Introduction Printing technology is one of the branches of engineering which deals with the printing process, operations of printing equipment and the management of printing press. Printing plays a major role in publishing the printed materials like pamphlets, newspaper, books and magazines. In the process of mass communication, printing plays an important role. Print media is one of the growing sectors in India and lot of opportunities are available for printing professionals in presses, advertising agencies, publishing houses, textile industries and packaging industries.
Education in printing technology To build a career as a printing professional, one should have a degree in printing technology. Many diploma courses, UG, PG, Ph.D and certification courses are available for printing technology. The printing technology course mainly focuses on technology of printing, material science, packaging and management.
Listed below are the educational courses available for printing technology in India.
Diploma courses The duration of the course is 3 years. Candidates who have passed class 10th or any equivalent examination from a recognized board can apply for diploma in printing technology. It is an integrated full time course and the lateral entry candidates can also apply. The duration of the course for lateral entry candidates is 2 years.
Certificate courses Other than the diploma course in printing technology, many certificate courses are also available in some institutes for printing technology. The duration of the certification course is 1 year. The course duration may vary depending upon the institute.
The certificate courses related to printing technology is listed below:
In addition to the above mentioned courses, some institute offer special courses in screen printing, plate making, camera operation, mini offset printing, book binding, typesetting and desktop publishing.
B.Voc Printing Technology To develop the skill based education, the Government of India has started a new initiative and have introduced bachelor of vocational (B. Voc) programme under various streams. B. Voc Printing Technology is one such course introduced under the new initiative designed by UGC. The duration of the course is 3 years. Candidates who have passed 12th in any stream from a recognized board can apply for B. Voc printing technology. The course is offered only in some institutions.
B.E/B.Tech Printing Technology The duration of the course is 4 years. For admission into B.E printing technology and B.Tech printing technology, candidates must have passed class 12 with mathematics and physics as compulsory subjects. Some colleges admits students into B.E/B.Tech printing technology course based on the score of a candidate in state level engineering entrance exam or JEE Main exam. Candidates who have a diploma degree in printing technology can also join B.E/B.Tech printing technology in 2nd year as a lateral entry.
Higher education Candidates who wish to pursue higher education after a bachelor's degree in printing technology can apply for master's degree in printing technology. The higher education courses available for printing technology are listed below.
M.E/M.Tech Printing Technology The duration of the course is 2 years. Candidates who have a bachelor's degree in printing technology or packaging technology can apply for M.E/M.Tech Printing Technology. Admission into master's degree is purely based on the score of a candidate in GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) or any state level engineering entrance exam.
Ph.D Interested candidates who wish to hold a Ph.D in printing technology after completing a master's degree in printing technology or any other related field can apply for full time or part time Ph.D programme in a renowned university.
MBA After completing a bachelor's degree in printing technology, candidates who wish to develop the management skills and entrepreneur skills can apply for MBA. Holding an MBA degree after B.E/B/Tech technology will help a candidate to take up the management activities in printing presses, advertising agencies, publishing houses, etc. Also, printing technologists who wish to setup own printing press can join MBA.
Top institutes for printing technology in India Some of the popular institutes in India that offer printing technology courses in India are
Career opportunities in printing technology
Wide range of job opportunities is available for printing technology graduates in India and abroad. Both the private and government owned printing presses and industries recruits printing professionals for various job posts.
The printing technology graduates has opportunities to work in the following areas
Job roles of printing professionals
The printing professionals are hired for the following job posts
Opportunities for printing technology graduates in Government sector
Many state and central government owned departments, research institutes and organizations in India are involved into publishing activities. Printing plays a major role in the production of currency notes, coins, rubber stamps, postal stamps and publishing research papers, survey reports, state text books, etc. Some of the government owned departments that hire printing technology professionals are listed below
Generally the private printing companies, advertising agencies, publication houses and packaging industries recruits printing technology professionals through campus interviews. Some of the private recruiters that hire printing technology graduates are
TeachingTeaching is another promising career option for printing technology graduates. The graduates who are interested in teaching profession must write CSIR National Eligibility Test (CSIR-NET). Candidates who have passed CSIR-NET can continue their career as a professor or lecturer in the department of printing technology or any other related departments.
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