The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) is an Indian media centre of learning funded and promoted by the Government of India in New Delhi. IIMC is an autonomous society under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. IIMC with its headquarters at Delhi also has five Regional Centres in Aizawl (Mizoram), Amravati (Maharashtra), Dhenkanal (Odisha), Jammu (J&K) and Kottyam (Kerala). It is one of the Indias premier institutes for training, teaching and research in mass communication. It was set up by the Government of India in 1965 on the recommendation of a team of internationally known mass communication specialists from UNESCO and the Ford Foundation. The then Minister in charge of Information and Broadcasting, Indira Gandhi formally inaugurated the Institute on 17 August 1965. The institute stands ahead of others in its infrastructure and permanent faculty status. The per faculty student ratio is pegged at about 1:8, better than any Indian media school. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India established the second campus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in 1993 at Dhenkanal, Odisha for meeting the requirements of teaching, training and research in journalism and mass communication of the eastern region of the country. The new campus spread over 7.5 acres and situated in the valley of Panionhala (meaning Hanging Water in Odia) Hill, commands a majestic view. Located about 80 km from Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, Dhenkanal nestles in the rural and tribal hinterland of Central Odisha. It is connected by both rail and road (NH 42). IIMC teaches a variety of disciplines including print journalism, photo journalism, radio journalism, television journalism, development communication, communication research, advertising and public relations. It offers Postgraduate Diploma in: Journalism (English, Hindi, Urdu, Odia, Marathi, Malayalam), Radio and TV Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations. It also offers Diploma Course in Development Journalism for non-aligned and developing countries. The institute was basically set up to provide training to the officers of the Indian Information Service. Considering the status of IIMC as an institution of exceptional excellence in the field of media and matching those of Indian Institutes of Technology, and Indian Institutes of Management, Indian government has decided to develop it as an international media university.