Cambridge University Press in Pune
Cambridge University Press India opened its seventh Indian branch on 2 November 2008 in Pune. Pune is the cultural and educational centre of the state of Maharashtra in Western India, and is known as the “ Oxford of the East”.
The branch was inaugurated by Chris Boughton, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Cambridge University Press.
Also present on the occasion were Steve Miller, Chief Financial Officer, Cambridge University Press; Mark Gresham, Director, Japan & North East Asia, Cambridge University Press; Mark O'Neil, Executive Director, Australia and New Zealand, Cambridge University Press; Tony Lund, Regional Finance Director, Asia-Pacific, Cambridge University Press; and Manas Saikia, Managing Director, Cambridge University Press India.
The guests were accorded a traditional Maharashtrian welcome and colourful turbans were tied on all of them.
In the morning there was an Open House, where a large number of teachers, academicians and members of the trade came and saw the new office.
In the evening, a reception was held and it was well attended. A number of booksellers travelled from far and near to be with us, along with teachers, authors and educationists.
Manas Saikia said that Pune was a natural choice for the new branch as it was an educational centre and saw a great potential. He also mentioned the various collaborations that we have undertaken with various educational institutions in the region like Pune University and Amravati University .
Chris Boughton spoke of how although the press was almost 425 years old, it is new in India as it only started in the middle of 2006. India is important to the press as it is one of the fastest growing markets.
The entire Mumbai team along with managers from all over India were present at the Open House and the reception.
The press, both newspapers and TV, were present in unprecedented strength. There was some excellent news coverage the following day. The excellent Pune team has ensured the best ever news coverage we have had for a branch opening.