Printing Press will survive : WPCF

IMPHAL, Nov 16: Printing Press has survived and will continue to survive in spite of growing internet and digital advancement, said president of the World Print and Communication Forum (WPCF), Professor Kamal Mohan Chopra.
Since the invention of the printing press, it has been continuing to survive besides the advancement of internet and digital media.
“Printing Press was there, Printing press is continuing, Printing Press will continue in future,” Prof Kamal Mohan Chopra said today while delivering speech as chief guest at the closing function of year-long Golden Jubilee Celebration of All Manipur Press Association (AMPA) held at the Auditorium of Hotel Classic Grande here in Imphal.
Prof Chopra added that when radio was introduced, there was a fear that printed newspapers would be replaced by electronic media, but nothing such happened. The more information technology advances, the more the printing technology too goes far beyond expectation.
In connection with the closing function of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of AMPA, a seminar on the future of printing industry in NE India was also held.
Prof Chopra said that the topic should rather be the shape of the printing press in future rather than the future of the press industries as there is nothing to worry about the existence of the printing press in the future.
He said that the world today has agreed that students who read printed books are much better than those reading e-book in computer technology.
Vice president of the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) Bidyut Ranjan Nag, who attended the function as guest of honour highlighted about the different challenges met by the printing houses in the North East region, particularly in the State of Manipur.
He said that lack of skill workers in the printing houses, extra transportation charges while procuring raw material such as papers and others as there are no industries here in the State and the limited market due to less population and less connectivity are the major problems.
He however thanked the Government of Manipur for its support to those running printing industries in the State.
Chairman of Board of Secondary Education Manipur Akham Joykumar and Chairman of Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur Ch Sarat also attended the function as guests of honour while president of AMPA Senjam Surjit Singh presided over it.
On the occasion, three pioneer Press industry proprietors were also honoured in recognition of their services and dedication for improvement of the printing press industries in the State.
Leimapokpam Bhubaneshwar Singh, proprietor of the Iboyaima Printers, Loklaobung was conferred with the Life time Achievement Award; Kh Krishnan, Managing Director of the, NEST Advertising and Marketing was conferred with the Press of the Year Award and Senjam Surjit Singh, president of the AMPA and also proprietor of the Sur Printing Press was honoured by conferring the Member of the Year Award.
During the seminar, representatives from Konica Minolta Business Solution India, Satyakriti, Auto Print Machinery Private Ltd and prominent entrepreneurs from Manipur including Thangjam Joykumar, CMD Thangjam Agro Industries (LIKLA) attended as resource persons.