Regional Institute of Printing Technology Kolkata joins Ghent Workgroup

Ghent Workgroup to train graduate students on print technology

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Ghent Workgroup
Ghent Workgroup association with The Regional Institute of Printing Technology, Kolkata

The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) is thrilled to announce the Regional Institute of Printing Technology Kolkata joining it as an educational member. The RIT located in Jadavpur in South Kolkata is a leading regional level institute offering trans-formative and functional education in graphic communication media technologies.

The Regional Institute of Printing Technology, Kolkata, was established in July 1956 and started its course curricula with some equipment prevalent at that time. Since then, several attempts have been made to keep pace with today’s technology and now offer full-time 3-year duration diploma programs on printing technology, multimedia technology, and photography.

All the diploma programs are approved by the All India Council for Technical Education and affiliated with the West Bengal State Council of Technical and Vocational Education and Skill Development.

Regional Institute of Printing Technology associated with Ghent Workgroup as an educational member

Shankhya Debnath, Lecturer, Department of Printing Technology, said, “We wanted to be part of the GWG because we realized that most print production workflows are now digitized and automated. We are constantly striving to update our curriculum and develop skills in our students that will help them become quality conscious of succeeding in such a print production environment.

Shankhya Debnath, Lecturer in Printing Technology at The Regional Institute of Printing Technology
Shankhya Debnath, Lecturer in Printing Technology at The Regional Institute of Printing Technology

In this direction, we believe that being part of the GWG, which is at the forefront of developing specifications and best practices for PDF exchange, can help guide our efforts in the right direction.

Likewise, we hope to be an important stakeholder in the GWG community by providing feedback from employers and print industry professionals to help develop specifications that serve the print community at large. We are honored and proud to be associated with the GWG as an educational member,” Debnath added.

Graduate students in Printing Technology often specialize in either print production or the prepress. Major recruiters for students of the institute are the packaging printing industry and the publishing industry.

In their laboratories, students are introduced to modern color management workflows in print production. Quality control parameters and tools are also focused on throughout the 3-year program to help students become well-rounded professionals in the future. 

“We welcome the Regional Institute of Printing Technology of Calcutta as a member of the Ghent Workgroup. Print is changing, and students are our future. They help envision the new technologies, products, and processes and then implement them,” said GWG Chair David Zwang.

Involving them in the research and development work we do at GWG and having them work with us to educate their peers is what we need to ensure a strong and exciting future for print,” Zwang added.

 

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