Handmade paper by students of Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College

Paper Day celebrations

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Paper Day celebrations at Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College
Paper Day celebrations at Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College

The Department of Printing Technology, Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College, Sivakasi celebrated Paper Day on 1 August 2019. M Nandakumar, principal and head of the Department – Printing Technology, presided over the function. Printing technology students and members of staff gathered to celebrate the event and students presented handmade paper. 

G Venkateswaran, lecturer (SS), Printing Technology, welcomed the gathering. Speaking on the occasion, Nandakumar said that the day was important and to be marked by every printer. He stated that the students are fortunate to join a diploma in printing technology. He also emphasized the opportunities that lay ahead for printing technology students in the industry as the competition is lesser than the other disciplines of engineering.

Nandakumar also insisted on the importance of conserving paper. He motivated the students to prepare handmade paper and insisted them to ensure that no waste paper will be burnt in the institution in the future. He encouraged all the first and second year students to join hands with the final year students to prepare handmade paper. He pointed out that India generates 62 million tons of waste every year, of which less than 60% is collected and around 15% processed. The institution generates around 4500 kilograms of waste paper. The collection of all the possible waste paper and process it to prepare new handmade paper is crucial.

The Handmade Project Work students were honored by Nandakumar with a memento. An album of 42 varieties of handmade paper was released. The varieties of handmade papers prepared by the students were displayed for the first and second year students. A live demonstration of the preparation of the handmade paper was also hosted. Nandakumar unveiled a new test made pest-proof handmade paper prepared by the students using an additive of an extract made from neem tree leaves.

Selvan A Ashokraj, a final year student in Printing Technology, narrated the making of handmade paper. M Pugazh, lecturer (SS), Printing Technology, took a pledge on reusing, recycling and reducing the usage of paper with 130 students. N. Sivaraman, lecturer (SS), Printing Technology, delivered a vote of thanks to conclude the session.

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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