The Supply Chain Summit 2015 – A Success Story

SKEIN, the Supply Chain and Operations Club of IIM Udaipur in collaboration with State Bank of India successfully conducted The Supply Chain Summit’15, second edition of the annual Supply Chain Symposium on 14th February, 2015. The clubs and committees of IIMU give ample opportunities to its students to master the tapestry of learning and holistic development while getting hands on experience in organizing events. SKIEN’s constant endeavor remains imparting the students of IIMU the latest knowledge from the World of Supply Chain. It is an initiative to bring together Supply Chain enthusiasts from academia, the local community and industry alike and provide a platform where global leaders can share their opinions and views on supply chain through engagement in panel discussions and thus provide valuable insights to the students.

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The event flagged off with an opening speech from Prof. Janat Shah Director, IIMU who presented his vision for the institute with strong emphasis on research, analysis and entrepreneurship. The umbrella theme for this Supply Chain Summit 2015 was “From Apple to Apple – Supply Chain Transformation”, aptly developed around the global Supply Chain evolving activities and the prominent opportunities in the sector in future. The theme throws light on the transformation that took place from selling of apples in grocery stores to developing and implementing innovative supply chain technologies in companies such as Apple Inc.

The run-up to the event saw numerous online and on-campus competitions being held, with teams from the best B-schools across the country joining the event for battling their knowledge out in the arena in front of the judges.

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The event saw two important panel discussions between eminent corporate leaders. The first panel discussion with the sub-theme, “Make in India: How Supply Chain can help achieve the Dream” had panelists Mr. Ajay Jhalani – Head Supply Chain (CHEP India Pvt. Ltd.) , Mr. Chandramohan Gupta – Director Supply Chain (Coca Cola – India and SW Asia),  Mr. Shyamal Chatterjee – Head India Operations (Tupperware) , and Mr. Vinal Kabra -Global Supply Manager (Apple Inc., California). The vast experience these professionals had helped in an engaging and enriching discussion with various strata of Supply Chain management touched upon like Sustainability of Make in India, Importance of Analytics in the field of Supply Chain, protecting the margins in businesses, amalgamation of frontend and backend processes, and problems pertaining to warehousing and storage of food in India. The panel mentioned that roughly 12-14% of India’s GDP goes into logistics and similarly 80% of the price of the product also comprises of supply chain. They also threw light on the importance of new managers coming into the industry and the expectation from them. The speakers discussed about plethora of issues ranging from integration with suppliers, Squeezing of working capital & its profitability, Accurate Demand aggregation, and enhancement in Cold Chain infrastructure.

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The second panel discussion revolved around the sub-theme, “E-Commerce in India: Competitive Advantage through Innovations in Supply Chain” with the panelists Mr. Hrishikesh Pore – Head Grocery Online (My247Market.com – A TATA Enterprise) , Mr. Navneet Rai – Co-founder (Tolexo) and Mr. Jayant Mahto – VP Operations (Firstcry.com). The panel discussed about how e-commerce has brought the once backend process of a business i.e supply chain to front end. They discussed the dilemma of maintaining a site that offers products both perishable and nonperishable products.  The panel discussion was mainly interaction driven with students asking questions specifically related to e-commerce industry as well as companies that the panelists are representing. The panelists also discussed the benefits of e-commerce as compared to the traditional method of shopping offline.

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The event ended with a felicitation of the speakers and a vote of thanks. The Supply Chain Summit’15 was a resounding success with speakers and participants alike, appreciating the seamless organization of the entire event and the insights they gained through the discussions.

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The Leadership Summit 2014 organized at IIM Udaipur concludes on a successful note!

Indian Institute Management Udaipur hosted the third edition of its annual flagship event, The Leadership Summit 2014 on 23rd August, 2014 at the Durbar Hall, City Palace, Udaipur.

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The Leadership Summit is a student-driven initiative which is organized by the Media and Industry Cell (MiiC) of IIMU. The event serves as a platform for corporate leaders to share their opinions and views on select themes through diverse engaging panel discussions. The panelists comprise of distinguished leaders from industries and academia. The objective of the summit is to get unique insights from the leaders and get to understand the direction in which the economies, corporate policy making and businesses are heading viz-a-viz globalization and competition. The first two editions of The Leadership Summit have been immensely successful. The umbrella theme for the Leadership Summit 2014 was “RETHINK: A paradigm shift in the Leadership Trends of India“.

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The event began with a Welcome Address by Prof. Janat ShahDirector, IIM Udaipur. Prof. Shah laid emphasis on the initiatives on which the institute has a strong focus such as Immersion, Research, Analytics, Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility.

