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Picture Gallery: Printing education at Sivakasi's AGPC institute

23 July 2014

Established in 1996, the Department of Printing Technology at Sivakasi’s Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College offers quality technical education. When PrintWeek's editor Ramu Ramanathan visited the institute on 16 July 2014, the institute’s laboratory and workshop housed equipment worth Rs two-crore.

PrintWeek India's picture gallery of the print institute

  • Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College is a Government-aided Polytechnic founded by Arasan A M S Ganesan, a well-known philanthropist of Sivakasi town. The institute is located on a sprawling 50 acres campus.
  • The Printing Technology Department is housed in an exclusive building with a built-in area of 10,000 sq/ft.
  • With 19 years of experience and specialisation in pre-press, digital and offset printing, M Nandakumar heads the printing department.
  • The desktop publishing (DTP) facility - where students produce their reports.
  • The Cutwell semi-automatic paper cutting machine.
  • The Glunz & Jenson offline automatic film processor.
  • The Heidelberg Duosetter film imagesetter.
  • Proteck's plate exposing machine.
  • Dominant single-colour offset machine.
  • The Heidelberg PrintMaster two-colour offset printing machine on which students get hands-on training plus they produce commercial print jobs.
  • The Stahl folding machine.
  • Skin packaging - a unique kit.
  • Profolic adhension tester
  • The institute is also equipped with digital connectivity which is linked to 16 institutes for distance education programmes - and serves as a virtual classroom.
  • The central library houses a host of printing technology books.
  • This library subscribes to PrintWeek India which is one of best read print titles since it helps keep students in Sivakasi up to date.
  • PrintWeek India’s editor, Ramu Ramanathan, delivered a guest lecture at the institute on 16 July 2014. In his two-hour presentation in Tamil, he covered trends, growth areas, new applications and emerging sectors of Indian printing industry.
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