IAS Officers Undermine IIMC
The very fact that senior faculty members have left and are leaving Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) shows
how IAS officers from Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry have taken over IIMC, which is an autonomous body registered as a society with journalists
like N. Ram, Raghav Behl, Shekhar Gupta, Rajdeep Sardesai, Alok Mehta, Hari Jai Singh, Bharat Bhushan, Seema Chisty and activists like Aruna Roy (former IAS
Officer) as its members. It is needless to state the obvious that the IIMC Society is non-functional. It is high time they met and took stock of the
Initially it was believed that S K Arora, IAS and Praveen Kumar Tripathi, IAS
who are Chairman and Director of IIMC respectively are do not inclined to
continue in their ex-officio capacity besides being Secretaries in I&B Ministry.
Arora replaced Navin Chawla, the then Secretary I&B Ministry who is now an
Election Commissioner against whom a PIL has filed seeking his disqualification.
Like Chawla, Arora and Tripathy (Joint Seceretary, I&B) do not seem to have made
any genuine effort to have have non-IAS media practitioners to rejuvenate IIMC
from the stagnation it is going through.