Viren Chhabra Print Leadership Award nomination open till 31 July 2019

Call for nominations

Viren Chhabra

Viren Chhabra is the most loved mentor figure of India’s print industry. During his active years he has been universally acclaimed within the printing fraternity as the ‘Ambassador of Indian Printers to the world’. The Viren Chhabra Print Leadership Award recipient will join in and add himself into the world of notable printing stalwarts. Citation, shawl, memento and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh along with the bio-data and photo of Chhabra will be presented to the recipient(s) to commemorate their accomplishments.

This year’s presentation of the Viren Chhabra Print Leadership Award will take place along with the most prestigious awards of the printing industry – ‘NAEP’ – at the time of Pamex 2020 in Mumbai, on 7 January 2020.

Eligibility and selection criteria

The award will be given to a veteran who has devoted himself completely in the field of printing for the development and growth of the industry and welfare of the fellow brethren. To qualify, the person should have achieved something exceptional during his work span in the printing industry. The recipient of the award will be required to make a keynote address at the award function for 10-15 minutes on the state of the printing industry and major issues that it must tackle.

The nomination process

Using eligibility and selection criteria as guidelines, one must provide a detailed description of the candidate’s major contributors or significant accomplishment. Description should contain documented evidences of the major contributions highlighted. The nomination form must be duly filled and must include letters of support.

The jury panel will constitute four distinguished eminent members of the print industry to select the Viren Chhabra Print Leadership Award winner. The four will comprise the ongoing president of AIFMP; one representative chosen by the permanent members of the forum from amongst themselves, plus two distinguished undisputed leaders of the print industry. Rami Chhabra will be a permanent special invitee to the event.
Nominations must be post marked or eMailed by 31 July 2019. For more information, write an eMail to

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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