The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended the Ministry of Human Resource Development to grant deemed university status to the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had last year formed a four-member committee headed by BK Kuthiala, the vice-chancellor of Makhanlal Chaturvedi University, Bhopal, to analyse the proposal by the IIMC.

“Based on the committee’s recommendation and inspection team’s feedback the UGC has recommended that the ministry should issue a Letter of Intent (LoI) to the journalism school under the ‘De Novo’ category. The status will enable the institute to grant degrees instead of diplomas,” a senior UGC official said. ‘De Novo’ refers to an institution which focuses on teaching and research in emerging areas of knowledge.

The institute, one of the prestigious journalism schools in the country functions under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and offers diploma courses in journalism, advertising and public relations.

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