New Delhi, January 10, 2024.

The 55th convocation ceremony of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) was held at Bharat Mandapam, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi today, January 10, 2024, with former President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, gracing the occasion as Chief Guest. More than 700 students of IIMC Delhi, IIMC Dhenkanal, IIMC Aizawl, IIMC Amravati, IIMC Kottayam and IIMC Jammu, belonging to batches of 2021–22 and 2022–23, received postgraduate diplomas at the convocation ceremony. Students received postgraduate diplomas in Hindi Journalism, English Journalism, Odia Journalism, Marathi Journalism, Malayalam Journalism, Urdu Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, Radio and Television Journalism, and in Digital Media.

Besides, 65 students belonging to the two batches were also honoured with various awards.

Delivering the 55th Convocation Address of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), former President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, told the graduating students that upcoming journalists graduating from institutions such as IIMC have to ensure that we put up a fight against the spread of Fake News and Misinformation. He said that today, anyone can use digital means to intentionally spread misinformation and that ‘Deepfakes’, Fake News and Misinformation pose a significant challenge for the entire world. He urged the students entering the field of journalism and media to ensure that citizens receive accurate information amidst these challenges and to be adequately prepared to tackle the misuse of rapidly advancing technologies.

The former President urged the graduating students to stay away from the trend of sensationalizing news to garner greater TRPs. He cautioned against employing such shortcuts and urged everyone to preserve the values of journalism. He asserted that the power to build a developed India by 2047 lies in the hands of the youth, and that they should use this power wisely.

Shri Kovind highlighted IIMC’s recognition as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in the field of education and training in mass communication. He noted the significant contribution of IIMC alumni to Indian journalism and commended the institute’s commitment to preparing students for careers in journalism.

Chairperson, IIMC Shri R. Jagannathan; Director General, IIMC, Dr. Anupama Bhatnagar and Additional Director General, IIMC, Dr. Nimish Rustagi were also present on the occasion, along with faculty and staff of the institute.

Director General, IIMC, Dr. Anupama Bhatnagar, expressed IIMC’s commitment to providing every student with opportunities for the comprehensive development necessary for their overall growt