Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford and has played a key role in the University's work since its first published work in 1586. It is the largest and most successful university press in the world with offices in fifty countries and publishes more than 6,000 new resources a year across the academic and educational spectrum.
From its first locally published book in 1912, OUP India it has expanded its output to include a wide range of educational and academic resources - from scholarly works and higher education textbooks to school courses, bilingual dictionaries, and digital resources for teaching-learning.
In India, the company has three broad divisions – school education, higher education and global academic. As the names imply, they cater to these specific markets.
|OUP in numbers|
Number of books (units) published so far: 23 million units
Number of employees: Approximately 750
Number of printers associated with OUP India: 10 to 12
|Rapid fire with Ranjan Kaul|
What is the best thing you like about OUP?
Its undying commitment to education, innovation and quality.
What you like most about Indian publishing industry?
Its commitment to education and literacy.
What according to you is lacking in the industry?
Greater awareness of piracy and copyright issues.
Your predications for the next five years?
The future certainly looks very bright
Piracy is a major issue among publishers. Kaul says even OUP India faces the threats of piracy, but not to the extent the publishers of best-selling trade books, where piracy is more rampant. “Piracy in the institutional framework is limited in India, as booksellers in India do not keep pirated books in their stores” says Kaul.
He adds that more than India, piracy is far more rampant in countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan. “In India, the situation is not that bad, as police are now more aware of the copyright laws, and publishers themselves can take legal action,” he concludes.
Ranjan Kaul, managing director, Oxford University Press, India, has over three decades of publishing experience and has held senior editorial and management positions in leading publishing companies in India. A post-graduate in English Literature from the University of Delhi, he also holds an Engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. Ranjan writes and paints in his spare time and is the author of Through the Forest, Darkly, a work of fiction published by Hachette.