Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), the country’s premiere journalism institute under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has courted another controversy over a seminar it decided to conduct on the ‘current status on journalism in the country’ next week. What makes the event contentious is that the media institute will be organising a two-and-a-half hour yagna session and the inaugural session will likely be moderated by Hitesh Shankar, Publisher of RSS mouthpiece Panchajanya.
The yagna session will start from 7.30 am on 20 May ahead of the one-day seminar, The Indian Express reported.
The decision has stirred up a debate with alumni and some of the faculty saying this is the latest incident in the transition of the IIMC institute into an RSS institute. They also alleged that ever since KG Suresh, who was associated with Vivekananda Foundation and a pro-Hindutva face took over the institute as the Director General, the institute has been moving towards what critics called as ‘saffronisation.’
Notably, the institute had earlier allegedly denied permission to invite media luminaries like P. Sainath.
The media institute which is headquartered in Delhi had made headlines in the past for all wrong reasons. Several faculty members have resigned from the institute citing lack of room for debate. Some others were sacked for allegedly questioning the administration.
Several Dalit students also had to face disciplinary actions after they tried to organise a commemoration event of Rohit Vemula. Some other students were suspended over ‘sweeping statements’ about the institute last year.