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Spreading the word:District Collector Peeyush Kumar giving a certificate to a participant of training course in book publishing in Vijayawada on Saturday.
Spreading the word:District Collector Peeyush Kumar giving a certificate to a participant of training course in book publishing in Vijayawada on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

Training course in book publishing concludes

VIJAYAWADA: The growth and development of information technology (IT) will not pose a challenge to the publication industry, but will be an added advantage, said Krishna district Collector Peeyush Kumar on Saturday. He advised the publishers to update their knowledge by keeping a tab on the advent of new technologies in book publication.

Addressing a gathering at the valedictory of the fortnight-long training course in book publishing, organised jointly by the Vijayawada Book Festival Society and National Book Trust, India here, Mr. Peeyush Kumar said that publication would continue to be part of the knowledge industry and there would not be any substitute for books.

Lauding the efforts of the VBFS in conducting the course in association with the NBT, he advised the organisers of the VBFS to focus on conducting similar courses independently for the benefit of the local publishers. “Many publishers are unaware of the fast approaching changes in the publication sector. There is a need to conduct refresher courses for the benefit of those publishers,” he said.

Referring to an appeal from the president of the VBFS D. Ashok Kumar that sanction of additional land would help the society to expand the library and open a new section for children, Mr. Peeyush Kumar said that the district administration was ready to extend all sorts of support to the VBFS, as it was rendering good services to society.

Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu, who presided over the meeting, said that VBFS was the only organisation in the city that was making very good use of the land given by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporaiton for the construction of the library. “Over 90 per cent of the lands being given by the VMC to various organisations are being misused for various reasons. But, the VBFS is rendering laudable services to the society,” he said. He advised the publishers to focus on the quality of books being published and ensure that people would be able to know the content of the book at one glance.

Assistant Director of the NBT Sumit Bhattacharjee said that thought there were ample career opportunities in publication industry, many people were unable to take it as a career due to lack of awareness. “To create awareness among the public about this industry, we are conducting this course across the country,” he said, advising public to refer to the website www.nbtindia.org.in to know the details of the training programmes.


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