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.