Media Units

The Bureau of Outreach and Communication (BOC) was created by the Ministry on 08.12.2017 by merging the erstwhile media units of Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP), Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP) and Song & Drama Division (S&DD) to have synergy and integrated approach between these organisations; better utilisation of resources and workforce; and to deliver better communication to the masses in every states and every districts. BOC is headed by DG level officer at Headquarter and consists of 23 Regional Outreach Bureaus (ROBs) and 148 Field Outreach Bureaus (FOBs).

BOC takes care of communication needs of the Ministry/Departments and Government Organisations at Headquarter level and interpersonal communication at Regional and Field level through live media utilizing wide range of performing arts such as Drama, Dance-Drama, Composite programmes, Puppetry, Ballets, Operas, Folk and Traditional Recitals, Mythological Recitals and other Local Folk and Traditional forms, propagating policies and programmes of the Government.

Website : Bureau of Outreach and Communication

Set up in 1945, the Research, Reference and Training Division now renamed as “New Media Wing” functions as an information servicing agency for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. It offers high quality research and reference services to the Ministry and its media units for planning media policies, strategies and campaigns for effective communication. The wing also provides functional and operational support to Social Media Cell of the Ministry.

India- A Reference Annual

The Division compiles a reference book, 'India- A reference Annual' on development and progress made by Central ministries/departments, states/union territory administration and PSUs/autonomous bodies. It is simultaneously published in Hindi titled- 'Bharat'.

The Press Information Bureau (PIB)is the nodal agency of Government of India to disseminate information to the print, electronic and social media on Government policies, programmes, initiatives and achievements.

It disseminates information through different means, such as press releases, press notes, feature articles, backgrounders, press briefings, interviews, press conferences, press tours, etc. PIB also uses social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. to disseminate information, which is released in English, Hindi, Urdu along with 13 other regional languages which reaches newspapers and media organizations all over the country. It has a News Room/News Monitoring Cell which is operational round the year to meet the information dissemination needs. It also provides accreditation facility to media persons to facilitate access to information from government sources.

The Photo Division under PIB provides visual support through photo coverage of activities of the Government of India. It has a rich repository of more than 10 lakhs of negatives/transparencies preserved in digital format, beginning from the Pre-Independence era to the present day, which are of immense historical value. The website of photo division is

PIB functions as an interface between the Government and the media, advises government on communication strategies best suited to meet the needs of the media and keeps Government informed of public perception about government policies and programmes as reflected in media.

Website : Press Information Bureau

Publications Division is a repository of books and journals highlighting subjects of national importance and India’s rich cultural heritage. The mandate of the organisation is to preserve national heritage and disseminate the same through the production and sale of quality reading material at affordable prices. It is publishing books in Hindi, English and other regional languages and marketing them through its nation-wide sales network. The organisation is one of the major publishers of Gandhian Literature and has preserved all written words of the Mahatma in its prestigious 100-volume series- the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi.

Publications Division is also publishing magazines and journals on various aspects of Indian life. Yojana, with its 13 language editions, is the flagship magazine on development-related issues. Kurukshetra, in English and Hindi, is devoted to rural development. Ajkal, in Hindi and Urdu, is a prestigious literary magazine. Bal Bharati is a popular children’s magazine in Hindi. Employment News, in English, Hindi and Urdu, is a weekly dedicated to providing valuable and authentic information on jobs in central government, including the public sector.

Website : Publication Division

The Office of the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI), an attached office with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, was set upon 1st July, 1956, on the recommendation of the First Press Commission in 1953 and by amending the Press and Registration of Books Act 1867.

RNI, under its statutory functions, maintains a Register of newspapers and publications, published across the country; issues Certificate of Registration to newspapers and publications. RNI also submits an annual report on the print media scenario in the country, entitled ‘Press in India’, to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting by 31st December every year. Under its non-statutory functions, RNI authenticates self-declaration certificates for import of newsprint to actual users registered with RNI as well as provide Essentiality Certificates for import of printing machinery. RNI also conducts circulation verification of the registered publications, for the purpose of DAVP advertisements.

Website : Registrar of Newspapers for India