A two-week certificate course in book publishing from February 10 to 22 organised by the National Book Trust (NBT), MHRD, government of India concluded Saturday with a valedictory function at the Seminar hall of the department of commerce, MU.
The function was attended by former HOD of commerce, MU, professor Robita Sarokhaibam and training officer, NBT, Narender Kumar as chief guest and guest of honour respectively. Professor Kh Tomba Singh, head, department of commerce, MU, presided over the function.
A book written by Tomba Singh titled ‘Occupational stress strategies for management in work place’ was released by the dignitaries at the function.
The course was inaugurated on February 10 by deputy chief minister, Yumnam Joykumar Singh, VC of the Manipur University, Jarnail Singh, chairman, NBT, professor Govind Prasad Sharma along with officials of NBT, dean of the school of social science and head of the department of commerce, MU. Forty trainees, including two from Kerala, took part in the course which was coordinated by professor Tomba.
Addressing the gathering Kumar said the rationale of conducting this course was to provide participants with an overall view of the book publishing profession where a bright future awaits them.
Concerted efforts are being made to conduct such courses in the other northeast states as well, he said adding the commitment of NBT is to empower the youth of this nation through the influence of books and to provide exposure to the latest developments in this field of book publishing.
He also appealed to the gathering to submit manuscripts and asserted that NBT will help in publishing them.
Professor Robita said the government of India is focusing more on the entrepreneurship skill developments. Publishing business would definitely generate employment opportunities for the youth of this state and anybody can write a book and become an author, she added.
She further stated that students and research scholars, in particular, are in big need of publishing knowledge, to publish their research articles and books.
The editor of the Readers’ Club Bulletin, NBT, Dwijendra Kumar stated that a National Book Fair and a two-day training programme on ‘Writing for children’ could take place in Imphal. These two events will be quite beneficial to people of the state, he added.
Proposing the vote of thanks, professor Tomba said eminent experts including big names like Dr Sureh Chand, an expert on copyright and ISBN, Vivek Mehra, CEO, Sage Publication, Delhi, Sanjay Sethi, CEO, Metrix Publishers and GS Jolly, ex-associate professor, Delhi University, delivered lectures on different aspects of book publishing and new insights into the associated laws and ethics of this profession.
He opined that such courses will prove quite useful for participants as the state directly needs trained-professionals for bringing out textbooks and other books in the indigenous script. The professor expressed his willingness to organise a book promotional event at Manipur University in collaboration with NBT.