The Offset Printers Association (OPA) organized a printing competition in association with the Central University of Haryana at Mahendergarh. Uttkarash Dubey, a third-year student of printing at CUH, was selected as the winner of the print competition and bagged the B R Chowdhri gold medal and a cash prize of INR 25,000. Certificates were awarded to all five top students — Anchal, Pilli Rishi, Rajeev Kumar Verma, Uttkarash Dubey, and Zacharias K.
B R Chowdhri hails from Hisar, Haryana, and remained a post-press teacher for several years at Northern Regional Institute of Printing Technology (NRIPT) before joining the Haryana Agricultural University as press manager in 1970. Besides his affinity and love for the Printing Industry, he also enjoyed working as deputy estate officer, director, student welfare, security, and transport officer with the Haryana Agriculture University and retired in 2000.
Congratulating the winner and other participating students, Tankeshwar Kumar, vice chancellor of the Central University of Haryana and the chief guest of the ceremony, appreciated the efforts of OPA.
“It is the age of innovations and innovative ideas, students can excel with the education given to them by the teaching institution, but there is a need for collaborative effort of the industry and academia so that students can get the opportunities of implementation of their ideas. At the same time, the industry can guide the structure of syllabi as per their requirements. This type of competition organized by the industry can boost the morale of the students and persuade them to explore more,” he said.
Rakesh Sodhi, president of IPAMA said, “We are the printing and allied machinery manufacturing association, we need ideas from the students for further development in the design and workability of the machines. I am here to invite talented students to look for the improvements possible so that India may become the largest exporter of printing and allied machines. There are plenty of placement opportunities available in the market for printing students and at IPAMA we are always ready to assist in the improvement of the talent of the students in print.”
B R Chowdhri appreciated the efforts of OPA in organizing the competition in his name. He invited the students to look beyond the books and be ready to accept the technology change.