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Training ground for budding newspersons

One of the most reputable journalism schools in the country, the IIMC is home to aspiring journalists both for the print and the electronic media reports Treesha Datta

education Updated: Jun 09, 2010 09:53 IST
Treesha Datta

Set up in 1965, the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) is India’s oldest and one of the most prestigious mass communication institutes. What makes IIMC so special is the mix of a highly qualified faculty (all pioneers in their own fields), excellent infrastructure and a crop of deserving students screened through a national entrance test. Only two out of every 100 students who sit for the exam finally make it. “The infrastructure and facilities at IIMC are great and at par with any private institute that charges almost twice the fees. A student has a reasonable amount of freedom to use the available equipment and learn on his/her own. Also, as one enters the real industry, one realises that the brand of IIMC does matter if only for its recall value,” says Aditi Uberoi, an ex-student.

Ranked as the numero uno institute for mass communication by various national magazines, newspapers and websites, the brand value of the institute has only increased with the appointment of, Sunit Tandon, eminent theatre and television personality and CEO of Lok Sabha TV, as the director of the institute.

“(Tandon) has been a part of the industry for a long time now and is, therefore, well-equipped with the experience and vision required to take the institute to higher levels of excellence. We as students are expecting great things,” says Isha Pharka, a journalism student.

Famous for: Along with its regular one-year courses, the college also conducts a diploma course in development journalism for mid-career journalists from non-aligned and developing countries. Short-term courses on radio jockeying and photography also attract students from all over the country.

Programmes: One-year postgraduate diploma courses in journalism (English, Hindi, Oriya, and radio and television) and a one-year PG diploma in advertising and public relations.

Extracurricular: Along with the week long Hindi Pakhwada celebrations and the annual festival called ‘Roarr’, the college also holds various film screenings and seminars inviting eminent personalities from the industry.

Infrastructure: The campus is spread over an area of about 15 acres. The students get hands-on experience of all media because the college is well-equipped with fully functional facilities like a printing press, photography labs, editing labs, two radio studios and a production control room.

The college has two auditoriums — a mini auditorium and a state-of-the-art Manch (auditorium) with a seating capacity of over 400.

The institute has the largest specialised library for mass communication in the country. It is stocked with over 26,000 volumes on mass communication and its allied subjects. The library also stocks a wide array of books on other subjects, subscribes to over 100 periodicals and 40 daily newspapers.

The college also has a community radio service of its own called Apna Radio 96.9 FM.

Found on campus: The well-planned buildings in the sprawling green campus are major attractions for students. “We love the campus, it is beautiful, green and serene. It is cut off from the hustle and bustle of the city and so the environment is ideal. Sipping a hot cup of chai on frosty winter mornings is bliss,” says Sukalp Sharma, a broadcast journalism student.

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“There are a few things I’d like to wish for. First, a boys’ hostel — the girls have two. A revised canteen menu with a lot more variety would be a welcome change,” says Achint Rao, a student. “On the academic front, I think more focus is needed on the intellectual training and conditioning of students,” says Aditi Uberoi, an ex- student

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Over the 44 years of its existence, IIMC has trained a number of media professi- onals both from within the country and abroad, and its alumni list boasts of names like Nidhi Razdan, Deepak Chaurasia and Natasha Jog, among others