Dr M Nandakumar received the ISTE National Award-2020

Creative work done in technical education

Dr M Nandakumar received the ISTE National Award-2020

The Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), New Delhi is the leading National Professional non-profit making Society for the Technical Education System in our country with the motto of Career Development of Teachers and Personality Development of Students and overall development of our Technical Education System. As the national body of educators in the field of Engineering and Technology, ISTE effectively contributes to the central government jobs.

ISTE recognized the services of the best teachers in Engineering and Polytechnic Colleges and honoured them with Awards every year. Dr M Nandakumar, Principal of Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College, Sivakasi bagged ISTE Rajaram Patil National Award for promising Engineering Teacher for creative work done in Technical Education (Polytechnics) for the year 2020 during the 50th Annual Convention Award function of ISTE held at Y.B.Chavan Centre, Mumbai on 5th October 2021. Honourable Chief Minister of Maharastra, Uttav Paul Thakrey was the chief guest and the prestigious award was presented to Dr M Nandakumar in the presence of an august gathering of learned academicians.

ISTE – Award Categories

He has received this award from ISTE for the following categories like publishing articles in Research Journals, Providing Course material for learning content in the easiest way to get 100% results, Community Development Activities, Students’ Academic Performance, Industry Institute Partnership, Motivating students to participate in Intramural Competitions, Sports Achievements, Students’ Placements and insisting new techniques in YOGA for maintaining better health for Staff as well as Students.

Dr M Nandakumar did his PhD on the topic “Green Printing” Environmental Management in Offset Printing at Anna University, Chennai. Moreover, his research papers were published in 5 renowned International Journals, 7 National and International Conferences. He has 25 years of experience in expertise areas like Pre Press, Digital and Offset Printing. He has published the books of Digital and Non-Impact Printing, Designing Software and Desktop Publishing for Diploma students. He is the Coordinator for National Level Common Syllabus Committee for Printing Technology.

He is the Project Coordinator of central and state-funded schemes of Canada India Institutional Cooperation Project, Persons with Disability Project and Community Development through Polytechnic Scheme. He has received “Arutchelvar Dr N Mahalingam Best Polytechnic Teacher Award for Tamilnadu State” by Indian Society for Technical Education, New Delhi in 2013, Outstanding Academician Award by Saveetha Engineering College, Chennai and “UP Government National Award for Outstanding work done in specified areas of Engineering and Technology-Interaction with Industry” by ISTE, in 2019. 

He and the staff members of the Printing Department created a separate website for the Printing students. That was very much utilized by the Printing students in and abroad to update themselves. By Honouring his service and dedication AICTE awarded Dr Visvesvaraya Best Teacher Award-2020 to Dr M Nandakumar, the only teacher of Printing selected at the National Level.  Our chairman Thiru AMSG Ashokan, our Correspondent A Ganeshkumar and the staff members congratulated the principal, Dr M Nandakumar, for receiving the National Award.

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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