What the Delhi University Press can learn from Asia’s best academic presses

The Delhi University Press, modelled after academic presses at Oxford and Cambridge, was established in 1961. But since it’s inception, the DUP is nothing more than a printing shop, churning out answer sheets and envelopes. Not a single academic work of note or even a course book has been published by the press for many years.

In contrast, universities in Asia such as the National University of Singapore and Hong Kong University have printing presses whose sole objective is to support the university’s academic goals.

Hindustan Times spoke to Peter Schoppert, managing director of National University of Singapore (NUS) Press and Malcolm Litchfield, publisher and director of the Hong Kong University Press, to gain some insight into how their university presses work.

Peter Schoppert, managing director, National University of Singapore Press

We publish around 30 books a year, plus three journals. We will launch a new journal early next year on Southeast Asian contemporary and modern art. Our biggest markets for book sales are Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States, in that order. Read more