Dhenkanal, Aug 12: To mark the 56th foundation day of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), its Eastern Regional Campus in Dhenkanal has planned multiple events. Prof Aditya Mohanty, the head of the philosophy department, Central University of Tripura will deliver this year’s IIMC Foundation Day Lecture on 17 August 2020, Monday. Prof Mohanty will speak on ‘Media and Social Reforms’. Dr Sanjay Dwivedi, the newly appointed Director General of IIMC, will deliver the opening address at 11 am.
In the afternoon session, an online panel discussion on ‘Media Education in Digital Age’ will be held on the occasion of the 100th year of media education in India. The panellists include Monideepa Banerjie, senior journalist NDTV, Prof. BP Sanjay, former director of IIMC, Prof. Ujjwala Barve, SPP University, Pune and Prof. Ankuran Dutta of Guwahati University. IIMC Dhenkanal Regional Director Prof. Mrinal Chatterjee will open the discussion while Sambit Pal, Asst. Prof, IIMC Dhenkanal, will moderate the panel. It will be followed by a question-answer session, where the audience will be able to put forward their questions to the panellists.
During the foundation day celebrations, the institute will also release a monograph titled ‘IIMC Monograph 24 Agriculture Journalism’ to mark the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) declared by the United Nations. The monograph contains 27 articles, including research articles, essays and semi-academic essays written by the journalists, media academicians and research scholars. It is a bilingual monograph, and the pieces are in English and Odia.
“IIMC Dhenkanal has been observing the foundation day of IIMC every year since 1993, the year the Eastern Indian campus was established. Given the Covid-19 pandemic situation, there will be no gathering on the campus to celebrate the foundation day of IIMC this year. All the events will be held online,” said Dr Mrinal Chatterjee, Regional Director of IIMC Dhenkanal.
Interested persons will be able to join the event on 17 August on Google Meet platform. The morning session will begin at 11 am, and the afternoon session will start at 4:30 pm.