Mrinal Chaudhury | Mar 12, 2018

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The industry-academia relations in the world have the potential to bridge the gaps in the demand and supply of qualified engineers as well as educationists in the present world. These relations not only encompasses the imparting of industry-related skills to the students, but also a healthy interaction and exchange of knowledge between Industry and students about the emerging trends beneficial for the Industry. An example of one such remarkable initiative of collaboration between the Researchers in Eastern India and the RINL, Andhra Pradesh was witnessed from 5th to 9th of March 2018. A short-term course on inventory and supply chain management was organized by the Department of Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering of the Institute for employees of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, Vishakhapatnam. The course was sponsored by the RINL, Andhra Pradesh. The course was organized keeping in mind that the supply chain management is identified as a route to competitive advantage.

Objective of the course:

Through supply chain, firms aim to achieve two polemic goals: Cost-effectiveness and customer satisfaction. Supply chain encompasses all the functional areas of an enterprise. Integration of areas such as procurement, processing, and distribution is possible through proper management and control of supply chain operations. Improving upon the aspect of sustainability in firms has been one of the prime focus of supply chain. From corporate social responsibility, protecting the environment, managing scarce resources, maximizing stakeholder value, social and employee preservation; cases in supply chain sustainability are ripe for discussion. The course aimed to increase awareness about the ways a supply chain professional can make an impact in the firm.

Course Experts:

The following are experts who served as instructors of the course:

Prof. Pritee Ray, an assistant professor in the area of Operations Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi (IIM Ranchi). Her research and teaching interests include supply chain risk management, disruption risk, supply chain contract, project management, operations research and operations management.

Dr. Mohit Lal, an Asst. Professor in the Department of Industrial Design, National Institute of Technology –Rourkela. His research interest is vibration analysis, condition monitoring of rotating systems, rotor dynamics, analysis of bearing dynamic parameters, ergonomics, advanced product design and product modification.

Prof. Dayal Ramakrushna Parhi, HOD of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology –Rourkela. His research interests are Robotics, Mechatronics, Machine Design, and Vibration.

The keynote speakers included:

 Prof. Sadhan K De, initially an industry professional, started his career as an Instrumentation Technologist in 1972. In later years, he moved through a number of senior positions in Industrial and Business organizations of repute which include Tata Steel and Nagarjuna Fertilisers and Chemicals.

Dr. B.B.V.L Deepak, who is an Asst. Professor in the Department of Industrial Design, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela. He is continuing research work in the field of ‘Robotics & Automation’. During his tenure, he has developed various robotic devices for applications such as transportation, pick and place, assembly, surveillance and assistive devices.

The vast content of the course tried to approach the subject in a holistic manner and cover the varied aspects of supply chain management. The logistics, management, and hospitality of the employees of RINL were taken care of by the M.Tech and Doctoral students of the Dept. of Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering. The no of course takers were 40 for the concerned edition. Neither the organizers nor employees of RINL complained of any problems or shortcomings in the course. RINL and National Institute of Technology, Rourkela along with researchers in the emerging fields have decided to take this collaboration further and decided to conduct more courses in the future to shape and propel engineering forward.

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