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Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Harivansh Narayan Singh, addresses the 54th convocation of IIMC.

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Addressing the 54th convocation of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh Narayan Singh said that everyone has the access to education in the Knowledge Era. Through education, you can not only bring a change in your life, but you can also give a new direction to society.

On this occasion, Apoorva Chandra, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Chairman, IIMC, Prof. Sanjay Dwivedi, Director General, IIMC and Prof. Govind Singh, Dean (Academic), IIMC were also present. About 400 students of the batch of the Year 2020-21 from eight different courses being conducted on six campuses of IIMC were awarded the PG Diploma certificates and 32 students had been awarded special recognition during the ceremony.

Harivansh Narayan Singh praised IIMC to be the ‘centre of excellence in the field of teaching and training of mass communication and students for making a significant contribution to Indian journalism. “IIMC prepares its students according to the needs of not only the country but the world. For this, all the professors, officers and employees of the institute deserve congratulations.” He said.

The Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha asked the students to work with passion as they were going to take a new step in life from the moment they get the diploma. “If you do not have love, dedication and passion for work, you will not be able to create anything new,” he said. He motivated students to come up with the startups and innovations in the media sector, “Today the youth are running 70 thousand startups in the country. They are becoming ‘Job Providers’ from ‘Job Seekers’. There is a need for a startup in the media as well.” He also put forth such ideas to the students, “In India, through 315 schemes of the central government and 500 schemes of state governments, we are saving about Rs 2 lakh crore. With media startups, youth can connect the public to various such schemes. You can work to make government schemes accessible to the people in simple and easy words.”

While speaking about the challenges of contemporary times, the Deputy Chairman pointed to the problem of media credibility. He asked students to be honest to the self. “Work for what pays you the most in the job market, but don’t pawn your soul.”

On this occasion, Prof. Sanjay Dwivedi, DG, IIMC informed us that IIMC conducts PG Diploma courses in Hindi Journalism, English Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, Radio and Television, Odia, Marathi, Malayalam and Urdu Journalism. This year IIMC is also going to start the PG Diploma course in Digital Media. He said that the institute is committed to providing every opportunity to its students necessary for their all-around development.

Dr Vishnupriya Pandey conducted the program. All the professors, officers, employees and students of the current batch, including the directors of the regional centres of the institute, also participated in the convocation.

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