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Monday, September 28, 2020

MoM - Governing Council Delays IIMCAA Elections by 6 Months, Hikes Membership Fee

Dear IIMCians,

An emergency meeting of the Governing Council of IIMC Alumni Association held virtually on 20th September, 2020. IIMCAA President Mr. Prasad Sanyal presided over the meeting that was attended by representatives of the central committee, chapters and sub chapters such as Maharashtra, Pune, Punjab Haryana Himachal Pradesh and J&K, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ghana, Singapore and Germany & Europe.

Minutes of the Meeting:-

1. IIMCAA Biennial Elections- The GC has granted a six months extension to the current Central Committee owing to COVID 19 and asked it to conduct biennial elections by April, 2021. GC has approved a necessary constitutional amendment, for delaying elections and extensions to the CC in extraordinary circumstances, to be placed before AGM for consideration and adoption. 

2. IIMCAA Membership- The GC has approved to raise the annual membership fee from 500 INR to 1000 INR. This hike will be implemented only if IIMCAA is able to arrange accidental insurance coverage to members. Necessary constitutional amendments to be presented to the AGM for consideration and adoption.

3. Group Health Insurance- The GC has approved the CC proposal to conduct an internal survey among alumni with the help of CC, Chapters, Sub Chapters over the idea to have a group medical health insurance scheme in place for willing members. Group insurance requires a good number of members willing to subscribe to the insurance which forms the ground for the group to bargain premiums with the insurance company.

4. AGM: All Hands Meet 2020- The GC has approved a proposal to host the Annual General Meeting- All Hands Meet 2020 on 11th October, 2020. Agenda for AGM shall be issued to members separately.

Thanks & Regards,
Harshendra Singh Verdhan
General Secretary

Friday, September 18, 2020

Agenda: IIMCAA Governing Council Emergency Meeting on 20 September, 2020

Dear Governing Council Members,

IIMC Alumni Association is hosting an emergency Governing Council Meeting this Sunday on 20 September, 2020 at 5 PM virtually, as communicated earlier.

Meeting will be hosted on video meeting platform Lauk and a link with a password is being sent to you separately. 

Kindly ask us if you didn't get it by tomorrow morning.

1. IIMCAA Biennial Elections
2. AGM: All Hands Meet 2020
3. IIMCAA Membership
4. Group Health Insurance and Accidental Insurance
5. Connections 2021
6. Anything raised by attending members 

Thanks & Regards,
Harshendra Singh Verdhan
General Secretary

Thursday, September 17, 2020

MoM: Central Committee Meeting on 13 September, 2020

Dear IIMCians,

The Central Committee met at IIMC HQ, New Delhi on 13th September. Senior alumni and IIMCAA Medical Assistance Fund Chairman Mr. Kalyan Ranjan presided over the meeting that was attended by Treasurer Mr. Animesh Biswas, Organisation Secretary Mr. Ritesh Verma, CC Member Mr. Dadan Vishwakarma, Mr. Atul Gupta and Ex Treasurer Ms. Deeksha Saksena.

Minutes of the meeting:-

1. IIMCAA Biennial Elections- CC resolved to recommend to the Governing Council to defer the biennial elections for six months until April, 2020 and propose necessary constitutional amendments.

2. AGM: All Hands Meet 2020- CC decided to host the Annual General Body Meeting- All Hands Meet 2020 on 11 October, 2020.

3. IIMCAA Membership- CC resolved to recommend to the Governing Council to raise the annual membership fee from 500 INR to 1000 INR excluding applicable GST and propose necessary constitutional amendments.
4. Group Health Insurance and Accidental Insurance- CC resolved to present the plan to GC for deliberations and decision.

5. Connections 2021- CC resolved to prepare an itemised priority plan against sponsorship.

Thanks & Regards,
Harshendra Singh Verdhan
General Secretary

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Central Committee Meeting on 13 September @ 5 PM @ IIMC HQ, New Delhi

Dear IIMCians,

The Central Committee will meet on 13th September, 2020 (Sunday) at IIMC HQ, New Delhi at 5 PM.

