CANCHIPUR: A Two-Week Certificate Course in Book Publishing from 10 – 22 Feb organised by National Book Trust (NBT), MHRD, Govt. of India ended on Saturday with a Valedictory function at the Seminar hall of the Dept. of Commerce, MU. The function was attended by Prof. Robita Sarokhaibam, Former HOD of Commerce, MU and Narender Kumar, Training Officer, NBT as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour, respectively. Prof. Kh. Tomba Singh, Head, Dept. of Commerce, MU presided over the function.
A book, written by Prof. Kh. Tomba Singh, titled “Occupational Stress Strategies for Management in Work Place” was also released by the dignitaries at the function.
It may be mentioned that the course was inaugurated on 10 February by Yumnam Joykumar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister, Jarnail Singh, VC of Manipur Unversity, Prof. Govind Prasad Sharma, Chairman, NBT along with the official of NBT, Dean, School of social science and Head, Dept. of Commerce, MU. Forty trainees from different parts of the state including two from Kerala took part in this course which was coordinated by Prof. Kh. Tomba Singh, Head, Depart of Commerce, MU.
Addressing the gathering, Narender Kumar, the Training Officer of NBT said that the rationale of conducting this course is to provide participants with an overall view of the book publishing profession where a bright future awaits them. NBT Concerted efforts are being made to conduct such courses in the other northeast states as well. 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 added. He also appealed to the gathering to submit manuscripts and asserted that NBT will help in publishing them.
Prof. Robita Sarokhaibam said the government of India is focusing more on the entrepreneurship skill developments. Publishing business will definitely generate employemt opportunities for the youth of this state. Anybody can write a book and become an author, she added. She further stated that the students and research scholars, in particular, are in very much need of publishing knowledge to publish their research articles and books.
Dwijendra Kumar, Editor, Readers’ Club Bulletin, NBT stated that may organise a National Book Fair and a Two-Day training programme on ‘Writing for Children’ in Imphal. These two events will be quite beneficial to people of the state, he added.
Proposing the Vote of thanks, Prof. Kh. Tomba Singh said eminent experts which include big names as Dr. Suresh Chand an expert on Copyright & ISBN, Shri Vivek Mehra, CEO, Sage Publication Delhi, Shri Sanjay Sethi, CEO, Matrix Publishers and G.S. Jolly, Ex. Associate Professor, Delhi University, from different leading publishing houses and academia of the country 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 our state direly needs trained-professionals in bringing out textbooks and other books in our own script. Professor expressed his willingness to organise a book promotional event at Manipur University in collaboration with NBT.