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Dr. V RaghunathanCEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation & Ex-President, ING Vysya Bank served as the Chief Guest in the event. Mr. Puneet DalmiaMD, Dalmia Group of Industries was the Keynote Speaker. Both the leaders laid emphasis on the need of a social purpose behind every leadership initiative.

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The event had three student moderated panel discussions. First Panel’s theme was “Rethink Approach: How to think, act and lead in this era of Globalization?” with participating speakers, Mr. Balaji R. Narayanswamy General Manager, Mindtree, Mr. Sukanti Ghosh Member of Global Management Committee, APCO Worldwide and Mr. Vishal Mathur VP Sales, Eicher Motors. The panelists discussed the key challenges faced in Globalization, skills and opportunities present in going Global.

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Second Panel’s topic of discussion was “Rethink Boundaries: Can we learn Leadership from boundaries beyond corporate world?” with participants Mr. Ramkumar Executive Director, ICICI Bank Limited, Mr. Praveen Mathur Major General (Retd.) & Advisor, Director General Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum, Mr. M P Vasimalai IIMA Alumnus & Founder, DHAN Foundation and Mr. Kalyan S. Bose Senior Volunteer, SPIC MACAY. The panelists discussed the various facets of leadership development citing examples from multiple avenues.

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Third Panel saw discussions on the theme “Rethink Convention: Women in Leadership Roles – Changing the rules of the game!” with panelists Ms. Arnabi Marjit GM-HR, Lupin Pharma, Ms. Namrata Gill VP, Organizational Development and Talent Management, Mahindra and Mahindra and Ms. Neelima Khetan GM, Sustainability and CSR, Coca-Cola India. The speakers discussed in detail about the challenges faced by women in the corporate world, the possible solutions and the changing landscape in the business world.

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The event also saw a special segment on Big Ideas Session delivered by Mr. Sanjay PanigrahiCEO, Sahaj e Village Ltd. who spoke largely on the Rural India and the potential of management principles application in the sector.

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The event received a very good response and concluded with felicitation of the speakers and vote of thanks. The event is a student driven initiative of IIMU which aims to bring the business community of Udaipur, global leaders, faculty and students of IIMU on a common platform where they can exchange knowledge and insights and work towards establishing possible future sustainable partnerships.

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Vedanta Group served as the Title Sponsor of the event while Wonder Cement helped as the Associate Sponsor of the event. Along with them, many other organizations came forward to extend their help in organizing this event. The other sponsors of the event were:

Media Partner: Rajasthan Patrika

Co-Sponsor: Eve’s Corporate Channels India Private Limited

Organizational Partner: UCCI

Printing Partner: Lucky Offset Printers

Magazine Partner: City Angle Lifestyle Magazine

Supporting Sponsors: Aravali Minerals & Chemical Industries Private Limited and Shree Rajasthan Syntex Limited

Mall Partner: Lake City Mall

IIM Udaipur successfully hosted the second edition of its annual HR Conclave – Spandan 2014!

Indian Institute of ManagementUdaipur successfully hosted the second edition of its annual HR Conclave – Spandan 2014 on 3rd August2014 at Hotel Radisson Blu, Udaipur.

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Carrying forward the legacy from the last year’s inception of Spandan, this year’s conclave was conceptualized around the central umbrella theme, “Rethink: Changing HR practices with Changing Times”. The event began with an opening address by Prof. Janat ShahDirector, IIM Udaipur. He spoke on the importance of collaboration of academia and industry on a common platform like Spandan for discussions critical for the reinvention of the HR Industry. Prof. Shah also laid stress on the IIMU’s strong focus on Research, Analytics, Immersion in the three forms of Rural, Corporate & Global Immersion and Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship in his speech. He also threw light on the student driven initiatives through different clubs and committees at IIMU citing the example of Spandan been organized entirely by dHRuvaThe HR Club of IIM Udaipur.

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Prof. Sunil MaheshwariAdjunct Faculty, IIM Ahmedabad and Ex-Advisor to the HRD Ministry, Govt. of India, served as the Keynote Speaker in the conclave. Prof. Maheshwari brought in his research statistics in his speech which showcased the changing trends in HR and the challenges posed to it in the current scenario. His mathematical study was based on a survey on leadership traits collected from a sample of MDP candidates who occupy top leadership positions in India and the persistent need-gap analysis in their skills. He concluded his speech with mentioning the importance of investment in faculty development and pedagogy modification with time in management schools.

