Indian Institute of Mass Communication [IIMC], established in 1965 and located in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus, is usually considered to be one of the best institution to study journalism in India. Several current well known journalists are pass-outs from IIMC.
In this post we are providing a few experts from the interviews of journalists given exclusively to acadman.in about their experiences and life at IIMC which might help students who are willing to take admission at IIMC.
Abhishek Srivastava, Senior Investigative Journalist
Abhishek is a senior journalist and working independently in New Delhi, India. When we asked him about his experiences at IIMC, he said “there was no experience, IIMC was like a picnic spot. It is not an institution to be studied at. I believe that people who have basic education should not come to study at IIMC. If they are willing to come, they should just come for a seal.” Abhishek did not stop there, he continued, and even declared IIMC to be an useless institution. “It was useless in 2002 and it is useless now”, he said.
“The problem is that the the professors at IIMC or any other media institution in India are not aware of the newsroom realities. They don’t know how a reporter survives in a newsroom if he/she wants to pursue journalism,” Abhishek said.
Nitin Thakur, Editorial Producer, Aaj-Tak
Nitin is working as an editorial producer at Aaj Tak, a leading Hindi news channel in India. He could not get an admission at IIMC, although he cleared the written entrance exam.
“That was an era of recommendations at IIMC, which is continued till date. Later I also got it verified from several other sources. The quality of education there has also diminished,” Nitin said.
Himanshi Matta, Media Coordinator, Oxfam India
Himanshi believes IIMC to be a turning point in her life and it completely groomed her for the future, i.e., a very professional and competitive world of journalism.
Saroj Kumar, Senior Sub-Editor, India Today
Saroj topped the IIMC entrance examination in 2011 and currently working at India Today Hindi. He believes that the institution gave him a perspective and wisdom.
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“I understood national politics, society and its relationships and developed a foresight only at IIMC. It was not only better in terms of the course, training in mass communication and social interaction but the vision it gave me also deserves a special mention,” Saroj said.
We asked Saroj further that did he find that the IIMC had prepared him enough for the tasks he were required to execute during his job, he said, “Yes, definitely. It prepared me sufficiently in terms of technicalities and practicality of mass communication and this knowledge helped me a lot during my job,” he responded.
“However, the problem is that whatever you have learnt in theory or in media ethics, in the main stream media, in practice, everything is done opposite to it. So, initially it gets a bit difficult to built a consensus between the things you have learnt in theory and the things you do in main stream media. Actually, the contemporary media has no moral compass left. However, in terms of technical training, IIMC has fulfilled its role,” Saroj Said.
Note: In the Mass Com section of acadman.in you can read more than sixty interviews of journalists who are currently working as a journalist. The list includes several well knwon names like Pranjoy Guha Thakurta, Bobby Ghosh, Rajdeep Sardesai, K.G. Suresh, The Quint Founder – Ritu Kapur, NDTV Anchor Sunetra Choudhary, Suhasini Haidar, Rajesh Joshi (BBC), Madhu Trehan (Newslaundary), etc.