Grafica News - Feb 2016
Printing as a career option for women!
Now more and more girls are choosing printing as their career option. For example, at Mumbai’s Government Institute of Technology (GIPT) they have almost 30% reservation of seats for girls; Dr. T.M.A. Pai Polytechnic, Manipal, has about 20 students out of intake of 60 in a batch of Diploma, and about 5% women in their Graduation batch. Similarly the SIES Graduate School of Technology, Nerul, has about 12-15% girl students. The KCES’s Multimedia and Printing Technology,Jalgaon, has about 12 students out of the batch of 35. So, it is really welcome trend that more and more girls are joining printing industry.
Student profileJigisha Dhang,
Trainee in Printing Lab (Screen Printing), NID, Ahmedabad
Why did you choose printing as your career?
Why not? What prevents women to take up screen printing as a career? I feel women also have creative brain in areas such as graphic designing and printing.
I have a keen interest in printing. After my 12th I joined IIT at Kuber Nagar in Ahmedabad. There I learnt DTP, photo editing, and commercial printing such as wedding card, visiting card, banner printing.
Who was the inspiration behind your decision?
It was my decision. My dad (Mahendra bhai) who is a machine operator in a Mill, supported me a lot. And mom who is a housewife also encouraged me to continue my technical education. I am thankful to both of them. And I am thankful to NID for giving me a chance to be a trainee in their Printing Lab.
What is your role here?
I have been working as a trainee here at NID for the last 7-8 months. I work in two major areas, that is screen making and printing. I learn screen making on Grafica Screen Maker 5-in-1 and printing on Nano-Print machine. Screen making itself is a vast subject within the arena of screen printing process. Right now I am through with exposing techniques. I have also understood the importance of carefully keeping the ready to use or exposed screens vertically on a stand. Apart from screen printing, I am also learning plate making for offset press, spiral binding (small and big size), hand cutting machine operation, creasing, binding work, etc.
Do you like screen printing?
Yes very much. Basic Screen printing is easy to learn but as you go deeper then you need to understand lot of technical aspects. Since I have IIT and design background I find it easier to grasp. Screen printing is a slow process yet it is very creative field. The kind of UV special effects are very fascinating. There is lot many techniques to learn in UV special effects. Offset is good for quick job turn around. At NID we also have offset printing Lab. I feel in screen printing I can make a good career. After my stint at NID, I want to work in a reputed screen printing company to gain industrial experience.
A woman is empowered when she is educated
Tanvi Parekh Online Editor,
Priya Raju, Sr. Correspondent
PrintWeek India magazine (www.printweek.in)
Like other industries, the print industry started when the workforce was mostly male. Today, most of the presses in India are second generation press, and at most places one sees women now entering - but mostly in the managerial role. The traditional mindset that women are technically inept, irrespective of the qualification, does persist at some level.
Having said that, the scenario is changing. There are some presses which have women at the helm and on the shopfloor, too. Say for instance, Amila Singhvi of International Print-o-Pac, Archana Mehrish of Meher Services, Meeta Shah of A&M Enterprises and many more.
Grafica Flextronica has played a crucial role in promoting Screen printing in India. With its product offering, Grafica has helped bring in automation and efficiency in the process even at the lowest level. Their DMI Institute plays a major role here to educate the industry of the wide range of application plus value additions possible with the process.