The Printing Industry plays an important role in the dissemination of
knowledge and information. It is also an excellent tool of spreading literacy and
knowledge. To keep up the standards of printing high, the University had to have
its own printing unit. Installation of a press in Andhra University is the brainchild
of late Dr. V.S. Krishna, the then Vice-Chancellor during 1949-61, which has
come to reality in 1962 during the period of Dr. A.L. Narayana, Vice-Chancellor.
Founder Director Sri B. Muthuswami, Reader from English Department was
appointed as Special Officer and became the Director of the Press. The Press was
designed by Sri B. Muthuswami, keeping in view, the University teachers who
produce valuable books through their research works, printing of journals,
maintaining confidentiality in statutory meetings, agendas and minutes apart from
meeting the needs of examination stationery. Latest automatic and fastest
machines like Victoria Front from Germany (two machines), PD-5 from USSR of
Double Demy size, Jobber (Double Crown), Russian Platen and two Grafo
Machines were procured. For quality binding, Perfecta Cutting Machine (fully
automatic), two Folding Machines, Double headed and Single headed Pinning
Machines, Three-sides Trimmer, and other binding equipment like Ruling
Machine, Cover making Die cutting Machine, etc., were also installed. To support
the traditional Composing Unit, Linotype, a fastest Mechanical Composing
Machine was added in 1970. A small Offset Machine and Block-making Unit
were also added subsequently.
This unit, started with an initial strength of 20
employees had emerged as one of the best presses in Andhra Pradesh in quality;
with a workforce of 140. In the year 1990, under the directorship of Prof. D.V.
Krishna Rao, modernization of press was contemplated and funds were granted for
the equipment by Prof. K.V. Ramana, the then Vice-Chancellor. HMT Invicta, of
double demy size and Swift 150 (10" x 15") Offset Machines, DTP Unit with 5
terminals, and one Xerox Machine were installed and inaugurated on 11-8-1990.
After two years, another Offset Machine, PO-25 was added to cater to the printing
needs. In the year 2000, Prof. M.S. Prasada Rao, the then Director felt the
necessity of a Copier Machine for printing job works of urgent nature such as
small Leaflets, Brochures, Invitations, Sports & Merit Certificates, etc., and
procured the machine. After the succession period of Prof. M.S. Prasada Rao,
Department of Chemistry, Prof. D. Nageswara Rao, Department of Mechanical
Engineering, A.U., has appointed as Director. During his period, he procured
Rotary Machine to Machine Section, Perfect Binding Machine to Binding Section
and Xerox Machine to DTP Section. In the year 2008, the then Director Prof. S.
Ramakrishna Rao, Department of Civil Engineering, A.U., has felt the necessity of
colour printing machine for that he procured the colour (single) printing machine
named "DOMINANT 715A" (Offset) & Sheeter for printing the colour printing
works in Press along with two Nos. of Sewing Machines to Binding Section for
Examination Stationary purpose.
The Press had a succession of able Directors after Sri B. Muthuswami.
Dr. C. Borreswara Rao from Geology Department, Prof. V. Subba Rao from
Marine Engineering, Prof. Y. Ranga Rao from Commerce, Prof. K. Subba Rao and
Prof. D.V. Krishna Rao from Physics, Prof. P. Rajendra Prasad from Geophysics,
Prof. M.S. Prasada Rao from Chemistry, Prof. D. Nageswara Rao from
Mechanical Engineering Department, Prof. S. Ramakrishna Rao, Civil
Engineering Department, Prof. G. Gnanamani, Zoology Department,
Prof. U. Viplava Prasad, Chemistry Department, Prof. G. Sudarsana Rao, Department of Commerce & Management
Studies, Prof. Ch.Pandu Ranga Reddy, Department Of HSS, have succeeded and present
Director Prof. Pulipati King, Department of Chemical Engineering, A.U.College of Engineering, has also extending his ideas to put the Press into smooth sailing and
also transformation from traditional to modern technology.
Prof. T. V. Krishna
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