Printera 2020: Bigger and better

After a successful Printera 2019, the COPE committee hosted Printera 2020 on 4-5 January 2020. The event was bigger and better, with more events and with increased student participation.

10 Feb 2020 | By PrintWeek Team

Printera kicked off with the inauguration ceremony which saw SP Redekar, registrar PVG and director PVG’s College of Engineering and Technology, Pune addressing the audience. 

It was followed by speeches by Prof RG Kaduskar, director PVG’s College of Engineering and Technology, Pune and Prof. Madhura Mahajan, head of department – Printing Technology and Graphics Communication. Dr Akshay Joshi spoke about IDEAlliance and G7. Just recently, Joshi was recognised by IDEAlliance for the completion of the G7 expert certification.

The highlight of Printera was a seminar about ISO standards and expanded colour gamut which was organised under the guidance of Dr Akshay Joshi. The chief guest was Panthala Selvan of IDEAlliance, South Asia who spoke about important trends in ISO standards and also on the benefits of G7.

The other speakers were Dr. Kiran Deshpande, global senior expert colour Management, Siegwerk who spoke about expanded colour gamut. The objective of the seminar was to provide students with a platform to put their theoretical knowledge to practical use. 

During the ceremony, the IDEAlliance scholarship was awarded to three students of third year printing: Prajakta Shetye, Harshvardhan Mahajan and Sandesh Tikande. “We are extremely proud to support this college and most certainly support the future generation of the industry every way we can, just as we do all over the world.


On behalf of the Idealliance Foundation, I personally congratulate all the scholarship recipients, their commitment to education, all those that support their education and I very much look forward to watching the impact all of these students will have on our great industry, said Tim Baechle, CEO Idealliance.

All the guests and the personnel from the industry did a walk-through around the department. The final year students displayed their projects to the guests and briefed them.

Printera 2020 saw events like a print quiz, pre-press creativity, photography and the technical marathon. Government Polytechnic, Beed emerged as the best team of Printera 2020. Their students won the first prize in most of the events.

Printera is an event organised by the Circle of Printing Engineers (COPE) of the Department of Printing Technology and Graphics Communication, PVG’s COET, Pune. It was first conducted in 2014; and till 2018, Printera was conducted only at the departmental and college level with a few technical and non-technical events. In 2019 the COPE Committee invited students from the printing colleges all over Maharashtra like SIES (Mumbai), GIPT (Mumbai), Government Polytechnic (Beed), KTHM College (Nasik) and MIPT (Pune), the response was heartening.

The COPE committee, under the guidance of head of department, Prof. Madhura P Mahajan and COPE In-charge – Prof. Laxmi Sapkal are keen to integrate all the learnings from this event and plans to design Printera 2021, on "a much larger scale, with a greater involvement from the industry and also with additional zeal."

(Written by Taraquee Nalawade, 3rd year printing PVG’s COET, Pune)

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