PFA the MMS Printers’ day celebration

To honour the Father of Print, Johannes Gutenberg, and to strengthen the bond between members of the print industry, Printers’ Day was celebrated by, Mumbai Mudrak Sangh (MMS) for the 9
time, on Monday, 24 February 2014 at the Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu, Mumbai.  !s has been the tradition, Printers’ Day celebration was a post-lunch event starting with registration at 3.30 pm and divided into two sessions. The first session started with a welcome address by Mr. Tushar Dhote, Vice President, MMS. Prof. Dr. Rajendra Kumar Ananyath, who was to give the keynote address, could not attend because of bad weather. Therefore, Mr. Ramu Ramanathan, group editor, Haymarket Media India, stepped in Dr. !nayath’s shoes and delivered the keynote address on ‘The A-Z of printing in India’ with special focus on case studies, business opportunities and Indian growth stories. It was a very intriguing presentation and had a lot of captured statistics.
The keynote address was followed by a Talk on Understanding the Mind by Mrs. Pooja Punjabi, Psychologist & Hypnotherapist. The talk adopted an interactive technique with the audience and even performed some live visualisations. The audience practiced some meditation and self-hypnosis techniques. It was indeed different and mesmerising experience for the delegates. This mindboggling session was rightfully followed by sumptuous snacks and tea.
The second session started with lighting of the lamp by the present dignitaries. This was followed by the passing of baton by our immediate past president, Mr. D. G. Ambekar to our current President, Mrs. Medha Virkar. Mrs. Medha Virkar, the first lady president of MMS, gave a very warm welcome and unfolded her plans for the tenure. At the end of her speech, all the members of MMS team gathered on the stage for a quick group picture.
This was followed by the release of special issue of Print Bulletin, by the Guest of Honour, Mr. A.M.S.G. Ashokan, President – AIFMP, New Delhi along with Mrs. Medha Virkar, President-MMS and Mr. Uday Dhote, Editor- Print Bulletin. This issue was dedicated to the women entrepreneurs in printing industry. In his message to the gathering, Mr. Ashokan spoke on how to develop exports in your organisation. His talk was very informative and crisp.
As is the practice, the second session of our programme included bestowing of a ‘Life Time !chievement !ward’ on an eminent personality from the industry. This year, it was Mrs. Amila Singhvi, Founder & Director of International Print-O-Pack Limited (IPP), Noida. Amilaji was first given warm traditional honours by Mrs. Medha Virkar in the background of vedic chants. This made the atmosphere ecstatic. Then, Mehul Shah, who had donned the hat of Master of Ceremony on that day, gave Mrs. Sighvi’s introduction and read the Scroll of Honour. After this, the Chief Guest, Mr. Avinash Dharmadhikari, a renowned voluntary activist, Ex-IAS & free lance journalist, handed over the ‘Life Time Achievement !ward’ and the ‘Scroll of Honour’ to !milaji amidst a full house standing ovation. During her acceptance speech, Mrs. Singhvi became very nostalgic since Mumbai is her home town and Juhu was where she used to stay before marriage.
The next hour till almost the end, was the captivating speech of Mr. Avinash Dharmadhikari. This awesome speech motivated the audience and took them to a different high. Mr. Dharmadhikari also told the gathering about his Chanakya Eductional Trust, where he has adopted a unique teaching style akin to the ‘nalandas’ of the yesteryears.
The program ended with a vote of thanks by Mr. Prakash Canser, Hon. Secretary, MMS and then everyone enjoyed the lovely dinner of that evening.

Release of special issue of Print Bulletin Our Past President Mr. D. G. Ambekar passing the baton to our current President, Mrs Mrs. Pooja Punjabi, Psychologist & Hypnotherapist performing some live visualizations IMG_7745 IMG_7723 IMG_7711 Chief Guest, Mr. Avinash Dharmadhikari and President Mrs. Medha Virkar bestowing Mrs IMG_7653


J&K Offset Printers’ Association (Regd.) held a function on 18th Jan. 2014 at Asia Hotel, Jammu to felicitate Mr. A.M.S.G Ashokan President, All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) a apex body of Printers and his office bearers, AIFMP followed by Release of its Calendar 2014 and News Letter JK Mirror.

Sh. Ajay K. Sadhotra, Hon’ble Minister for Labour, Planning and Development, J & K Govt. was the Chief Guest and Sh. Y.V. Sharma, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jammu was the Guest of Honour.

At the outset, Mr. Pankaj Sethi, President JKOPA welcomed all the dignitaries present in the function. Mr. Rakesh Mehta introduced Mr. A.M.S.G Ashokan President, All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) and his Office bearers.

