Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal was set up with a view to imparting quality education and training in Mass Media is named after the renowned journalist, poet and freedom fighter Makhanlal Chaturvedi. The University was setup by act no 15 of 1990 of the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh. The University Grant Commission (U.G.C.) has issued an office memorandum in that respect.

The University has become an institution of repute with a number of courses in various disciplines ranging from Journalism, Mass Communication, Public Relations, Advertising, Library and Information Sciences, Photography to highly sophisticated Electronic Media, Radio, Television, Cyber Journalism, Videography, Printing Technology and Information Technology.

The University is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). It is not an Open University providing Distance education. It does not provide education through correspondence. It is not a Conventional University having limited territorial jurisdiction. It has jurisdiction through out the country. Consistent with the recent trend of globalisation and internationalisation of education, the University is imparting education outside the country also.

The Chairman, Press Council of India, Ministers of Education, Public Relation, Finance Govt. of M.P., Leader of the opposition of M.P. Assembly, Member of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Eminent Editors, Media persons, Educationists, representatives of language, press are the members of the general council.