We have to observe all COVID 19 precautionary measures to keep ourselves safe.

Anyone having any symptom or in contact of a positive case recently or a flagged Arogya Setu status should not attend the meeting.

1. IIMCAA Biennial Elections 
2. AGM- All Hands Meet 2020
3. IIMCAA Membership
4. Group Health Insurance and Accidental Insurance 
5. Any unlisted issue raised by attending members 

Thanks & Regards,
Harshendra Singh Verdhan
General Secretary

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Dillip Satapathy Memorial IIMCAA Scholarship By Dillip Satapathy Memorial Trust

Dear IIMCians,

IIMC Alumni Association is adding one more IIMCAA Scholarship from the 2020-21 academic session in the memory of Late Dillip Satapathy. Senior journalist Dillip Satapathy fought a long battle against cancer before he passed away on 8th September, 2019.

Dillip Satapathy Memorial Trust has instituted the Dillip Satapathy Memorial IIMCAA Scholarship, which will be awarded to a deserving student of English Journalism at IIMC Dhenkanal for the next five years.

The scholarship will honour Dillip Satapathy's exemplary professional commitment, outstanding journalistic career and selfless devotion to mentoring young journalism students.

IIMCAA Scholarship is an initiative started with the support of alumni and well-wishers of IIMCAA from the academic session 2018-19.

11 students in 2019 and 27 in 2020 received IIMCAA Scholarships. The addition of one new scholarship will make a Total of 28 IIMCAA Scholarships of 25000 INR each available for students in 2021.

Full List, Rules, Criteria and Process to Start & Adopt IIMCAA Scholarships  

Thanks & Regards,
Harshendra Singh Verdhan
General Secretary

Saturday, August 15, 2020

IIMCian Anuranjan Jha launches Video Conferencing Platform ‘Lauk’

IIMCian Mr. Anuranjan Jha (HJ, 1998-99 Batch) has launched 'Lauk', a video conferencing and web streaming platform and solution purely made in India for Indians. It offers a general video conferencing platform as well as 'Lauk Classroom' for educators and 'Lauk Studio' for live streaming, webinars, and other services.

Lauk platform has 3 different solutions that Jha's company, Park Media Private Limited, is offering. In the backdrop of the privacy concerns of some video conferencing apps, Jha claimed Lauk comes with an 'end-to-end encryption' essential feature.

Lauk offers optional password protection on each call, multi-device login support. The users, especially the ones working from Home, for enhanced collaboration with colleagues can share the screen with the other side.

Jha is a TV Journalist and Media Entrepreneur. In his career spanning over 22 years, he has worked with leading media organisations such as Zee News, AajTak, India TV.  At an early age of 30, Anuranjan Jha became an Editor and News Director of a National News channel "India News"and only two years later he became the COO and Editor-in-Chief of CNEB. Jha founded Park Media Pvt Ltd. in the year 2009, and became the Managing Director of a well-known Media company Vertent Media Soft Pvt. Ltd in 2012.  

He started India's first wedding entertainment channel Shagun in 2012. He now owns National News Channel R9, which is available on all major DTH and cable distribution platforms. He sits on the boards of four different media companies.

He is also the author of "Ramlila Maidan-A series of false Gods", a book on the background and reality of the Anna Movement. Jha is a native of Motihari, a small town in Bihar and runs BHOR Trust, for the sustainable development of his hometown. He is a lifetime member of IIMC Alumni Association.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Team IIMCAA Calls On Prof. Sanjay Dwivedi, DG- IIMC | 17 July, 20

Dear IIMCians,

A small delegation of IIMC Alumni Association led by IIMCAA President Mr. Prasad Sanyal called on Prof. Sanjay Dwivedi- DG, IIMC & Patron, IIMCAA on July 17th, 2020.

