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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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.

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur celebrates its third anniversary!

It was 27th July 2011 when Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur joined the league of the premier business schools across the country. The foundation laid by its Director – Prof. Janat Shah remains firm as the institute completes its 3 years full of enthusiasm, aspiration and accomplishments. It is an important milestone in the institute’s journey of becoming a unique establishment in all the facets of management education.

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The auspicious occasion of IIMU’s third anniversary was graced by the presence of the institute’s Director and was celebrated jointly by the students, faculties and staff members. The biggest asset of the institute, its students, organized a cake cutting ceremony in all high spirits and greeted everyone on the anniversary. The pride was visible among all the members of the IIM Udaipur Community as they described the event as – “three years of togetherness, three years of sharing & caring, three years of happiness, three years of trust and three years of transformation “ .

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The event progressed with a motivational address from Prof. Janat Shah, who congratulated the complete IIMU Community comprising students, faculty and alumni for being an integral part of the journey. His reminiscence of the institute’s achievements from the past 3 years elevated the students’ beliefs. IRIS – The Photography Club of IIM Udaipur enthusiastically helped in covering the ceremony.

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IIM Udaipur strives to become a globally accepted academic institution. The ideology prospers as the students and faculty members dedicate themselves to develop socially responsible and confident business leaders. A constant motivation and support of pursuing a path less travelled of entrepreneurship imbibed with a sense of social and economic value creation encourages students to grow multi-dimensionally. The all-inclusive growth value driven in the institute’s initiatives can be measured by the triumph of the recently concluded event, Inclusive India Forum 2014, which was graced by the presence of eminent corporate and social personalities across the nation. Progressing forward, the institute has lined up events such as Spandan 2014 – Second edition of its Annual HR Conclave and the institute’s flagship event The Leadership Summit 2014.

With three years of education, excellence, innovation, transformation and uniqueness, IIMU promises to grow abound with its leadership, values and uniqueness quotient and is on a fabulous journey towards becoming one of the top B-Schools of the world.

Ten commitments of IIMU!

1. Commitment to Sustainability: Did you know that the infrastructure and activities at IIMU boast of total commitment to a green campus? Exemplified by the DirectorProf. Janat Shah himself, who was the first person to use a bicycle in the campus when it was founded. Today, more than 60% people on the campus including the students, faculty and staff follow that lead.

2. Commitment to Diversity: Did you know that if you want to have a debate in IIMU hostels in your favourite language then you will find a person at least 10 rooms away? The cultural diversity at the campus will amazingly enhance your people skills. And yes, you can always end up in a debate in more than 5 different languages.

3. Commitment to Rural Exposure: Did you know that 100% of the batch gets exposure to Rural India by the carefully designed Rural Immersion Programme? This will help you to be more sensitized and develop as socially conscious managers who can work in future towards collective and inclusive growth of the society.

4. Commitment to Global Exposure: Did you know that 60% of the students in the batch get their visas stamped at least once during their stay at IIM Udaipur? This reflects IIMU’s commitment to make global managers of tomorrow ready to work in diverse conditions and situations, leading global teams and implementing their learnings in the real business world.

5. Commitment to Best Faculty: Did you know that in addition to 22 permanent faculties, prominent faculties from the top B-Schools of India like IIMA, IIMB, IIMC etc. visit to bolster the academic wealth of IIMU? This ensures personalized attention to the students resulting in their better learning, grooming and hence forth, transformation.

6. Commitment to Transformation: Did you know that with specially designed programmes which aim to inculcate values like integrity, honesty, respect, ownership, trust and excellence, you will transform into a better person and manager at the end of two years? With collaborative and focused programmes with agencies like Hay Group, you will develop emotional intelligence and see yourselves developing into leaders more confident of your capabilities and decision making judgment.

7. Commitment to Awareness of Cultural Roots: Did you know that at IIMU you will be celebrating festivals and participating in cultural activities you did not even know about?

8. Commitment to Team Work: Did you know that at IIMU you will be doing so many assignments, live projects and club activities in groups that you will emerge as a leader in team working skills?

9. Commitment to Entrepreneurship: Did you know that IIMU takes a plethora of initiatives to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship? You will get a lot of opportunities under the ambit of entrepreneurship which will help you to pursue your career goal of starting your own business.

10. Commitment to Sleepless Nights: Did you know that apart from the load of assignments and projects of a usual B-School, a lot of other things at IIMU like TT matches, clubs/committees activities and B-School competitions will keep you awake till wee hours every day and you will be going to enjoy it?

