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Go green in Manufacturing: urges Ajay Shankar, Secretary DIPP at VLFM Session Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 August 2009
Mumbai: If India wants a sustainable future, she needs to be green, emphasized Ajay Shankar, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion Ministry of Commerce & Industry Government of India, while advocating green manufacturing strategy for growth at the 2nd Annual Session on Visionary Leaders for manufacturing Programme organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Mumbai last week.

"Manufacturing requires enormous and immediate attention in India and to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth; it is pertinent to succeed in manufacturing", advised Mr Shankar.

"We are facing two contradictory impulses - one for immediate gain in short term and the other is the quest for perfection and excellence. Need of the Indian manufacturing sector is working for creating excellence on global standards and having a rethink on conventional ideas", stressed Mr Shankar.

As Indian markets are characteristically different from the other global markets, creativity in design, product and process innovation becomes increasingly essential. Talking about the need for continuous innovation, he said that we need globally cost effective manufacturing for which innovation is the key.

Prof. Shoji Shiba, Chief Advisor, VLFM Program said that India needs to create its own manufacturing management system. Highlighting the importance of the SME sector in manufacturing, Prof Shiba urged for developing and building innovative machine tooling skills for the SME sector.

S K Roongta, Chairman Steel Authority of India, stressed that prerequisites for consistent and gradual growth of the Indian manufacturing sector requires provision of infrastructure facilities, devising comprehensive energy strategy, dealing with skilled manpower, policy initiatives by the government, growth of R&D, bringing in of green technology, innovation, benchmarking and sharing.

Dr Naushad Forbes, Chairman, CII Western Region put forth that in order to raise the share of Manufacturing in Indian GDP to 25%, it is essential to grow at a consistent rate of 20%. "Our challenge is to innovate not only in the processes but also the products, building human skills and capacity", advocated Dr Forbes.

Urging all companies to institutionalize learning and make it a part of daily existence was Mr Jamshyd Godrej, Past President CII & Chairman, CII VLFM Division.  "Indian manufacturing sector needs to create a revolution. The challenge is to enthuse everyone, not only one's company but the whole of India", stressed Mr Godrej.

Explaining the uniqueness of the Visionary Leaders For Manufacturing Programme, Prof. Shoji Shiba, Chief Advisor, VLFM Program said that it was a coordinated effort among diverse agencies including academia, government and CII.

"The VLFM Programme with its set of expert teachers is focused on building a transformation not only in the mindsets but also in the behavioral patterns of individuals. Innovative improvement within an organization and transforming an organization to create tangible results is the end result of this Programme", explained Prof Shiba.

"VLFM is about manufacturing with a capital 'M' meaning manufacturing in all aspects of an organization", said Dr Naushad Forbes.

The 2nd Annual Session of VLFM Programme also witnessed success stories of participants of the previous year which had brought about individual and organizational transformation. 

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