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Gul­mo­har Hall at the In­dian Habi­tat Cen­tre, Delhi wit­nessed a suc­cess­ful sem­i­nar or­gan­ised by Okhla Gar­ment Tex­tile Clus­ter, though it has been quite some time since the or­gan­i­sa­tion had con­ducted sem­i­nars on is­sues rel­e­vant for the ap­parel in­dus­try. ‘Peo­ple, Pur­pose, Pas­sion- Path­way to Suc­cess’ was the agenda of the re­cently con­cluded sem­i­nar. The full day sem­i­nar in­cluded pre­sen­ta­tions by many prom­i­nent ex­perts from the in­dus­try who shared their idea of suc­cess with oth­ers, along with work­shops on cost man­age­ment, mer­chan­dis­ing, hu­man re­sources and com­pet­i­tive­ness.

The to­tal num­ber of par­tic­i­pants had touched 600 and due to less ca­pac­ity, the or­gan­is­ers had ar­ranged for a live we­b­cast of all the dis­cus­sions and ses­sions in the ad­join­ing hall on the same floor. The day con­cluded on a good note as peo­ple spoke on a va­ri­ety of top­ics. The at­ten­dees shared their hap­pi­ness over the con­cept of the sem­i­nar and de­manded many more en­light­en­ing ses­sions like this in the fu­ture as well.

R.C. Ke­sar, Chair­man OGTC wel­comed the par­tic­i­pants. The sem­i­nar kicked off with a dis­cus­sion on ‘World class man­u­fac­tur­ing through zero de­fect, zero ef­fect model’ by A.N. Singh, Lean So­lu­tions.

The next seg­ment was a pre­sen­ta­tion on ‘Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence’ by Gu­n­ish Jain, Di­rec­tor, Royal Data­mat­ics Pvt. Ltd. who amazed one and all by show­ing the tremen­dous pos­si­ble changes ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence can bring into the man­u­fac­tur­ing

in­dus­try. The pre­sen­ta­tion aimed to open the path­way for trained ma­chines by elim­i­nat­ing ‘id­iot ma­chines’ which is pos­si­ble by the in­stal­la­tion of de­signed soft­ware that can elim­i­nate hu­man ef­forts and er­rors. ‘The soft­ware is like a Borg (The Borg is a vast col­lec­tion of cy­ber­netic or­gan­isms linked in a hive mind called ‘the Col­lec­tive’). It learns and ed­u­cates it­self and con­nects with one an­other. It means each ma­chine learn­ing is shar­ing and ex­chang­ing data with each other, so if you have in­stalled ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence for a sewing ma­chine that can make a zip, it would au­to­mat­i­cally learn from the other ma­chine con­nected to it that can make col­lar or cuffs and doesn’t al­ways re­quire pre­pro­grammed data,’ in­formed Gu­n­ish.

While speak­ing in favour of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, Gu­n­ish Jain cited the ex­am­ple of a pes­ti­cide com­pany that has in­stalled ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to de­tect the area that needs to be treated with pes­ti­cide. He ex­plained that by sim­ply in­stalling the tech­nol­ogy on top of the noz­zles that dis­perse pes­ti­cides, the firm has man­aged to save money, time and re­sources.

There was a dis­cus­sion on how im­prove­ment in dex­ter­ity in the ro­botic seg­ment can also bring qual­i­ta­tive change as is would cut down repet­i­tive job work and open new doors for man­u­fac­tur­ers. Thus, the con­cept can be a great in­flu­ence to the busi­ness as it makes the ma­chines run faster and er­ror free.

An­other in­ter­est­ing pre­sen­ta­tion was on Bangladesh as an emerg­ing mar­ket, which was ex­tremely eye open­ing for the ex­porters in In­dia as it clearly showed how, where and why In­dia is lag­ging be­hind in the global mar­ket.

Dr Khon­daker Go­lam Moazzem from Bangladesh, dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion said, “This the first time I am in­ter­act­ing with a busi­ness clus­ter out­side Bangladesh and I have clearly ob­served the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two coun­tries. I am quite im­pressed with the way the pro­gramme is de­signed and also at­ti­tude of play­ers in ac­cept­ing new tech­nol­ogy here in In­dia, which is not the same in Bangladesh.”

