Ashok Kumar Malhotra has been honoured as the ‘Publishing Icon’ at International Publisher’s Congress 2018
11th February, 2018: Ashok Kumar Malhotra Founder of the MBD Group, a first generation entrepreneur and a pioneer of the publishing industry was honoured with the title of ‘Publishing Icon’ at the International Publishers Congress 2018. This time, IPA (International Publishers Association) is hosting International Publishers Congress with the Indian member, (FIP) Fedration of Indian Publishers in New Delhi after 26 years. IPC is a biennial Congress and the principle theme of the congress is ‘Shaping the Future : Innovation meets Experience’.Ashok Kumar Malhotra, the youngest publisher ever who published a self authored book when he was just 13 years. He was a true visionary with dreams of an MBD product for every literate person. He shaped the publishing sector in India and beyond, not only because he understood the significance of the creative learning, but modernizing the publishing business, introducing contemporary learning practices and much more. Ashok Kumar Malhotra, was a man with a mission to transform book selling business unit into a financial giant and most successful band of all time.Now, the MBD Group is one of the leading Education Companies in India with over 6 decades of experience. It’s the only company which has complete backward and forward integration with ten printing units, fully equipped with state-of-the-art pre-press, press and post-press facilities, producing about 5,00,000 books per day. The Group has over 34 branch offices, a large number of employees, a wide network of distributors and booksellers across the country.
The International Publishers Association (IPA) is the foremost global representative of the full range of publishers’ interests, from copyright to freedom to publish. Since the first IPA Congress held in 1896 at Paris, the event has attracted the world’s leading publishers and is a vital platform for publishers to discuss the industry’s most important challenges, network and learn.Satish Bala Malhotra, Chairperson and Monica Malhotra Kandhari Managing Director of MBD Group acknowledged this esteemed award at the International Publishers Congress 2018 by Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog. Under the futuristic vision of the Founder of the Group, Ashok Kumar Malhotra, has diversified into a vast portfolio E-Learning, Capacity Building, Stationery, M-Learning, Skill Development, Eco-Friendly Notebooks, Paper Manufacturing, ICT Infrastructure. An entrepreneur par excellence, Ashok Kumar Malhotra had also envisioned the group’s diversification into Hospitality, Real Estate, Mall Development and Management. An enduring vision and laudable legacy ably realized and cultivated by his two daughters, Monica Malhotra Kandhari and Sonica Malhotra.Monica Malhotra Kandhari Managing Director, MBD Group said, “I am overwhelmed by this recognition accorded to my father whose vision and legacy had laid the solid foundation upon which the MBD Group stands today. As a father, he is the perfect role model and whatever we have achieved today is solely because of his guidance and life lessons we have learned from him.”
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