Reflecting on Three Years of Visionary Leadership and Academic Excellence*–Khushboo Agrahari
Within the revered walls of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), an extraordinary voyage has taken place, guided by the remarkable leadership of Professor Sanjay Dwivedi. As the Director General, he is nearing the completion of his transformative three-year tenure on July 12. Throughout this significant period, Professor Dwivedi has made an enduring impact on the institution, establishing unprecedented standards and championing a comprehensive approach to education, innovation, and the empowerment of students.
Since assuming office in 2020, Professor Sanjay Dwivedi has prioritized the overall development of IIMC, fostering an environment that encourages academic excellence, research, and creative expression. With a progressive vision and unwavering dedication, he has propelled the institute towards greater heights, ensuring it remains at the forefront of media education and industry relevance.
Having earned a distinguished reputation as an esteemed Indian Journalist, Editor, Writer, Columnist, and Media Guru, Professor Dwivedi brought a wealth of expertise and experience to his role as the Director General of IIMC. Over the course of his tenure, he has spearheaded numerous groundbreaking initiatives, leaving an indelible impact on the institution and its stakeholders.
Under his dynamic leadership, Professor Dwivedi prioritized the holistic development of IIMC, focusing on innovation and positive change. One of his key achievements was the establishment of a research-driven culture within the institute. By creating research centers and fostering collaboration between faculty members and students, he paved the way for cutting-edge research in media and communication. This emphasis on academic rigor has led to the recognition of IIMC’s research output both nationally and internationally.
Recognizing the evolving landscape of the media industry, Professor Dwivedi introduced new courses and specialized streams at IIMC, equipping students with the skills required in emerging fields such as digital media, data journalism, and strategic communication. By embracing innovation and industry relevance, he ensured that IIMC graduates were prepared to meet the demands of a rapidly changing media landscape, positioning them as valuable assets in the industry.
Professor Dwivedi’s commitment to the overall well-being of students was evident in his efforts to provide a nurturing and inclusive environment. He championed extracurricular activities and co-curricular events, providing platforms for students to showcase their talents and interests beyond the classroom. Additionally, his focus on practical exposure led to the establishment of valuable partnerships with leading media organizations, offering students unique opportunities for internships, guest lectures, and live projects.
During his tenure, Professor Dwivedi undertook various infrastructure and technological advancements to enhance the learning experience at IIMC. He transformed classrooms into smart and hybrid spaces, ensuring that students had access to state-of-the-art technology. The renovation of computer labs and the provision of high-end computers further facilitated hands-on learning and research endeavors.
Under his leadership, IIMC achieved numerous accolades and recognition. The institute’s ranking as the No. 1 Mass Communication Institute in prominent surveys and rankings solidified its position as a pioneer in media education. These achievements, coupled with the successful completion of Construction of two regional campuses in Aizawl (Mizoram) and Jammu (J&K UT), showcase Professor Dwivedi’s dedication to expanding IIMC’s reach and impact.
Beyond his transformative initiatives, Professor Dwivedi prioritized effective administration and adherence to government regulations. Streamlining administrative functions and revamping the facilities in the IIMC Officers hostel demonstrated his commitment to operational excellence and a conducive learning environment. His visionary leadership, compassionate nature, and extensive knowledge have inspired countless students, faculty members, and staff.
As Professor Sanjay Dwivedi’s tenure comes to a close, the IIMC community fondly reflects on the transformative years experienced under his guidance. His legacy will endure, ensuring that the spirit of excellence, innovation, and student empowerment he instilled continues to shape the future of media education in India. The impact of his visionary leadership will be felt for generations to come, solidifying his place as one of the most influential leaders in the history of IIMC.
As a senior alumnus of IIMC, I am filled with happiness and deep gratitude as I express my heartfelt appreciation to our esteemed Director General, Professor Sanjay Dwivedi, for his invaluable contributions and remarkable impact on our esteemed institution. Under his leadership, IIMC has soared to great heights, solidifying its position as one of India’s premier media colleges.
I wholeheartedly congratulate Professor Dwivedi on his well-deserved success and extend my best wishes for all his future endeavors. His dedication and commitment have been instrumental in elevating the reputation of IIMC on a global scale, and it is a privilege for all the students who have had the opportunity to be part of his transformative journey.
As we bid farewell to Professor Dwivedi, we are confident that his legacy will continue to guide and inspire us all. The impact of his leadership will be felt for generations, ensuring that the flag of IIMC continues to fly high.
(Khushboo Agrahari, an alumna of IIMC, is currently serving as a senior journalist for The London Daily Newspaper, contributing to its US, UK, and India editions.)