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8th Annual Quality Conference on “VUCA Challenges: Sustainability through Quality”

The 8th Annual National Conference on quality management was jointlyorganized by Institute of Management, Nirma University and ASQ (AmericanSociety for Quality) LMC Ahmedabad on 30th November and 1st December 2018. The theme for this year was “VUCA Challenges: Sustainability through Quality”. The national conference was attended by many dignitaries and more than 400+ participants.

On the First day, an Industrial Visit took the participants to 10 leading companies in the field of manufacturing; Bosch Rexroth India Pvt. Ltd., Omega Elevators, Hitachi Hi-Rel Power Electronics Ltd., Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd., Inductotherm (India) Pvt. Ltd., Amul, Precision Autowares Pvt. Ltd.,Havmor Ice cream Pvt. Ltd., Waterman Pumpset, Tennecco Automotive Pvt. Ltd.

The Inaugural session started with the welcome speech of Dr. Himanshu Trivedi, Chair, ASQ Ahmedabad LMC in which he mentioned how enhanced knowledge on quality helps us in personal as well as national development.

Dr. Anup Singh threw light on how increased globalization has enabled better access to products and services around the world.

The Chief Guest of the session, Mr.Stefano Talassi, COO Transformers India, focused on the new challenge in the industry. He explained how it will be important to ensure clarity of direction and vision in each step of our activity. He also explained the presence of VUCA in our day to day life through various interesting examples.

The next speaker, Mr. Prashant Hoskote,Senior Director- Quality, Service Excellence and Innovation, Max Group explained the concept of VUCA from the point of view of strategic level of organizational quality by using references from his own organization, MaxGroup.

Mr. Ananda Sarangi, Director & Head of Business Development ASQ India, South Asia, Russia gave valuable insights on ASQ, its functioning and the relevance of quality in industries and in today’s changing business scenario.

A Panel Discussion on “ VUCA Challenges: Sustainability through Quality” was held, wherein Prof,Mallikarjun, Sri. Chetan Kothari, Shri Vinod Venkatesh, Sri Sachin Garg &Prof Rajesh Jain participated.

The Second day witnessed more than 30 Parallel live case study presentations, in which different topics on the Challenges of VUCA were covered. Participating companies from various industries gave their ideas and opinions.

The first plenary session started with the speaker Dr. Jitesh Thakkar, who explored the topic of VUCA through challenges in the education sector through the examples of Engineering and Management Institutions.

The second speaker, Mr. Jayesh Khamar, gave insights on “Unlocking the power of data for Industry 4.0”. He emphasized upon the importance of understanding the organization and to fulfil needs keeping all the holistic factors intact.

The second Plenary session started with Mr. Prerak Shah, Exec. Director and Jt.CEO-DEV IT and Associate Vice President-PMI Mumbai Chapter, Ahmedabad. He presented ideas about various VUCA Challenges implemented by applying Project Management Tools and Techniques.

The final speaker, Prof. Arnab Kumar Laha, Associate Professor-IIM Ahmedabad,talked about the managing quality in VUCA times lessons from science of quality


This article is contributed by Nandini Kansal-
Media Committee, IMNU

Picture Courtesy: Pratikriti- The Photography Club

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