Mr. Rahul Mahajan Gen. Sec., JKOPA highlighted the activities of the Association and pointed out various problems faced by the Printers of Jammu and Kashmir. He apprised the Hon’ble Minister about the lack of skilled labour in the printing industry and requested him that vocational courses should be started in educational institutions to overcome the shortage. He also apprised the Hon’ble Minister about the matter regarding Factories Act where in our members were having certain issues.

The Hon’ble Minister was requested that State Govt must acquire some land for setting up a Printing Hub so that all the Printers must come under one area and they can expand their businesses which will generate a large number of employment for both men and women.

Chief Guest Sh. Ajay K Sadhotra Hon’ble Minister, thanked all the Office Bearers and assured that he is always with the Association and he will look after all the various issues raised by the Association and if required even he will take our issues to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of State and try to solve it out.

Mr. AMSG Ashokan, President, AIFMP thanked the JKOPA for felicitating him and his team and presented a momemto to Office Bearers of JKOPA. Mr. Y.V. Sharma, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Jammu welcomed the Printing Industry Tycoons and appreciated their coming to Jammu. He also highlighted that he has been visiting with many delegations from JKOPA and their demands have been put forth with Govt.

JKOPA Calendar for the year 2014 and Newsletter were released by the esteemed Chief Guest and dignitaries.

Lastly Mr. Arun K Gupta on behalf of J&K Offset Printers’ Association thanked all the revered guests from the core of his heart for taking trouble to grace this occasion. He further thanked the management of the Companies/Corporates which sponsored the programme magnanimously for its successful culmination. He also thanked the members of the Association and Organising Committee who put their heart & soul to organise the programme successfully. He thanked the members of the media too for covering the function.

Meeting Proceeding with AIFMP Office Bearer`s

Meeting Proceeding with AIFMP Office Bearer`s

Proceeding of the Meeting held on 25/11/2013 with All India Federation of Master Printers Office Bearer`s represented by Sri AMSG. Ashokan, Sri Vinod Kumar Rajpal, Sri C.D. Kumaravel,     Sri Arvind Mardikar, Sri A. Balasubramanyam, Sri V.S. Ravindran and Sri C.R. Janardhana,     Sri Ashok Kumar, Sri C.N. Mohan Kumar, Sri T.S. Nagaraj, Dr. Balakrishna,                Sri T.V. Mukund, Sri B.R. Sathyakumar and Sri R.V. Krishnamurthy.

Karnataka State Printers Association team was joined by All India Federation of Master Printers team at Pai Viceory and visited “Printech Park” Harohalli, Kanakapura Taluk, AIFMP site and had a thorough view of the developments in and around the Printech Park. At the AIFMP site   Sri AMSG. Ashokan covered the video of all the information, factories and development in and around the AIFMP site and was convinced about the location and the advantages that are available to develop AIFMP Centre. The team had lunch, way back at Hotel Athityam break for freshup.

The team had a joint meeting with KSPA members at PTTC, Chamarajpet by around 4.30 P.M. The AIFMP President expressed his satisfaction, happiness about the location and developments in and around and also expresses his eager to develop the Printech Park at the earliest in Bangalore. He also went through the detailed plan presented by KSPA and also expressed that an in-depth study to be taken by the Chairman of Printech Park and to be reported urgently. The Chairman present in the meeting also agreed to do so. All the other AIFMP Office Bearer`s also expressed their satisfaction about the land.

Sri C.R. Janardhana extended a whole hearted support to the AIFMP Office Bearer`s in implementing the AIFMP project scheduled at Printech Park. The President of KSPA Sri Ashok Kumar extended his support for the development of Printech Park at Bangalore along with his team. Sri A. Balasubramanyam and Sri Ravindran alongwith Sri C. D. Kumaravel had an in-depth discussion in the meeting and got clarification on many points and were satisfied and were happy for the response extended by Sri C. R. Janardhana and Sri Ashok Kumar.

All the Office Bearer`s of AIFMP pledged their desire for coming up with the Testing & Training Centre with Certification Facilities of International Standard in collaboration with International Agencies.

KSPA honored the Office Bearer`s of AIFMP with shawls and flower bouquet, meeting ended with High –tea. (The AIFMP Member`s proceeded to KOPA Meeting)

Felicitation of AIFMP President and others by Karnataka Offset Printers Association

Karnataka Offset Printers Association organized a felicitation programme of new office bearers of All India Federation of Master Printers on 25th Nov’13. The function was held at KOPA’s own facility at Rajajinagar Industrial Town, Bangalore.