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The event then proceeded with panel discussions on the three sub-themes for the summit:

  • Rethinking ConventionImplications & consequences of socialmobile and digital media on HR practices
  • Rethink ApproachAre the present leadership programmes creating ‘leaders’ or ‘followers’?
  • Rethinking StructuresPyramid organizational structures to job sharing and part-time/flexi-roles: Implications & Consequences

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The participating corporate leaders in the discussions were Mr. Aashish Singh VP Head HR, Sutherland Global, Ms. Padma Rajeswari Tata Senior Dr. & Head, Dr. Reddy’s, Mr. Sugato Palit Exec. Dir HR & Admin, Experion, Mr. Vinod Rai Head Corp. HR, Maruti Suzuki, Mr. Ashwani Prashara Head HR & IR, RIL, Mr. Prabhu Aggarwal Chief Learning Officer, Jindal Steel, Mr. G. Ravishankar President HR & Strategy, CRISIL, Mr. Debaprata Mahapatra Head HR Elec. & Auto IC, L&T, Ms. Sangeeta Malkhede Assoc. VP HR, CSS Corp, Mrs. Sangeeta Singh Partner, Sanguine Consultants and Mr. Vinod Behari Exec. Dir. HR, RECL.

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The key things highlighted in the discussions were usage of social media in employee engagement & networking, technology, communication, feedback and references. Traits of a leader, differentiation between a leader and a follower, main hindrances in current leadership development and initiatives and strategies in different industries taken for leadership development, were also focused in the discussions. Organizations strive towards adopting best HR practices and to align HR strategies with the organizational strategies to succeed in the long run. Hence, the emerging practices like pyramid organizational structures and change management were also brought in the discussions by the panelists.

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The interactions were enhanced by the questions put up by the students and faculties in the audience during the panel discussions. The event was very well received by the IIMU community. Kathan 2014, the second edition of the annual HR Magazine of dHRuva – The HR Club of IIM Udaipur was also released marking the success of the event. IRIS – The Photography Club of IIM Udaipur helped in covering the event by capturing pictures and videos. The event concluded with the felicitation of the eminent speakers of the event and a vote of thanks.

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IIM Udaipur aims to set new benchmarks in the field of management education and research and events like this come under the channel of initiatives aiming to create a platform for discussing subjects and issues that are most relevant to the current times and future trends.

The underlying purpose of the event is to bridge the gap between the industry and academics providing students with an opportunity to understand the dynamics of HR domain and to enrich the knowledge and perception of HR practices from the interactions with the experienced corporate leaders.

IIM Udaipur presents the second edition of its annual HR Conclave – Spandan’14 – One day to go!

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Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur presents the second edition of its annual HR ConclaveSpandan 2014 to be hosted on 3rd August, 2014 at Hotel Radisson Blu, Udaipur.

IIM Udaipur aims to set new benchmarks in the field of management education and research and events like this come under the channel of initiatives aiming to create a platform for discussing subjects and issues that are most relevant to the current times and future trends. Carrying forward the legacy from the last year’s inception of Spandan, this year’s edition is conceptualized around the central theme of “Rethink: Changing HR practices with Changing Times”. The conclave will see the participation of learned practitioners on the likes of Mr. Rajeev Bhadauria, Director Group HR, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd and Mr. Vinod Rai, Head Corporate HR, Maruti Suzuki from the field of Human Resource Management who will share their insights and knowledge with the student managers of IIMU.

A drive towards adopting best HR Practices remains the top level strategic challenge for business organization in today’s complex corporate environments. With the aim to explore the transformation in HR practices to cater to the new business priorities of modern times, the umbrella theme will be explored by the esteemed speakers in panel discussions on three sub-themes:

  • Rethinking Convention: Implications & consequences of social, mobile and digital media on HR practices
  • Rethink Approach: Are the present leadership programmes creating ‘leaders’ or ‘followers’?
  • Rethinking Structures: Pyramid organizational structures to job sharing and part-time/flexi-roles: Implications & Consequences

Spandan’s inaugural edition, held on 20th October 2013 at The Sheraton, Udaipur focused on the theme “Transforming HR for new business practices” with distinguished participants like Dr. T. V. Rao popularly known as the Father of Indian HR, Mr. Bomi ManekshawPresident HR, Cadilla, Mr. Rajandra AmbekarGlobal HR Head, Wipro, Mr. Ganesh RamakrishnanSenior Director HR, Oracle Financial Services among others participating in the summit.

The underlying purpose of the event is to bridge the gap between the industry and academics providing students with an opportunity to understand the dynamics of HR domain and to enrich the knowledge and perception of HR practices from the interactions with the experienced corporate leaders.