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4 more IIMCs to be set up

The Hindu Business Line:  August, 2010

New Delhi: The Government has proposed to set up four new Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMCs) from the next academic year. These new institutes will come up in Kerala, Jammu & Kashmir, Vidarbha in Maharashtra and Aizwal in Mizoram, said the Information and Broadcasting Minister, Ms Ambika Soni. Funds for these centres will be provided under the 12th Plan, Ms Soni said at the annual convocation of IIMC.

The Government has acquired 15 acres of land for each of these campuses and the initial funding would be done by the State Governments, the Minister said. Efforts were being made to reposition the Film and Television Institute of India at Pune as a world class institute by upgrading and modernising its infrastructure and facilities. An outlay of Rs 52 crore has been proposed for this scheme in the 11th Plan, she said.

Similarly, in order to look into the growing demand for trained professionals in animation, gaming and visual effects, the Government plans to set up a National Centre for Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects to provide training and upgrading skills.