Directorate of Public Relations (DPR) is the publicity wing of Ministry of Defence (MoD) that disseminates information to the media and the public at large about important events, programmes, achievements and policy decisions of the Ministry, Armed Forces, Inter-Service Organisation, Indian Coast Guard Border Roads Organisation, Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs). The Directorate is mandated to ensure wide publicity of events related to defence in print, electronics & social media and provide support to media organisations in covering such events. The Directorate regularly facilitates media interaction with the leadership and senior officials of the Ministry and officers of the Armed Forces through interviews, press conferences and press tours.
The headquarters of DPR is situated at South Block in New Delhi. There are 25 regional and branch offices across the country under its command. The Directorate publishes a fortnightly journal ‘Sainik Samachar’ in 13 languages for the serving Armed Force personnel, ex-servicemen and general public. The Broadcasting Section of the Directorate produces radio programmes which are broadcast on All India Radio, for the Armed Forces personnel. The Photo Division of the DPR provides photo coverage to all the events related to MoD and the Armed Forces. The Social media Cell of DPR carries out comprehensive campaigns on various events/decisions on different platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Koo.
DPR arranges media facilitation and ensures publicity to major events such as Republic Day (RD) Celebrations, which includes the parade at Kartavya Path, Beating the Retreat ceremony etc. The Directorate also brings out a commentary book on the RD Parade. Other calendar events that are accorded wide publicity are Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort; Defence Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan; DefExpo; Aero India, President’s Fleet review; Vayu Shakti Commanders’ Conferences of Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force & Indian Coast Guard; raising Days of the Services and activities of Border Roads Organisation (BRO), National Cadet Corp (NCC) etc.
DPR also organizes a Defence Correspondents’ Course (DCC) every year. The aim of DCC, one of the most prestigious courses conducted by the MoD, is to make journalists drawn from a cross-section of media familiarise with the organisational and operational matters related to the Armed Force and the Ministry.