The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) Delhi may soon be able to provide degree courses, as the University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended the government to provide the premier mass communication and journalism institute Deemed University status.
The higher education regulatory body has advised the government to issue a Letter of Intent (LoI) to the journalism school under the‘’De Novo’ category.
‘De Novo’ refers to an educational institution which focuses on teaching and research in “emerging areas of knowledge”.
According to the Indian Express report, the deemed-to-be university will be issued on five conditions, fulfilling which IIMC will be declared a deemed university.
The deemed university status will allow IIMC to award degrees. At present, the institute offers eight one-year postgraduate diploma programmes at six of its campuses across the country.
The I&B Ministry had given IIMC an approval to apply for deemed university status last year and proposal was sent to the HRD Ministry on June 8, 2017.