Government reviewing proposal to proclaim IIMC as an institute of national importance

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The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), one of the most premier institutes of Mass Communication in the nation, could be granted the status of ‘An institute of national importance’ by the central government.

The Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore told Lok Sabha in a written reply that the “final draft” of the Bill — ‘The Indian Institute of Mass Communication Bill, 2015’ for soliciting the approval of the Cabinet for its introduction in Parliament has also been prepared.

He, however, added, “The Ministry of HRD is examining the proposal to include all such institutes proposed to be ‘Institutions of National Importance’ by various ministries or departments under the existing Central Universities Act, 2009”.

He asserted that “the further action to accord the status of ‘Institution of National Importance’ depends on the comments or advise of the ministry”.

Rathore also said the Jammu and Kashmir and Maharashtra governments have communicated about making land available for IIMC centres in Jammu and Amravati, respectively.

How much of this will be implemented, and what consequences shall transpire, only time can tell.

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