States,” he said but added that there would be no change in all India level combined competitive exam for the admission.
While elaborating on the necessity of introducing PG Diploma of Journalism in local languages, Mr Suresh said that keeping in view the demand and latest trends in the profession, IIMC has planned to encourage Journalism in local languages, subject to the demand and availability of faculty. “In Jammu, we are planning to introduce the Journalism course in Hindi as well as in Urdu,” he said.
K G Suresh, who was a working journalist for around 30 years before being appointed as DG IIMC, also informed about some initiatives being taken for enhancing professional skills of the media fraternity. He also expressed his desire to have some collaboration between IIMC and the Press Club of Jammu for exchange of programmes.
Manohar Khajuria, Special Officer, IIMC Jammu Centre, who was accompanying the DG, informed that work on construction of IIMC’s own campus is likely to start very soon as land for the same has already been identified near Ban Talab Jammu and taken into possession. Presently, the IIMC centre is being run from a rented accommodation at Bahu Plaza.
PVK Raja, Deputy Registrar IIMC, Neha Jalali, Deputy Director Field Publicity and Kamal Sharma were accompanying the DG IIMC during the interaction.