6th Annual Quality Conference on “Lean Imperatives – Lesson for Indian Organizations.”

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The 6th Annual Quality Conference jointly organized by ASQ LMC Ahmedabad and Institute of Management, Nirma University commenced at 9 am on November 27, 2016. The theme for the conference this year was “Lean Imperatives – Lesson for Indian Organizations”.
While delivering the welcome address, Dr Himanshu Trivedi, Chair ASQ Ahmedabad LMC mentioned that Quality is undergoing a massive transformation. He also quoted that as a citizen of India, we have a great responsibility of passing the baton of Quality to the next generation for a developed and prosperous India. He further said that they have been trying their best to meet the vision of ASQ & Institutes and Industries, together can play vital role in this movement. Mr. Anup Singh, Director General of Nirma University next presided over the session. He said that at Nirma, they aim at training students who are skilled enough to face the challenges of the world. They believe that quality is all about philosophy and simplicity is what their philosophy is. Nirma University aims at moving from philosophy to principles to ensure that they have a smooth journey towards ensuring success. Mr. Ciby James, Director ASQ South Asia stressed on the importance of the new practices of lean and six sigma for the success of organizations. He said that their network in different countries, like the one in Ahmedabad, India helps them achieve their objectives. He announced ASQ’s South Asian Conference to be held on 16th and 17th of December and invited everyone to be a part of the same. Mr. Denis Devos, Vice Chair Global ASQ Quality Management Division, took over the session next. Mr. Denis is an ISO 9001 expert and a member of ASQ for the past 20 years. According to him, quality is a strategic and competitive differentiator which can help businesses advance and gain customer satisfaction. He said that there are various challenges that companies face such as lack of specialized training in quality lines. ASQ aims at helping companies overcome these challenges. Waste reduction, innovation and new product development in sync with quality can help them further.
The session was further carried by Ms. Stephanie Thompson, Vice Chair Student, ASQ Quality Management Division. She demonstrated the global reach of ASQ through a presentation. She further expressed that positioning ASQ as the community for everyone who seeks quality concepts, technology, or tools to improve themselves and their world was their main vision. To increase the use and impact of quality in response to the diverse needs of the world was their mission, as shared by Ms. Stephanie. She invited the audience to join them and be a quality connection of the next generation.
The Chief Guest of the session Mr. Hans Bangert, Managing Director, Bosch Rexroth India Pvt. Ltd. talked about “Lean Imperatives – Lesson for Indian Organisations.” He emphasized that transformation can only take place when all the root cause of change is identified and the root cause of transformation is “We” the people itself. We need to regulate ourselves first and be a good citizen before thinking of any change. Unless we change it is difficult to Learn, Improve, Share and Develop.
The inauguration of the book, “Lean Imperatives: Lessons for Indian Organizations” authored by Dr. Rajesh Jain and Dr. Himanshu Trivedi also took place at this event. Dr. Rajesh Kumar Jain, Vice Chair, ASQ LMC Ahmedabad and a prominent faculty at IMNU, delivered the vote of thanks to conclude the session. According to him, Gratitude is the attitude and the right attitude takes one to higher altitudes. He thanked all the dignitaries and participants.
Post lunch, there were 4 technical sessions in which 36 case studies were presented by 26 leading organizations.

Paint Your Dreams

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Paint Your Dreams, a social initiative organized by The Cultural Committee, Institute of Management, Nirma University in association with SARAL Foundation was organized on 20th November 2016. Kids from various NGOs were invited to come to the campus for a day, where they got to spend some quality time.
Along with the in-house NGO of Institute of Management Nirma University, Saral; many other NGOs took part in the event with their participants. Some of the NGOs who work especially for the specially-abled kids with autism and cerebral palsy also took part with full excitement in the event.
At the stroke of 9 in the morning, the buses came with the giggles and excitement of the kids from various NGOs across the city arrived at the Nirma University Campus. The kids then were taken to the mess straightaway where tea and breakfast waited for them. After satiating their morning hunger, the kids were then to proceed to the back lawn of Institute of Management where they were treated with many fun games like cricket, football and inflatables. The excitement and happiness on the kids’ face were a sight to watch as they indulged in their favorite activities from the plethora of the ones available.
Once the outdoor games were done, the kids were taken to the auditorium where more fun awaited them. Starting with the puppet shows, the kids’ funny bones were tickled again with the most entertaining animated series, Tom & Jerry. After an hour of laughter and applause, it was time for them to satisfy their tummies with a delicious lunch at the mess.
The post lunch session began with a drawing competition where the kids were being asked to paint their dreams on the canvas. On the backdrop, songs like taare zameen par soothed the environment and acted as a catalyst to boost up the spirits of the kids and top off a day full of energy.
As the kids painted their sheets with their imaginations, what followed was a session of dancing. Everyone in the hall seemed to dance their hearts out on Bollywood music, including all the volunteers and organizers. The day which started with an expectation of exploring fun at the campus, ended up being even more joyful. The volunteers and organizers all relished the smiles of those who were a part of this event and their own smiles never seemed to fade away.

ASQ’s Annual National Conference

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American Society for Qulaity (ASQ) is the world’s largest not for profit organization of people who are passionate about qulaity. ASQ has members with more than 80,000 and 700 comapnies in more than 140 countries which are Local Member Communities(LMC)and Ahmedabad LMC being one of them.

In the month of November (Quality Month worldwide), ASQ Ahmedabad LMC every year organizes Annual Quality Conference in collaboration with Institute of Management, Nirma University(IMNU). The 6th Annual National Conference on Quality Management during 26-27 November,2016 is being held at Nirma University, Ahmedabad. The theme of the Conference is “Lean Imperatives: Lessons for Indian Organizations”. Objective behind this event is to share best practices in the field of Quality Management.