Things which differentiate IIM Udaipur – Faculty!

Great educational institutions have faculties and academics as their biggest assets. The most important element which plays a critical role in IIM Udaipur’s objective of imparting quality education is the faculty team at the institute. The selection process of faculty at IIMU is designed to consistently attract the best of the teaching and research talents from the PhD programmes of India and abroad. While putting together the faculty team, the practitioners and academicians are tested for excellent potential in their respective domains. Prominent faculties from the top B-Schools of India like IIMA, IIMB, IIMC etc. also visit to bolster the academic wealth of IIMU.

IIM Udaipur has over 22 permanent and over 30 visiting core faculties contributing to a faculty to student ratio of 1:5.5. This ensures personalized attention to the students resulting in their better learning, grooming and hence forth, transformation. The number of research and working papers published in the journals across the globe within just three years on inception reflect that some of the best management research work is carried out in the IIMU campus.

The faculty incorporates best pedagogical means and practices comparable to those followed in the best B-Schools of world in the development of students. The craft of teaching and the methodologies of deliveries are complemented by the well-equipped infrastructure of the institute and technologies like research tools, digital library platforms, latest journals and Bloomberg Financial analysis & research lab.

The current faculty force includes professors, researchers and consultants with significant experiences in the field of teaching. Senior industry professionals also join the permanent faculty for lecturing the students about their business acumen. Intellectual entrepreneurs who have created enterprises executing business strategies blending with ideas also contribute in the learning process of students in sync with another pillar of the institute, entrepreneurship. The academic curriculum of the institute is overseen by Prof. Jahar Saha, Former DirectorIIM Ahmedabad. The visiting faculty of IIMU has prominent names on the likes of Prof. Jagdeep S. Chokkar, Former DeanIIM Ahmedabad and Co-Founder of Association of Democratic Rights Foundation (ADR) which recently bagged the IBN and NDTV Indian of the Year Awards. Other pioneers in their own rights of different management domains like Prof. Ramesh Bhat (IIMA), Prof. L. S. Murthy (IIMB), Prof. Sunil Unny Guptan (IIMA) and Prof. Janat Shah, DirectorIIMU join the list of faculties teaching at the institute.

Each faculty of the institute is aligned to the goals, vision and values of the institute and dedicatedly prepares the students for responsible positions they would take up in various management roles. All faculty members are always approachable and their guidance and support is available to students and alumni even outside the classrooms for tutorials, live projects, internships, placements preparation, job guidance and clubs & committees events. IIMU possesses the potential of best teaching minds and has a long term aim to become the hub of management research in the country.

Things which differentiate IIM Udaipur – Emotional Intelligence!

The emotional brain responds to an event more quickly than the thinking brain – Daniel Goleman

Working in the complex business environments requires managers to take up decisions in which they are expected to consider not only the business implications but also the people affected by the decision and the process warrants the awareness of emotional intelligence.

IIM Udaipur follows the pedagogy of grooming student managers with emotional intelligence along with excellent business acumen. The long term envisioning is to ingrain emotional intelligence in the activities in such a manner that the students uphold the values which represent the institute’s foundation. Over a longer period of time, students see themselves developing as leaders more confident of their capabilities and decision making judgment so that they land up better equipped with emotional intelligence in the corporate world.

The academic courses like Organizational Behaviour and Business Ethics are specifically designed and modified, and their delivery methods customized to nurture emotional intelligence of students and the expectations from them in dealing with people as teams and resources in organizations. Furthermore, courses like Inspired Learning through Personal Mastery and Advanced Leadership Course taught by professors with decades of experience in Leadership Development strive to teach students learning by observation and self-reflection. Exemplary leaders from the senior management of various organizations are also invited to the campus whose leadership styles inspire students to critically analyze, comprehend and enhance the decision making skills of their own selves.

IIMU is the only IIM in the country with a prominent collaboration with the global management consulting firm pioneer in leadership development, Hay Group. Hay Group’s programmes are inculcated in the curriculum through which all the students are mentored over a period of two years to work on the transformation of their initial emotional quotient with exercises like periodic self-surveys and peer reviews to imbibe a better and mature emotional intelligence in personal and professional self-development.

Things which differentiate IIM Udaipur – Rural Immersion!

Immersion lies at the heart of pedagogy of teaching and delivery at IIM Udaipur. The idea behind immersion is to get students dive into real life environment and explore the learning perspectives themselves. A special feature of the first year of the PGP Programme is the course on Indian Social and Political Environment which attempts to provide insights to students about the inherent social and political issues in a developing country like India. The course strives to make students think on their feet about the role which managers need to play in the 21st century and how out of the box solutions can be derived by lessons of management education for the social problems prevalent in economies.

