Konica Minolta aims to reach out to the higher education landscape through University VC Meets

Konica Minolta showcases products during Zonal VC Meets

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New Delhi, February 13, 2019: Konica Minolta Business Solutions, a global leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies, participated in Zonal Vice Chancellor Meet organized by the Association of Indian Universities across various regions. The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) is an apex body of higher education in India which organizes the zonal and national vice-chancellors’ meet every year. During these meetings, matters relating to higher education, with a specific reference to the university system in the concerned region, are taken up for discussions.

The Association of Indian Universities organizes these meets across five zones, namely north, south, west, and east. The central or national meet is slated to be held from 16 to 18 February, 2019 in Bhubaneswar. During the VC Meet held at Mumbai, Chandigarh, Pondicherry, Bhopal, and Shillong University, Konica Minolta showcased its Mono and Color machines. The guests also got the chance to visit the Konica Minolta display zone and witnessed live demonstrations of its machines at the events. and discuss on Konica Minolta’s machines, its features, and the solutions it provides. Konica Minolta India supported these zonal meets as an official printing solution provider, facilitating the printing of the agendas, notices, and workshop and research papers during the conferences.

The VC Meets are one of the major events organized by the country’s University fraternity, and the five zonal meets held recently were attended by more than 200 VCs from various universities. The events also saw the presence of distinguished guests like Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai, additional secretary – higher education Dr. S. S. Sandhu in Chandigarh, Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi in Pondicherry, the state minister for education in Shillong, and Jitu Patwari, minister of sports and youth welfare and higher education – Madhya Pradesh, who attended the zonal meet in Bhopal as the chief guest.

Kuldeep Malhotra, vice president, sales, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd., commented, “The higher education segment presents a huge opportunity for Konica Minolta India to provide its solutions to various stakeholders like institutions of higher learning. The objective behind the University VC Meets is to reach out to educators and institutions across the country and showcase our products to potential stakeholders. In the process, we also envision helping and supporting them with a smooth execution of events where they can come together to exchange knowledge and collaborate on furthering the higher education landscape in India.”

Through the University VC Meets, AIU aims to serve as a liaison between the universities and the government (central as well as state governments), and to co-operate with other universities or bodies (national or international) in matters of common interest. Furthermore, the company envisions a greater role in organizing and facilitating conferences, seminars, workshops, lectures, and research on various themes pertaining to higher education.

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