Narendra Paruchuri wins first Viren Chhabra Print Leadership Award

Narendra Paruchuri, managing director of Pragati Offset and Pragati Pack receiving the Viren Chhabra Print Leadership Award from Michael Makin, president of the Printing Industries of America for outstanding leadership of the industry
Narendra Paruchuri, managing director of Pragati Offset and Pragati Pack receiving the Viren Chhabra Print Leadership Award from Michael Makin, president of the Printing Industries of America for outstanding leadership of the industry

Narendra Paruchuri, managing director of Pragati Offset and Pragati Pack in Hyderabad, was presented with the first Viren Chhabra Print Leadership Award at a ceremony on the evening of 8 January 2020 in Mumbai. The award was presented by Michael Makin, president of the Printing Industries of America for Paruchuri’s outstanding leadership of the industry.The event emphasized on the importance of situational leadership training for responsible businesses and society.

This leadership has encompassed unparalleled success in the global quality awards competitions and in service to the Indian industry and its print association members by open and transparent sharing of technology absorption for quality, environment and best practices, and realistic business goals. Paruchuri has also championed educational investment in the next generation in family printing businesses – as well as gender equality.

Paruchuri’s presentation at the ceremony traversed his more than 50 years in the industry from being a chemical engineer to becoming one of the best-known offset printers in the world. Accepting the award, he urged the printers to keep their eyes and hearts open to the future and their feet on the ground. He expressed his thanks to the AIFMP on being the first winner of the Viren Chhabra Print Leadership Award and being presented with the trophy, a citation, a shawl and a cheque for Rs. 1 lakh.

The award was instituted by the AIFMP in 2017, soon after the passing away of Viren Chhabra at the age of 90. Chhabra was employed by The Statesman newspaper for 42 years and was instrumental in building the printers associations and their federation and projecting the industry internationally.

The corpus for the Viren Chhabra Leadership award has been built up to a figure nearing Rs. 20 lakh with generous donations by the Chhabra family and by the Offset Printers Association based in Ludhiana, the Kerala Master Printers Association, TechNova Imaging Systems, Arvind Mardikar, the Karnataka Offset Printers Association, AMSG Ashokan and the Graphic Imaging and Processing Association based in Delhi.

Naresh Khanna

The citation

“All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) has the honour to present Narendra Paruchuri who has been recommended by the awards committee as an eminently qualified person for the conferment of the ‘Viren Chhabra Print Leadership Award’ for the year 2019 in recognition of his exceptional achievements and performances for the growth and welfare of the printing and packaging industry.

“Graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology in 1975, Narendra joined Pragati Offset Pvt. Ltd., a commercial printing press started by his father Sri Paruchuri Hanumantha Rao in 1962. With his vision and commitments he has brought global recognition and respect for the Indian printing industry, having won several awards including the SAPPI International Printer of the Year thrice.

“He has truly been a pathfinder for the Indian printing industry, has developed unique technologies and processes in reproduction, printing and print enhancement. He is instrumental in spreading knowledge by way of presentations at seminars and demonstration of his scientific adoption of technology to all visitors. He runs a transparent business and does not believe in keeping trade secrets. Nevertheless, Narendra has managed to make his company a highly profitable venture.

“He has practiced the philosophy of being a part of the customers’ team and treating vendors as partners in progress. In business as well as personal life, he has displayed the highest level of ethical behaviour. By honouring Narendra Paruchuri, AIFMPA is acknowledging the debt of gratitude which the printers owe to him.”

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.


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