New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Mass Communication is set to begin a post graduate course in Urdu journalism which will be launched by Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu tomorrow.
A statement released here said the Executive Council of the IIMC, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, has recently approved the conversion of the five months diploma course into full fledged diploma course.
According to K G Suresh, DG, IIMC, Naidu would also re-launch the Communicator, prestigious journal of the institute.
Besides, Naidu would also formally inaugurate the 67th diploma course in development journalism for 23 working journalists from 19 countries.
Inaugurated on August 17, 1965, by the then Minister for Information and Broadcasting Indira Gandhi, the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) started with a small staff, including two consultants from UNESCO.
In the first few years, the Institute organised training courses mainly for Central Information Service Officers and undertook research studies on a modest scale. In1969, a major international training programme, the Post-graduate Diploma Course in Journalism for Developing Countries, for middle level working journalists from Afro-Asian countries, was started.
A number of specialised short courses of one week to three months’ duration were added subsequently by the Institute to meet the training needs of communication professionals working in various media/publicity outfits of the central/state governments and public sector organisations.
Over the years, IIMC has expanded and now offers regular Post-graduate Diploma Courses.