Industrial Engineering

The 1st Industry-University International Conference on Supply Chain


NEW DELHI, INDIA – Illustrating that supply chain and logistics is a global issue, Clemson University and the Ansal Institute of Technology & Management, Lucknow , hosted the first industry-university conference on the supply chain March 22-23.

The conference opened with a reception and banquet at the historic Ashok hotel in New Delhi’s embassy district. More than 65 guests were present to celebrate this landmark event that gathered industry executives and academic leaders to address the supply chain challenges and opportunities within India. Among the guests were faculty and administration from local universities, industry executives from India and the U.S., and representatives from Clemson University.

The program started with a welcome and introduction from a Clemson University delegation, which included Dr. Anand Gramopadhye, associate vice president for Workforce Development, and Dr. Bill Ferrell, who served as conference chairman. Special guest Mr. Sushil Ansal, chairman of Ansal API and a leader in construction and development in India, acknowledged and recognized the significance on the ongoing relationship between Clemson University and partner Ansal Institute of Technology & Management. Mr. Ansal then introduced the keynote speaker, Mr. N.K. Singh.

Mr. N.K. Singh, a member of the Upper House of Parliament in India, is an economist with decades of experience in Indian public service, including positions as the Economic Affairs, Expenditure & Revenue Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Secretary to the Prime Minister, as well as holding other leadership positions in the United Nations. Mr. Singh turned out to be the perfect choice to address the audience gathered to open the dialog on supply chain amongst industry and academia. His address provided a high level perspective on the intricacies and challenges India faces coping with a staggering rate of development in a country facing inherent governmental obstacles to development and growth. He touched on the fragmented infrastructure necessitating improvements in order to be able to sustain the anticipated growth and its relationship to the overall supply chain in India.

The evening was concluded with a thank you and prelude into the following day’s conference by Professor M.P. Singh of Ansal Institute of Technology & Management.

The opening conference sessions featured presentations on capital projects and construction. Presentation topics included “Controlling Risks in Large Capital Projects – Procurement Subcontracting Dimension” by V.T. Chandrasekhar Rao of Foster Wheeler Ltd., India, “Global Trends in Materials Markets” by Mr. Raj Desai of Fluor Corp., Houston, Texas, and “Globally Collaborative Execution with Integrated Automation: Pleasure and Challenges of Project in India” by Ashish Shaw of Fluor Corp. in Greenville.

A later session was devoted to the railway and automotive industries of India. Presentations included P.K. Goel, Secretary General, Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport, titled “Supply Chain Management in Indian Railways.” and a presentation by S. Maitra, Chief Operating Officer, Maruti Udyog Ltd., titled “Supply Chain Initiatives of Maruti.”

The afternoon session was highlighted with presentations from participating local universities and the conference hosts, which brought emphasis to the role education plays helping shape supply chain progress in India. Presentations included “Supply Chain Management for Business Excellence: Issues and Challenges” by Dr. Prem Vrat’s (Vice Chancellor, Institute of Technology and Management, Gurgaon; “Supply Chain Management: Success Mantra” by Dr. B. Metri’s (Dean-Academics, International Management Institute, Delhi; and “The Role of Industrial Engineering and Distance Education” by Clemson’s Dr. Bill Ferrell.

Special thanks to all of those involved in the planning, to the partners in India, and the corporate sponsors and leaders that provided support, guidance and subject matter expertise to make this inaugural conference a success. We look forward to the next conference in 2014. View the full 2013 Conference Proceedings.


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