New Delhi/October 20 (NG News)
Indian government on Monday announced to upgrade Indian Institute of Mass Communication into a ‘Communication University for which Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry would soon prepare a roadmap.
I&B minister Prakash Javadekar said that step would be taken to initiate process for upgradation of IIMC into university while inviting suggestions from the public especially the young generation.
Javadekar said that there would a specific corner on I&B Ministry’s website for suggestions in this regard and and the process would be a part of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Communication Vision which laid emphasis on ‘Participative Communication’- a communication process which linked the key stakeholders including the media fraternity.
Javadekar stressed on freedom of press but said that it comes with an element of responsibility and throughout history, the responsibility of the press had been flagged on different occasions.
He exhorted the students who were conferred diplomas to avoid sensationalism at all costs and fight the menace of paid news. A young journalist ought to work with passion, compassion in a mission mode without commission.
He called upon the students to balance information taking into account the sourcing of information from different media sources which included new and traditional media streams. These aspects would lay down the architectural framework for ethical journalism in the future.
Javadekar asserted that the recent elections across the country provided perfect case studies to study the behavior patterns of the elections and the electorate. He called upon the IIMC to undertake studies to understand the different aspects of elections related to the communication process and the electoral system.