Rural Immersion Programme is a part of the course wherein the students have to visit the tribal villages of Southern Rajasthan in their respective study groups and stay there for a week. The motive of the programme is to provide the students insights about the nature of the challenges in the rural life of India and the efficacy of existing efforts to address them. Students collaborate with NGOs functioning in the areas from a significant period of time. During the course of the programme, students interact with inhabitants of the villages and the local administration, fill in surveys and try to understand the social life and Human Development Indices in these areas. The outcomes which the students are expected to deliver are recommendations of better solutions for realization of optimal health, education and livelihood drives.

The learning is complemented by a change in outlook towards government initiatives like NREGA with better understanding and appreciation for the bureaucratic services functions and the difficulties in design and implementation of development programmes at the grass-root level. The solutions and means of employment generated in the villages also teach about the perspectives of consumers and producers from the bottom of the pyramid. The untapped potential of the Rural Market can be well utilized by the socio-entrepreneurial ventures in which a lot of big and reputed organizations are faring into.

The programme becomes a life changing experience for the students with takeaways of socio-economic problems still prevalent in the society like illiteracy, poor healthcare infrastructure, malnutrition, unemployment, dowry, child marriages, corruption, nepotism et al. The awareness comes from living with the hamlets of families in the villages about the aspects of life like natural environment, mutual sharing of resources, agents of change serving selflessly in NGOs, compassion and power of communication.

The long term vision behind the transformational initiative is to sensitize the students and develop socially conscious managers who can work in future towards collective and inclusive growth of the society.

Summer Program for Future Leaders in Development application deadline extended till 7th February, 2014. Hurry up to grab the unique opportunity!

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Details and application procedure are available at: http://www.iimu.ac.in/programs/summer-school.html

Interested people are requested to direct all the queries to cdmadmissions@iimu.ac.in

IIM Udaipur Supply Chain Excursus

Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur successfully conducted the IIM Udaipur Supply Chain Excursus on 18th January, 2014, the third in the Excursus series in a span of two months. The aim of the event was to create a platform for the industry leaders in Supply Chain to share their rich experiences and expertise through engaging dialogues, to showcase IIMU and its students to the outside world and provide a unique learning opportunity to the students through interactions with the industry stalwarts.

The theme of this event was ‘Supply Chain 2020’.  The event was flagged off by Prof. Janat Shah, DirectorIIM Udaipur, an Operations liturgist himself, where he highlighted that despite being one of the youngest IIMs, IIMU is leveraging the opportunity to establish itself as a completely different institute, focusing more on industry interactions, live projects and research.

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The first panel, represented by the Senior Supply Chain Management team from the corporate world with Mr. Siva PeriasamyHead of Procurement, Wipro, Mr. Kalyana Krishnan Head of Supply Chain, Ranbaxy and Mr. Arun Kumar GhoshHead of Supply Chain, Microsoft India, discussed on the topic ‘Collaboration in future Supply Chains’. The discussion was very enriching, where the esteemed panelists mentioned that team-work is an extremely crucial element in ensuring the success of Supply Chains. The areas touched upon were sourcing, collaborative planning cum forecasting and logistics services. Mr. Siva Periasamy emphasized that mutual trust forms the backbone of collaboration and companies should increasingly focus on collaboration to manage their complex Supply Chains.

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Poster Competition conducted by SKEIN The Operations Club of IIMU, during the event witnessed students battling it out in the final round by giving a 2-minute elevator pitch on various burning issues in today’s Supply Chain – containerization, impact of social media, use of hi-tech weather forecasting technologies etc.

The second panel discussion on ‘Supply Chain Innovations and their impact’ was represented by the Supply Chain Heads consisting of Mr. Moti GyamlaniChief Supply Chain Officer & Board MemberBharti Airtel, Mr. Ankur BhandariPartnerErnst & Young and an esteemed guest from a leading pharmaceutical company. All the honored panelists stressed on the need to build the culture of innovation in organizations. Mr. Moti Gyamlani mentioned how innovations in the service industry have transformed the business models and made it increasingly customer-centric.

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The day concluded with the declaration of the Poster Competition results followed by a vote of thanks. The Excursus event proved to be a great learning experience for the entire IIMU student community from the discussions about the future of Supply Chain with the experts from leading corporations and how tomorrows Supply Chain leaders need to think differently in order to cater to increasing customer needs.