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TRADITIONAL START: The former Vice-Chancellor of MAHE M.S. Valiathan (third from right) inaugurating the 38th Conference of International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts, Technology and Management in Manipal on Wednesday.
TRADITIONAL START: The former Vice-Chancellor of MAHE M.S. Valiathan (third from right) inaugurating the 38th Conference of International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts, Technology and Management in Manipal on Wednesday.

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`It has become a part of everyone's daily life'

Manipal: The former Vice-Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) M.S. Valiathan said on Wednesday that printing had transformed the world and had become a part of everyone's daily life.

He was delivering the inaugural speech at the 38th Conference of International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts, Technology and Management (ICEIGATM) organised by the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), a constituent unit of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), here.

Prof. Valiathan said that during the times of Emperor Ashoka, Brahmi script used to be written on big boulders and copper plates. Then palm leaves were being used for writing. Though a lot of work was written on palm leaves, a large portion had been lost or destroyed. Even after this loss, the Indian National Manuscripts Mission had found nearly five million manuscripts written in various Indian languages.

But this kind of writing on palm leaves had a disadvantage in that it was accessible to a small minority. The Portuguese brought printing to India. In the 18th Century, printing was a small trickle, but in the 21st Century, it had become a flood in the country. With both population and literacy rates going up, there was a great demand for printed material. Computers and the liberalisation policies of 1990s had changed the scenario. The future held a lot of promise for printing and media technology, Prof. Valiathan said.

Pro-Chancellor of MAHE H.S. Ballal said that MIT was one of the seven engineering colleges offering graduate courses in printing and media engineering in the country. The Printing and Engineering Department of MIT had a 100 per cent placement record of its graduates. This was because MIT kept modifying its curriculum to meet the needs of the industry.

MAHE had always been giving great importance to quality and research and development. The MIT would be celebrating its golden jubilee in 2007. Seminars and conferences by the institute were in the offing, Prof. Ballal said.

Felicitation

The stalwarts of print and media industry such as chairman of Manugraph (I) Ltd. Sanat M. Shah, managing director of Manipal Media Networks Ltd. T. Satish U. Pai, technical director of Malayala Manorama Co. Ltd. George Jacob, director of Kasturi and Sons K. Balaji, president of ICEIGATM Hartmann Liebetruth and managing partner of Graphic Arts Technology and Education Kiran P. Prayagi were felicitated on the occasion.

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