In the 1970s, when Shri Tara Chand Ji Chopra, already a name to reckon with in Delhi’s book circles, decided to launch his own publishing house, he naturally chose the name of his little grandson for the ambitious venture and that is how Neeraj Publications was born and how Neeraj Chopra who is heading it at present, is literally involved in the affairs of publishing right from his birth!
Tara Chand Ji put Neeraj Publications on stream in 1982. The first book published by him was “Local Government”. The second title was “Applied Sociology”. Both were for students of Osmania University, Hyderabad and they were an immediate success. There followed a series of books, mostly that aimed at helping students in easily understanding the subjects and passing the exams with good marks.
Sh. Chander Chopra
From the very moment of inception itself, Tara Chand Ji was ably helped in his publishing endeavors by his son Shri Chander Chopra who was then a young businessman in his mid-twenties. The farsightedness and visionary outlook of Chander Ji soon saw Neeraj Publications soaring to new heights of success in the publishing world. Under his dynamic business acumen a nationwide network of dealers was set up. Chander Chopra Ji published hundred of new titles during the 90s to cater to the requirements of students of a wide range of courses for various universities and boards.
In the eventful decades under the leadership of Shri Chander Chopra, Neeraj Publications became a household name throughout the country. Its books helped thousands of students appearing for various courses of Osmania University, secondary & senior secondary exams of the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) formally known as “National Open School” all over the nation.
In 1998 Shri Chander Ji Chopra entrusted the management of Neeraj Publications to his youthful son Neeraj Chopra. Having set his eyes on transforming the publishing house into a world class venture, Neeraj Chopra’s first decisive action was to start publishing books for the courses of then upcoming Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). After decade right now, the name of Neeraj Publications has become synonymous with books for IGNOU and NIOS students. In the last decade the company has expanded its wings and explored many new avenues of publishing as a leading educational publisher.
The thrust areas chosen by Neeraj Chopra have been reference books for various courses of distance education universities including the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), The Courses were like B.C.A., M.C.A., M.B.A., B.A., B.Com., B.Sc., M.A., M.Com. and so on. Other segments are “Children Books” (from Nursery to 5th Class) and “Dictionaries” under the New Brand Name / Trade Mark “MAX-FORD”. Ever since Neeraj Chopra took over its reins the company has grown up by leaps and bounds. Today, there is at least one dealer of Neeraj books in every major town of India. Neeraj books have become identified with aspirations of IGNOU students all over the country. The dominating position of Neeraj books, of course, countinues among the students of the National Open School all over the country & the Children Books & Dictionaries Launched Just 3 to 4 years ago have Captured a Sufficient share of the Market.
Today Neeraj Publications has also become a prominent name in developing Customized study materials for several Universities /
Institutions In the Self Learning Material (SLM) format. Some of the famous universities to whom these SLMs have been provided are Bharati VidyaPeeth - Pune, Lovely Professional University - Punjab, I.A.S.E. - Rajasthan, Jagannath University (JIMS), Vinayaka Mission University – Tamil Nadu, Bhagwant University – Ajmer , Jodhpur National University – Jodhpur, JJT University - Jhunjunu and others. Also on the anvil is a new series of quick-help books for students of the “Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) - Delhi.
Neeraj Publications also provides the facility of publishing its existing titles under the Cover page of an University / Institute with details of the University / Institute Printed on it. Some noted institutes with whom there is a tie-up for this are “Baba Saheb Ambedkar Institute – Delhi”, Algol School of Business , Asia Pacific Management Institute, Shivani College of I.T. & Management – Hyderabad, Bharat Development Institute, College of Computer Science & Technology (CCST), Super Computers – Anantnag (J & K), Com-Ed Computers, Ashram Infotech, Excel Net Computers, Jayam College – Hyderabad, SEWA (Social & Economical Welfare Association) and soon.
Keeping in pace with developments in global communication technology, the company has created its own website on the Internet www.neerajbooks.com, which receives hundreds of hits every day. The company now also accepts orders through e-mails & online order form on the Website.
At this moment, while the world is on the threshold of second decade of the 21st century, Neeraj Publications is also poised to break new grounds in helping students realize their career dreams through its diverse efforts.
Other pursuits of Neeraj Publications
Special Website as Students’ Helpline
One of the most innovative and unique ventures of Neeraj Publications is its newly created helpline for the students who want to pursue studies at IGNOU. The helpline is in the form of an independent informative Website at http://www.ignouhelpline.com. This website developed by Neeraj Publications provides various kind of Information & Assistance to the students of IGNOU & also to the Students who want to get themselves enrolled in any of the IGNOU Courses.
All the Information & Assistance provided through this website are absolutely Free of Cost to helpout the Students through this website regarding the Answers to the Questions of the Students regarding information Related to IGNOU.
Educational Newspaper – “ Study Times ”
For last 14 years, Neeraj Publications is also bringing out a lively Newspaper which carries educational news from various universities and institutions, Courses, Govt. Policies , Latest Development in Educational Field , advice on career, thought providing features, etc.
Study times has captured the imagination of students in a big way. It is circulated free to the students, libraries, educational departments, schools and colleges, Institutes, Universities & Educational Societies throughout the country as a goodwill gesture.
TCMES: Tara Chand Memorial Educational Society (Registered)
TCMES is an educational society set up specially to extend every kind of assistance to students and their parents in realizing their cherished aspirations. The helping hand of the Society covers following activities:
ØHelping Financially to Needy Students
ØTaking up with authorities Educational complaints of students.
About the Chairman of Neeraj Publications
Neeraj Chopra who heads Neeraj Publications is also actively associated with several social organizations & Business Associations.
üHe is the General Secretary of the Booksellers and Publishers Association, and is always eager to work for the promotion of the Book Trade & how he could help the people carrying out Publication Business.
üHe is also the secretary of Nai Sarak Vyapar Sangh, one of the largest trade associations in the Old Delhi Region. Mr. Chopra is involved in Several Activities Dealing with the Problems of Business Community in the Area related to Delhi Govt., MCD, Electricity, Tax, Registration, Licensing etc.
üApart from these Neeraj Chopra heads the Alumini association of Mata Jai Kaur Public School having over 600 Members. The Alumini is extremely active in educational and welfare activities for students studying in the prestigious school.
üNeeraj Chopra is also the Member of “ The Federation of Educational Publishers In India ”
üHe is regularly funding the N.G.O.’s who are supporting & helping the student who want to get education but do not have resources for the same.