Mr. Nagasundar, the Imm.Past President of KOPA and the Vice President [S] of AIFMP along with President of KOPA, Mr. A. Balachandra, Mr. Shivraj J. Shetty, the General Secretary , Mr. Satyanarayan P. the Treasurer, Mr. H.C. Vishwanath Babu, the Joint Secretary extended a very warm welcome to Mr. Mr. AMSG Ashokan and his team on arrival

Mr. AMSG Ashokan, the President of AIFMP along with Mr. C.D. Kumaravel, the Hony. Gen. Secretary, Mr. Arvind Maridekar, the Joint Secretary, Mr. Vinod Kumar Rajpal, Vice President [N], Mr. Raveendran, Chairman, Education &Training AIFMP,  and Mr. Bala Subramanyam, Chairman Print Park Project , President & Office Bearers of Alumni Association, Bangalore were shown around the facility aptly named as The Offset Printers Technology Centre[ TOPTEC Building] which houses the Training Room, CTP Room where hands on training is provided. The facility impressed the visitors and were all praise for the efforts of KOPA.

The Felicitation programme began after the visit to the facility.

Mr. Nagasundar in his welcome speech greeted the guests and the members of KOPA who were there to attend the felicitation function.

Mr. Nagasundar while welcoming the AIFMP President and office bearers spoke about the coming up of TOPTEC and gave a broad outlook of the vision for future as well as candidly raised various issues related to printing fraternity. He further specifically pointed out the frequent price rises by Paper mills which has to be contained by the press owners in an effort to stay afloat. He further raised the lack of skilled labour in printing industry as a  matter of grave concern. He called upon the President of AIFMP to initiate training centers which in due course would be of great use. Similarly he called upon AIFMP to concentrate on building Data Bank etc.

Mr. Nagasundar then implored AIFMP to assist in organizing a State level conclave of printers.

He then requested Mr. A. Balachandra to address the gathering.. Mr. Balachandra while welcoming the President and office bearers of AIFMP spoke about KOPA and its present status without any outside funding and was cheered when he further said that it has been funded entirely by only KOPA members. He then went to say the future projects like starting up a printing technology institute. He also invited AIFMP to be part of joint venture or so.

Later on the AIFMP President and the Newly elected office bearers were felicitated the traditional way and as token of gesture were honoured with momentos

Mr. Ashokan in his address spoke briefly about steps being formulated by AIFMP towards changes in export policy, stamp release, zonal meetings, railway help in getting a bogie for exhibiting the progress of 60 years. He also dwelt on his thought of making the tenure of President to two years as one year term is too short for executing the framed policies.

Mr. C.D. Kumaarvel in his brief  address appreciated the efforts of KOPA and was also appreciative of KOPA NEWS.

Mr. Arvind Maridekar spoke about the positive things to look back on and requested the members to highlight the issues before the President who in his stride will take up on behalf of the printing fraternity.

Mr. Vinod Kumar Rajpal appreciated the excellent job done by KOPA and wished KOPA achieve greater heights.


Faliciation of WBMPA on 18th Nov 2013

Felicitation of AIFMP President Mr. Ashokan by WBMPA

West Bengal Master Printers’ Association felt proud to felicitate the newly elected President of All India Federation of Master Printers Mr. A. M. S. G. Ashokan at the Main Hall of Association on 18th November, 2013. President Sri Asok Kumar Pal welcomed the President with a Uttariya after garlanding him by our Hony. Secretary Sri Sandip Kumar Sanyal our Past Presi-dents Sri Santosh Kumar Banerjee and Mihir Kumar Sen  honoured him with a Memento. Past Presi-dent of AIFMP Sri Bikash Sarker intro-duced all GC, GB members of AIFMP and Office Bearers of WBMPA with Mr. Ashokan. Past President Sri Ranjan Kuthari congratulated Mr. Ashokan and hoped that the team of AIFMP under the leadership of Mr. Ashokan would work united for the betterment of printing fraternity of India. Mr. Ashokan reciprocated with Mementos to senior Past Presidents of AIFMP. Mr. Shyamal Chandra Basu Vice President of WBMPA as well as AIFMP requested Mr. Ashokan for providing Regional Institute of Printing Technology at Jadavpur with testing equipments and arranging for making a Cluster for testing equipment in Kolkata for Eastern Part of India as was done in Bangalore Printtech Park. Mr. Ashokan assured that he would support this venture if affiliates came forward. At the end Hony. Secretary Sri Sandip Kumar Sanyal extended his sincere and heartfelt thanks to Mr. AMSG Ashokan on behalf of WBMPA.

Lastly he invited the members for attending Dinner arranged in honour of Mr. Ashokan.



Felicitations of AIFMP Office Bearers

The new team of office bearers from AIFMP visited the institute of printing technology and they had an interaction meeting. They also visited the department of Printing Technology, anna University on 2nd November 2013.

The Madras Printers & Lithographers Association had the proud privilege of felicitating the newly elected Office Bearers of All India Federation of Master Printers at Hotel Beverly on 22nd November 2013.

