|Pragati Group is one of Indiaís oldest sources of authoritative academic content with more than 4000 titles published till date. It is the most trusted contributor of syllabus-oriented content customized for several schools, colleges and universities in India. As such, it has a long history of intelligent management policies and relentless on-ground efforts.
In 1974, Mr. Dinesh Furia established a retail bookshop in Pune, a city in India. Then in 1976, catching the nerve of the student and academic community, he ventured into the publishing and distribution of notes written by professors and other academicians under the name of Pragati Prakashan, helping them on the marketing front. The response that these professionally printed and cyclostyled notes received, eventually led to the formation of Nirali Prakashan in 1980. With this, Pragati Groupís basic idea of becoming a full-range publisher began to take shape. Since then Nirali Prakashan has grown as a respected reference for students and researchers of Engineering, IT, Business and Pharmacy.
Taking into account the need to add to the existing subject variety, the Group took over Shubhada Saraswat Publication (1995), a small scale publisher of literature, general reading books, dictionaries and other reference material. In the same year, the Group entered into a joint venture with Technical Publications, a specialist scientific content publisher, wherein it took over the entire responsibility of distribution of their academic material through an already strong network of dealers and fully-owned bookshops.
In 1996, Pragati Prakashan was renamed as Pragati Books Pvt. Ltd. and made responsible for the entire book distribution function of Nirali Prakashan, Technical Publications as well as its own publications. Meanwhile, as the business was evolving, Pragati Group strengthened its control over the printing and production operations by entering into strategic partnerships with well-equipped and highly efficient printing presses.
To leverage their expertise in education, the Pragati Group diversified with Pragati InfoTech (2000), our software division that specializes in customized software applications and Computer Based Training. Another subsidiary called Pragati Constructions (2002) has been into the commercial construction business through partnerships with famous construction companies.
The most recent component of Pragati Group is Pragati ImpEx, a global distribution arm that will handle the overseas circulation and other import and export legalities. In order to reach closer to the global market, the Group has also launched a website www.pragationline.com that displays a comprehensive list of various other allied educational resources and services beside the comprehensive catalogue of all its publications.
Starting from humble beginnings, today Pragati Group caters to the academic needs of millions of learners in India and abroad.
Nirali Prakashan specializes in quality text books from Std II to Postgraduate levels. These books are written as per the syllabus of Pune, Mumbai, Shivaji, Goa, North Maharashatra & Marathwada Universities, by eminent and experienced authors in their subjects. Besides textbooks, these books are also used as reference books by academicians and researchers, because of the quality of contents. Most of the books are also prescribed as basic texts by several universities and thus, are widely used by the student community. The subjects covered are Management, Engineering, Pharmacy and Computer Science, Arts and Commerce, to name a few.
Apart from publishing, Nirali has developed a wide network of dealers & distributors to make their books readily available to a large section of student community, all over India.
With its success in publishing, in a little over 25 years, Nirali has now been able to extend its activities abroad.
In Puneís busy Appa Balwant Chowk stands a bookshop that sowed the seeds of what is today a $5 million conglomerate. Pragati Group.
It was in the year 1974 that Mr. Dinesh Furia, Founder, Pragati Group set up a bookshop to fulfill his dream of serving the academic community. The mission was to provide students with a vast and varied range of educational/ reference material under one roof. The strategic choice of location, the vast range of books and stationery and friendly customer service, soon transformed into one of the most visited and renowned bookshops in Pune.
This small bookstore was where Pragati Prakashan (the first publishing venture of the Group) was established and nourished. So was Nirali Prakashan, a specialist textbook publisher that caters to school, college and postgraduate level students in various streams.
Apart from being a surefire source of textbooks and reference materials from the publishing subsidiaries of the Group, Pragati Book Center also distributes titles and products published by other publishers. This is in line with its mission to provide indiscriminate service to students. A single-minded approach that has resulted in Pragati Book Center being recognized as a full-range academic supplier in its own right. In addition to the sales aspect, it is also a potent tool for the Groupís continuous market research and has been an important constituent of the Groupís successful publication strategies till date.
Pragati Book Center is presently a chain of 5 fully owned bookstores in Pune and Mumbai. In addition to this, Pragati Book Center has developed over the years an intricate network of book distributors throughout India. This has helped Pragati Books Pvt. Ltd. (formerly Pragati Prakashan) and Nirali Prakashan. to reach beyond the metro borders into fast developing academic markets. Thanks to the round-the-year buyers/friendly promotional activities, Pragati Book Center attracts learners from all fields across all ages.