Four new branches of IIMC to come up next year, one in Mizoram

New Delhi, Aug 8 : Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), one of the renowned media institutes in the country, is all set to spread its wings across India with four new branches commencing next year.

Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni today announced this at the 43rd convocation of the institute.

''The four new chapters of IIMC will be established in Jammu and Kashmir, Kerela, Maharashtra and Mizoram for the session 2011-12,'' Ms Soni said.

Referring to the growth of the media industry in India, the Minister said, ''It is expected that in the year 2014 the compounded growth rate in this industry will be approximately around 13 per cent.'' She expressed hope that the growth will be in all the sectors of the industry -- broadcasting, print media, radio and animation.

With a special mention to the animation industry, Ms Soni reckoned that in the years to come, India would be the hub in animation.

''We hope that with an investment of Rs 52 crore through public-private partnership (PPP), India will be an animation hub including gaming and visual effects,'' she said.