He high­lighted that Bangladesh en­joys free duty ex­ports to the EU, which In­dia doesn’t. Also, Bangladesh has an ad­van­tage in bulk man­u­fac­tur­ing as labour wages are low. He how­ever, added that In­dia leads them in ac­cess to raw ma­te­rial like cot­ton yarn and fab­ric pro­duc­tion which is not avail­able in Bangladesh.

“Bangladesh Gov­ern­ment has yearly plans for the tex­tile

in­dus­try, which is good and bad at the same time. Good be­cause it has bet­ter scope in terms of im­pli­ca­tion; bad be­cause it is short term and the poli­cies go through changes ev­ery year,” said Dr Khon­daker

His pre­sen­ta­tion drew sharp breath from the au­di­ence on the an­nounce­ment by his gov­ern­ment set­ting an ex­port tar­get of $37.5 bil­lion for the fi­nan­cial year 2017-18, with ready-made gar­ments earn­ing $30.16 bil­lion.

The Work­shop on ‘Cost Man­age­ment’, a ses­sion by Surinder Jain, was more in­ter­ac­tive where the speaker chal­lenged all the par­tic­i­pants with dif­fer­ent math­e­mat­i­cal prob­lems and asked them for so­lu­tions. The ses­sion con­cluded on a light note when the speaker re­vealed that how small cuts offs on can bring big sav­ings and ef­fi­ciency.

The other work­shop on hu­man re­la­tion by Ashish Passi with the agenda to put peo­ple first on the or­gan­i­sa­tional lad­der def­i­nitely changed the fo­cus from profit to peo­ple for most of the par­tic­i­pants. Dur­ing the ses­sion, Passi cited dif­fer­ent ex­am­ples wherein only think­ing about profit for the or­gan­i­sa­tion re­sulted in a loss of man­power.

AEPC Chair­man Ashok G Ra­jani gave away the awards af­ter the con­fer­ence and while in­ter­act­ing with Team Per­fect Sourc­ing said, ‘OGTC is the most evolved or­gan­i­sa­tion and the knowl­edge they im­part is tremen­dous. I have been com­ing here for many years and I know the qual­ity of the pro­gramme.

The con­fer­ence has cap­tured the essence of many top­ics and the dis­cus­sions also prove to be on the dot.

Some of the vis­i­tors also shared their views about the event and said “The knowl­edge about the ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and how to ben­e­fit from it was em­pow­er­ing. I will def­i­nitely try to de­ploy these tech­nolo­gies in our fac­tory so that man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­cel­lence and profit both flow freely in busi­ness,’ said ganesh Sharma, fiori Cre­ations pvt. Ltd.

“This is the first time I have at­tended this sem­i­nar and it was ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing and in­for­ma­tive for me. As I am new in the busi­ness and still learn­ing its nu­ances, I think the Cost man­age­ment work­shop was the one I en­joyed most and am def­i­nitely go­ing to keep ev­ery­thing I learnt here in mind and im­ple­ment it” said bharat Sax­ena, as­sis­tant gen­eral Man­ager Soft­line, tu­vrhein­land

The day ended by thank­ing all who made the sem­i­nar pos­si­ble and suc­cess­ful. Peo­ple spoke in favour of the highly suc­cess­ful sem­i­nar and ex­pressed their ex­pec­ta­tion to be a part of many more such sem­i­nars.

(L-R) Nmish Dave, Di­rec­tor of Pos­si­bil­i­ties & Dr. Dar­lie Koshy, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral & CEO, Ap­parel Train­ing & De­sign Cen­tre

Dr. Khosaker Go­lam Moazzem, Ad­di­tional Re­search di­rec­tor, Cen­tre for pol­icy di­a­logue (Cpd)

R.C Ke­sar, di­rec­tor Gen­eral, OGTC

Gu­n­ish C. Jain , Di­rec­tor, Royal Data­mat­ics Pvt Ltd

(L-R ) Venky Na­gan, Ran­jiv Ka­pur, Dr. Khosaker Go­lam Moazzem and Gowri Sinha dur­ing Pre­sen­ta­tion

Yo­gesh Gupta, HR Man­age­ment pvt ltd

Lady Ir­win col­lege

Pan­cham Rana, IE man­ager, Pee em­pro

Ashok G. Ra­jani, Chair­man, AEPC

Ganesh Ray Sharma, Qual­ity De­part­ment, Fiori Cre­ations Pvt. Ltd.

Bharat Sax­ena AGM, TUV Rhein­land

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