President Droupadi Murmu on Thursday inaugurated a permanent regional campus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), as part of his visit to Mizoram. The campus will teach postgraduate courses in English Journalism and Digital Media, as well as short courses in media and communication.
IIMC, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, has its main campus in New Delhi and now five regional campuses: at Dhenkanal in Odisha, Aizawl in Mizoram, Jammu in J&K, Kottayam in Kerala and Amravati in Maharashtra .
The regional campuses have been created with the aim of serving the different regions and meeting the need for media education throughout the country, according to a statement from the Ministry.
IIMC North East Campus started functioning in 2011 from a temporary building made available by Mizoram University. The construction of the campus started in 2015 and was completed in 2019 at a cost of 25 million rupees. The campus is built on the eight acres of land given by Mizoram University and has separate administrative and academic buildings along with hostels and staff quarters, the Ministry statement said.
The campus also enables its students to get jobs in media organizations across the country through campus placements and their own efforts, including Doordarshan, All India Radio and PTI, the Ministry said.
“The permanent campus of IIMC Aizawl will be a boost to media and mass communication studies across the Northeast,” said President Droupadi Murmu, while inaugurating IIMC Aizawl.