The new team of office bearers of AIFMP graced the function were as follows:
Mr AMSG Ashokan, President
Mr Vinod Kumar Rajpal, Vice President (N)
Mr Prakash Joshi, Vice President (W)
Mr C D Kumaravel, Hony Gen Secretary
Mr Arvind Mardikar, Joint Secretary
They were individually honored with garland shawl and a memento


“Proud to be a Printer

Campaign launched by AIFMP President

On his maiden visit to Ludhiana Mr. AMSG Ashokan, President of the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) appreciated the activities of Offset Printers Association (OPA).  During his visit to the city, Offset Printers’ Association launched yet another Nobel campaign first time ever in India for giving printing its due place in the society and government departments. OPA is pioneer in launching the ‘Awards for Print Luminaries’ – to recognize the talent of people in print; ‘Print Yatra’ – for networking and asking the printers to be united and form associations; ‘Print Chetna’ – to persuade the youngsters to adopt printing as a career.

Giving details of the campaign, another first from OPA, Mr. Kamal Chopra General Secretary said, printing is the second largest industry of the world and it is the biggest invention of the mankind till date. Printing is the mother of all revolution and the history of printing is the history of civilization itself. But it is felt, he said, that printing is a neglected profession by the government and to some extent by the society also because we printers don’t realize our own place. It is therefore necessary to educate the printer ‘ourselves’ to be proud in the profession of printing.

As a part of the campaign a sticker ‘Proud to be a Printer’ was released by Shri AMSG Ashokan, President of AIFMP on 16th of November, 2013. Releasing the sticker he said, OPA always remained in forefront for the cause of printing industry and we have to learn a lot from this association. Visit to Ludhiana will remain land mark for me always. Working of OPA is unparallel, be it education, managing the event, working for the society or be it the hospitality, OPA is always at top. I am impressed to see the youngsters working here and would like that at least four of you must join in the standing committees of AIFMP. He applauded the OPA for this noble cause of educating the society about the place of printing in day to day life. We should be proud that we are the printers, who decide the future of mankind, at the same time, he said, we are proud that OPA is an affiliate of AIFMP.

On the launch of the campaign Prof. Dr. Rajendrakumar Anayath in his message to the ‘people in print’ said: “Print had a solid past, Print is so precious today and Print will be playing a lead role in the future too. Nobody in this universe can think of a day without touching a Printer, whether you are a congenital idiot or the highest genius in science, art or literature. You may be a millionaire or a beggar on the street, my dear friend you are connected to print by some means. In the modern world of knowledge society and nanoscience, print is completely repurposed to a manufacturing and micro structuring technology. It is certain that print will be a part and parcel of all modern innovations. Colleagues . . . . be proud that you are a printer because . . . you decide the future of mankind.

Mr. Ashokan was accompanied by Mr. C D Kumaravel, Hony, General Secretary, Mr. Prakash R. Joshi, Vice President (West) and Mr. Arvind B. Mardikar, Joint Secretary of the AIFMP. Mr. Kumaravel said, after visiting Ludhiana I am confident now that some attention will be given to this key industry by the Government.  Today, he said, I feel jealous of Kamal; he is enjoying the support of this young brigade which is devoted and committed to the cause, I have to learn many things from Kamal and his way of working.


Mr. Prakash R Joshi, Vice President (West) AIFMP said, it is my first visit to Ludhiana, but I am quite impressed the way everything is planned for this event, it is amazing to see the way I was welcomed at the reception and the way we are introduced, real

ly I am feeling proud to be here. Such a dedication and commitment towards the association at lease I have never seen, he said. I will take with me the novel ideas of OPA and will try to implement these in my own association.

In his speech Mr. Arvind Madrdikar, Joint Secretary, AIFMP said, I know Kamal for the past about four years but it is the first time that I am with him and the entire team of OPA at Ludhiana, but, he said my visit is not complete, I would like to visit

again and to sit with you during your executive meetings to know and understand how you get that much stamina of working for the cause of printing. Because, how this association gets new ideas and noble projects for the cause of people in print is a matter of investigation. I am proud to be here with you, really this is my proudest moments and I will cherish this visit during my entire period of working as Joint Secretary at AIFMP.

Earlier, Mr. Kamal Chopra elaborated the activities and projects of OPA, he said OPA is the one and only association in India to introduce the projects like ‘Print Yatra’ and Print Chetna to spread awareness about printing. He said there are number of un-employed youth but at the same time there is a dearth of skilled and semi skilled work force in the industry OPA is trying to fill that gap with the help of these projects.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kushl Kumar Jain, Vice President, OPA said these stickers will be distributed free of cost to each and every printers’ association of India printed with the logo of that association. Mr. Sanjay Gandhi, Vice President OPA said, it is a matter of pride for OPA that today we have with us the stalwarts of the Indian printing industry. Sivakasi he said is known as the packaging town, this small city is an example for India, especially printing and packaging industry, today they have polytechnic and college in Printing and they are working in a cluster. Perhaps, he said, Sivakasi is the largest printing and packaging cluster in the world.