Prof. Dwivedi and Mr. Sanyal discussed ways to expand co-operation between the institute and the alumni association.

IIMCAA Awards Coordinator Ms. Simrat Gulati, Organisation Secretary Mr. Ritesh Verma and Former Treasurer Ms. Deeksha Saksena accompanied IIMCAA President.

Harshendra Singh Verdhan
General Secretary
IIMC Alumni Association

Mumbai MoM - Maharashtra Chapter Meeting of 19 June, 2020

Dear IIMCians,

IIMC Alumni Association Maharashtra Chapter hosted an online meeting on June 19th, 2020. Chapter President Ms Gayatri Srivastava presided over the meeting. Around 20 members attended the very first virtual meeting of the chapter.

Members discussed how they were dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown in Mumbai. Mr Suryakant Mishra suggested that sub groups should be formed for cultural and social activities.

Mr Mubin Khan spoke of the activities undertaken by his NGO in Navi Mumbai. Mr Atul Purohit and Ms Aparna Pandey welcomed this digital initiative of the Maharashtra chapter.

Mr Dheeraj Kumar recommended a Book Club for members. Special vote of thanks went out to Mr Ketan Tanna for his daily shares of latest newspapers and books. Members were unanimous in their appreciation of Mr Tanna's efforts in keeping the group alive and going especially in the lockdown.

Neeraj Bajpai
General Secretary
IIMCAA, Maharashtra Chapter

Ranchi MoM - Jharkhand Chapter Meeting of 6 June, 2020

Dear IIMCians,

Jharkhand Chapter of IIMC Alumni Association hosted an online meeting on June 6, 2020. Chapter President Manoj Kumar presided over the meeting that was attended by 12 members including Vice President Dev Vrat Singh, General Secretary Pranav P Das, Organisation Secretary Pooja Oraon, Anupam Rana, Neeraj Kumar Arya and Nivedita Gupta. Senior member SK Dubey and IIMCAA Organisation Secretary Ritesh Verma also participated in the meeting.

Minutes of the meeting:-

1. New members of the state chapter were welcomed by everyone

2. General Secretary Pranav P Das dwelt upon the social work carried out by president Manoj Kumar on behalf of the Chapter during COVID 19 Lockdown. It was brought to the knowledge of members that food and other essential supplies were distributed among the needy at slum areas and Khatals, footpaths, flyovers  during the lockdown since March 29.

3. The members also pledged to continue social work through various means, especially spreading awareness on COVID-19.

4. Senior member SK Dubey suggested adopting long time measures to help people during the Covid crisis.

5. Several members came up with some noble ideas to help people during COVID crisis.

6. It was also decided to augment yearly contributions to be used for chapter activities. Mr. Dubey suggested that an excel sheet could be prepared for account details so that the group members remain updated and pay accordingly.

Pranav Pratyush Das
General Secretary
IIMCAA, Jharkhand Chapter

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Participate Now | ICSSR Survey Questionnaire: Working Journalists Wages and Related Issues

Dear all,


Hope you are doing good, both personally and professionally amidst the unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19.

To share with you, currently I am doing a seminal research on the News Media Sector on "Wages and related issues" concerning the working journalists for the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). The proposed merger of The Working Journalists and other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous Provisions act, 1955 with Labour law (Occupational, Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, also known as the OSH Code within the Labour law) has received critical response from various journalists' associations. I would like to know your views on this and other related issues also in your individual capacity.

May I request the working journalists among you, who are employed in print, electronic and digital media, to please fill in the questionnaire given below and send it as indicated. I shall appreciate, if you encourage your other colleagues to also fill in the questionnaire. The more the response, the better would be the understanding on this vexed issue and a possible intervention at the policy level. 

Click here for Questionnaire for Working Journalist and submit the same after the completion.  

Look forward to receiving your response in a week's time.

Stay safe. Take care. 


