New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) has been asked to reconsider its admission norms, which it notified last month for the 2020-21 session, in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling Friday.
The institute decided to skip the entrance tests and personal interviews this year due to the Covid-pandemic.
In a notice issued on 28 July, the premier mass communication institute, which functions under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B), stated that it has decided to admit students for the 2020-21 session on the basis of marks obtained from Class 10 to graduation. Shortlisted candidates were asked to appear for online interviews.
But now, after the SC ruling, which said states cannot promote final-year students without holding examinations as ordered by the UGC, the institute has been asked by the I&B Ministry to revisit the admission norms, I&B Secretary Amit Khare told ThePrint.
“After this decision by the Supreme Court, they (IIMC) have been asked to revisit their admission rules,” he said.
“No admission has been made in the IIMC yet. Applications are still being received. We will decide on how to conduct the exams once this stage (of receiving applications) is complete,” he added.
IIMC is an autonomous institute under the I&B ministry. Graduates or those in the final year of graduation in any stream can pursue a nine-month diploma course in Hindi Journalism, English journalism, radio and TV journalism, or advertisement and public relations. It also provides diploma in Odia, Marathi, Malayalam and Urdu journalism.
Apart from its main campus in Delhi, IIMC has branches in Amravati (Maharashtra), Dhenkanal (Odisha), Kottayam (Kerala), Jammu and Aizwal (Mizoram).
The total number of seats combining all the courses in all centres is 473, but thousands of students apply each year, said an IIMC official.