Neev: Annual Symposium on Operations Excellence

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Neev- the annual symposium on Operations Excellence was hosted by IIM Kashipur on 29th November, 2014 in partnership with State Bank of India. This year the theme was “Lean to Win”. The chief sponsors being India Glycols Limited and Punjab National Bank. The bigwigs of the industry graced the campus with their presence so as to share their experiences on the application of lean in day to day industrial practices. The speakers of the occasion were

1. Mr. Bishwambhar Mishra, Director, Mahindra institute of Quality

2. Mr. Subroto Ghosh, Director and Head of performance improvement, Barclays

3. Mr. Vikas Sarangdhar, Director of research (Supply Chain group), Gartner

4. Mr. Rajesh Pednekar, Head distribution, Pfizer

5. Mr. Devdatta Ratnakar, Ex-CEO, Innoventive Industries Ltd.

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The event started with the lighting of the lamp by the Director of the Institute and the guests. Thereafter the event kick started with director’s welcome address. This was followed by Mr. Bishwambar Mishra’s keynote speech and a presentation on ‘My experiments and exploration with lean.’ He shared with the students the rise of Punjab tractors Ltd. post Mahindra’s acquisition in 2007.

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The second speaker for the day was Mr. Subroto Ghosh. His young and enthusiastic demeanor was welcomed by the students; he further elaborated the concept of lean management in the services industry. Thereafter there was a panel discussion involving Mr. Vikas Sarangdhar, Mr. Rajesh Pednekar and Mr. Devdatta Ratnakar with Prof. Kampan Mukherjee of IIM Kashipur as the moderator. The panel discussed the importance of quality, control and the application of lean in the industry.

The event witnessed a national level case study competition in partnership with Schneider electric which saw participation from over 180 teams across India. The top 5 teams presented their analysis to the judges in the event.

Later in the afternoon a session on industry best practices was conducted by industries like Ashok Leyland, Mahindra and Minda group. It witnessed over 70 people from industries in and around Kashipur. The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Prof. Kunal Ganguly of IIM Kashipur.

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