Prof. Jaishri Jethwaney, Ph.D.
Senior ICSSR Research Fellow
ISID, New Delhi
Phone (O)- 91-11-2676 4609

Friday, June 19, 2020

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chapter Meeting on 19 June at 8 PM

Maharashtra Chapter of IIMC Alumni Association is hosting an online meeting on 19 June, 2020 at 8 PM. 

Please confirm your participation to General Secretary Mr. Neeraj Bajpai or undersigned to get a link to the virtual meeting. 

Thanks & Regards,
Gayatri Srivastava
President, Maharashtra
IIMC Alumni Association

Friday, June 5, 2020

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chapter Meeting on 6 June at 7.30 PM

Dear IIMCians,

Jharkhand Chapter of IIMC Alumni Association will host a online meeting of chapter on 6th June at 7.30 PM. Agenda for Online Meeting are as follows:

1. Welcome to New Members
2. Chapter's Initiative during COVID-19
3. IIMCAA Jharkhand Chapter's alumni meet
4. Payment of Annual Subscription 2020
5.Any others issue with the permission of chair

Thanks & Regards,
Pranav Pratush Das
General Secretary, Jharkhand
IIMC Alumni Association

Friday, May 22, 2020

Ommcom News - IIMCAA Digital Media Awards

Dear IIMCians,

IIMC Alumni Association in association with Ommcom News is launching Ommcom News - IIMCAA Digital Media Awards for students of IIMC, Dhenkanal.

Ommcom News is a media house established and being led by 1996-97 Batch alumni Mr. Jajati Karan. Jajati has won several prestigious journalism awards including Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2011, IFFCO IIMCAA Awards for Digital Production (Content) in 2019 and Documentary Film Making in 2020.

Toppers of Digital Journalism Paper of English and Odia Journalism at IIMC, Dhenkanal will be awarded with Ommcom News - IIMCAA Digital Media Awards every year at Connections in Delhi/ Dhenkanal/ Bubaneswar or a city hosting annual alumni meet and convenient for winners to attend.

Ommcom News - IIMCAA Digital Media Awards Winners will receive 5000 INR cheque, trophy and certificate.

Sanjay Kumar Sahoo, President

Jyoti Prakash Mohapatra, General Secretary

IIMC Alumni Association, Odisha

Monday, May 4, 2020

Manoj Ojha is Coordinator- IIMCAA, Canada Chapter

Dear IIMCians,

IIMCAA President Mr. Prasad Sanyal has appointed Mr. Manoj Ojha (EJ, 2003-04 Batch) as Coordinator for the Canada Chapter. He will arrange the inception meeting of the chapter which would elect/ select office bearers of the chapter.
All IIMCians working/ living in Canada are requested to get in touch with Mr. Ojha. We will inform you the date, venue and time for the first meeting of the chapter once Mr. Ojha communicates it to us.

Mr. Ojha may be reached at / +1-647-870-5769

Thanks & Regards,
Harshendra Singh Verdhan
General Secretary

Friday, April 17, 2020

Bengal: Subhro President, Safi General Secretary, Amreen Treasurer, Piyali & Gourav Organisation Secretary

Dear IIMCians,

West Bengal Chapter has reconstituted its committee at its annual meet Kolkata Connections 2020 on 8th March, 2020. New Office bearers of the West Bengal Chapter are as follows.

President- Subhro Niyogi
Vice President- Rajesh Kumar
General Secretary- Mohammed Safi Shamsi
Organisation Secretary- Gourav Chaudhary
Organisation Secretary- Piyali Chatterjee
Treasurer- Amreen Izhar
Executive Member- Utsav Basu
Executive Member- Sumana Sarkar
Executive Member- Sayani Biswas
Executive Member- Samarpita Das
Executive Member- Ananya Majumdar
Patron- Subir Bhaumik
Patron- Subir Ghosh
Patron- Asis Prasad Chakraborty
Patron- Snehashish Sur

Thanks & Regards,

Mohammed Safi Shamsi
General Secretary, West Bengal
IIMC Alumni Association

IIMCAA Chapter Committee List