K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research organized its 4th Global Supply Chain Conference on 16th of December 2016. The theme selected for the event was SCM 2020 – An Ocean of Opportunities. The conference was organised by the Operations Deptt. of SIMSR and co-ordinated by FORSE – Operations Student Committee, SIMSR .
The Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker for the Conference was Dr. Howard James Scott, Supply Chain Head at Flipkart/Flipskool University. He captured the whole hearted attention of the audience with his talk on the need for grass root level experience for those students deciding to pursue their Management degree in Operations. His experience at leading organization GATI and Flipkart was motivational.
The Guest of Honor was Mr. Santanu Guha, Deputy General Manager, L&T Construction. He is a Civil engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Mr. Guha shared his detailed experience and challenges faced in the development of the new Mumbai International Airport.
After a good lunch, 24 research papers which were selected, were presented and were published into a book with ISBN Number. The book contains 10 papers from faculty and students of DHBW Sttutgart University, Germany. Also the final rounds of Sanrachna – a case study competition and X-Quiz-It – an Operations quiz for students from different colleges were conducted.
The 2nd half of the conference was graced by Mr. Surendra Deodhar, Head Materials Management at Reliance Life Sciences. He spoke about the growing use of IT in the world of operations.
The day ended with a Round Table conference moderated by Dr. J S Lamba, Head of Operations and Chairman of GSCM. The panel included eminent persons from the industry including Dr. Deepak Jakate Managing partner at Envision Management Services, Brig. Dr. M K Nag (Retd) former Director at MET Bandra, Prof. Dr. Sanjeev Abraham George Head Operations Management area SPJIMR, Mr. Tarun Dev proprietor at Shanir Management Service and Mr. Surendra Deodhar. Topics discussed were relevance of studying Supply Chain Management, SCM after demonetization of currency, unemployment due to increasing use of technology in operations, etc.