Offset Printers’ Association and Kurukshetra University sign MoU – to establish channels of communication and cooperation to further education and academia-industry relations.
Offset Printers’ Association (OPA) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Kurukshetra University for establishing channels of communication and cooperation that will promote and advance the system of Printing and Packaging education. The MoU between the Institute of Mass Communication & Media Technology and OPA was signed in the presence of Prof. Som Nath Sachdeva, Vice Chancellor the University. Speaking on the occasion, the worthy vice chancellor said that academia-industry relationship is the first step to fulfil the dream of self-reliant India. With these industry-academia relations, now the students will get an opportunity to get hands-on training in printing and packaging which will help them find good jobs, he said.
Kurukshetra University is one of the premier educational institutions of India. Established in 1956, the university is providing higher education to over half a million students on the campus and its affiliated colleges. The university has been awarded A+ grade by NAAC and has been placed at 8th position amongst the state universities of the country in category – 1 by the ministry of MHRD and has also been granted academic autonomy.
Earlier introducing OPA, Mr. Parveen Aggarwal, President said, “Academia must be the guiding force for the development of the industry. At OPA it is our mission to persuade the youngsters for adopting printing as a career.” Mr. Aggarwal added that he is thankful to the university because they are preparing the future printers. Under the project of ‘Print Chetna’, OPA is on the front foot to encourage the printing students by way of organizing ‘Print Olympiad,’ the first of its kind talent hunt for printing in the world. “Education is the backbone for the success of any industry and with this collaboration it will be possible to train the students in future print technologies,” he added. The doors of the industry are open to provide practical training as per the syllabus, OPA will ensure the practical training of the students in the factories of its members.
Prof Manjula Chaudhary, Dean Academic Affairs of the university said, “It is necessary to design the education and training as per the industry requirements. I am happy to see this understanding between academia and industry and I do hope that this collaboration will produce excellent results.”
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Kamal Chopra, Chairman World Print & Communication Forum and President All India Federation of Master Printers said, “There are ample opportunities available for the talented manpower in the printing and packaging sector. It is the first step to bridge the gap. At the same time, right step for the ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ scheme introduced by the Prime Minister recently.
Describing the key points of the agreement, Prof. Bindu Sharma, Director, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Technology said, “This cooperation will facilitate effective utilization of the intellectual capabilities of the faculty and the industry in developing suitable teaching/training systems, keeping in mind the needs of the industry.” She added that taking in view the new education policy of the government of India, curriculum will be designed as per the need of the industry so that there may not be any difficulty for the placements. Later Prof. Kamal Chopra and team of OPA visited the Institute of Mass Communication & Media Technology to interact with the faculty members.