The State bids adieu to classic typewriters


Nostalgia hits you when something classic becomes outdated and isn’t observed in day to day practice. Such nostalgia will hit you soon when typewriters will be something from the archives. Soon, you won’t really see typists outside courts and municipal buildings as the state is ready to go digital and bid adieu to typewriters.

The state council of examinations is holding the last examination of manual typewriting on Saturday, setting aside the objection from the typewriting training centers that still lure aspirants across the state.

As reported in ‘The Free Press Journal’, Prabhakar Dambal, the president of Bombay Commerce Educational Institute Association, said the decision would hit over 3,500 private typewriter training institutes in the state. “We are not averse to advancement, but we want this issue to be addressed in a humane manner. This decision would definitely cost heavily around 3,500 typing institutes and 10,000 instructors across the state who are dependent on it,” he said.

Typewriting has been an integral part of personal and professional life of lakhs of people in the state and phasing it in a haste would have an adverse impact on them,” said Ashok Abhyankar, who runs a shorthand and typewriting institute in the city. 

Setting aside the objections of the typewriter trainers, they termed the decision to phase out typewriters as “progressive” and said it is in-line with ‘Digital India’.

Typewriting machines are getting outdated. Now we are advancing in the digital world and therefore, computer-trained individuals and professionals to adopt the e-governance model in the demand in present times,” he added.

The sound of keys clacking and steel punching will definitely be missed.

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