In this year’s conference, besides 40+ live Case Studies preentations in parallel technical tracks, there will be distinguished global personalities, speeches, release of a new book on Qulaity Management, Best Case Study Competition plus excellent networking opportunities as there will be 300+ participants during the Conference.

Year after year the conference has become one of the most happening gatherings of like-minded intellectuals contributing not only from this ever vibrant part of the country but nationally & globally too. The Conference features top executives’ speeches, Live Case Study Presentations, Best Case Study Award, Skill Development Workshops etc., besides excellent networking opportunities.

First CEO Lecture Series

The CEO lecture series for 2016-2018 batch kick-started at Institute of Management, Nirma University on a chilled Monday afternoon on 7th November with Mr. Shiraz Gidwani, the CEO of Iktara World, Dubai as the speaker and chief guest for the session. The theme for the series was ‘Following your Dreams.’ It is one of those rare occasions and moments of pride when a global business professional like Shiraz Gidwani comes down to IMNU to share his thoughts on how one should follow one’s dreams and not look behind before achieving them and setting another targets. He also shared his thoughts on Leadership in the new age.
Mr Shiraz Gidwani, who is a Harvard Business School graduate, is currently working with organizations like Nando’s, Iktara World, Young Leaders Organization. He also has the experience of working with Afras Group and United Nations Youth Development Program. He is a multi-linguistic person knowing languages like Arabic, French, English and Hindi.
He started the session by sharing his story of how he started with 50,000 dollars and went on to be sold out as a million dollar company within 7 years of its commencement. With this he opened the floor for questions encouraging with the quote “No question is a bad question”. There was a healthy discussion and engagement with the students during the QA session. He answered to every question in his own amazing style of linking the questions with a real life incident from his life. He also shared some difficult decisions he had to take unwillingly. He even answered to personal questions with no hesitation.
A really passionate and down to earth, Mr. Shiraz Gidwani, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, unlike the usual suits, won all the attention in the first half hour and thus completed a very interactive session overall. He said that only 16% students usually get the jobs out of a large pool of students completing their computer science engineering and thus explained how it is necessary to follow your dreams and not live someone else’s. Mr. Shiraz also advised the audience to not take any pressure of someone else’s expectations and enjoy what you do and not to live a life of mediocrity.
He shared his experiences of how he achieved each and every thing that people told he couldn’t. He also told about doing many things just because he was told that he couldn’t. Mr. Shiraz ended the session in a trending way by clicking a selfie with the young audience. The young and passionate CEO, leaving the IMNU campus in his Benz, took no time in uploading the selfie on his official Instagram account.

Rannbhoomi – 2016

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Rannbhoomi is organized annually by NiCHE – The Marketing Club of IMNU. It is an inter-section competition where the various sections fight each other to win the title of the Rannbhoomi Champions.
A total of six teams participated in the event. They represented the six sections of IMNU, four of full time MBA, one of FB and the other representing the integrated MBA programme. The event continued for 11 days, starting on 15th of October and ending on 25th Ooctober.
The event comprised various rounds, each having a specific weightage on the final score. The first round was the Branding Round. In this round each section had to brand itself by giving itself a name and a tagline that describes it. Also, they had to design a T-shirt, with their name, logo and tagline on it. The colour of the T-shirt was required to be such that it signified its name. The different teams were named as Aristocrats, Bannerettes, Conquerors, Deagles, Monarchs and Shehenshahs.
The second round was the Online Polling Round. For this round, a Facebook group was created and a poll was generated on it. The sections had to promote themselves online and get people to vote for them. The team with the maximum number of votes would win this round.
The third round was the Meme Round. In this round, the sections had to make use of social media to troll each other. This round continued for three days.
The fourth round was the Promotions Round. The teams had to come up with creative ideas to promote themselves in front of everyone. Each team had wonderful pieces to display on campus. They made banners and posters and put them on various places such as the hostel buildings, the mess etc. There were various other ways in which they promoted themselves. Some put up messages on the hostel room doors. Other artistic pieces were also put on display. Not only did the teams adopt to promote themselves in such ways, but they also participated in numerous other forms of promotion.
The next round was the Physical Activity Round. This round was conducted on a fine Sunday evening. The organizers had planned for a football match between the various teams. Each team had in its opposition a team that comprised members from all other teams. The top two teams then played against each other. The Conquerors and the Deagles were the top two teams. The thrilling match between the two ended up in a tie. A penalty shootout was then played and the Conquerors emerged as the final winners.
The heat was building up amongst the teams. Everyone wanted to get the trophy for their class and keep the name of the Rannbhoomi Winners for the next one year.
The last leg of Rannbhoomi was Hour Zero. The teams had to participate on stage and showcase their skills in-front of everyone in the auditorium. The external judges who had been invited to judge this round were Ms. Yugma Desai and Mrs. Bhakti Shah. Ms. Desai is an architect in Surat and is an avid biker. Mrs. Shah is a multidisciplinary who works in the fields of teaching, design and writing. The teams had to show a video that depicted the unity of their class. They also had to show the way they had been promoting themselves for all these days. Different sorts of performances were shown on stage. Some performed on dance numbers, others enacted a play. Some of them also painted live on stage.
The result was declared on that day itself. The Bannerettes won the award for the best T-shirt. Based on the cumulative scores, the Deagles emerged as the overall winners of Rannbhoomi. They received a trophy and the title of the winners which shall remain with them for the next one year.
Overall, Rannbhoomi was a thrilling event that ignited the marketing skills of the students of IMNU.