Achievements

Mr Shashi Kiran Shetty, Founder and Chairman, Allcargo Logistics, Chairman, ECU Worldwide and Gati Ltd has been nominated as the Chairman of the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, w.e.f. 07.11.2020

Mr Shetty is the Founder and Chairman of Allcargo Logistics; India’s biggest integrated logistics services provider and global LCL consolidation leader. The group operates in over 160 countries through more than 300 offices, employing more than 10,000 team members and generates revenues of approximately USD 1.2 billion.

Allcargo was the first to introduce the concept of Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) business in India. With the changing business landscape, Allcargo ventured into Container Freight Stations, Project Logistics, and Contract Logistics. It also leveraged opportunities to enter Express Distribution, First and Last Mile Deliveries and Pick-up and Logistics Parks businesses. Allcargo’s latest strategic acquisition in the Indian logistics space is Gati Ltd., in 2020. It is a publicly traded company; India’s largest and a pioneer in express distribution. Since July 2020, Mr Shetty has been the Chairman of Gati Ltd.

Under Mr. Shetty's leadership, the group has had several successful global acquisitions. Significant among these are Belgium-based ECU-Line (now ECU Worldwide) whose revenues were almost five times that of Allcargo Logistics. The group expanded its global footprint by acquiring She Maritime, UK; China Consolidators, Hong Kong; FCL Marine Agencies, Netherlands; Econocaribe Consolidators, USA. In India, the groups acquisitions continued with Hindustan Cargo and MHTC Logistics. Allcargo then forayed into Contract Logistics through a new entity, Avvashya CCI, formed by acquiring controlling stake in CCI Logistics, India. Allcargo operates a facility at Asia’s largest ICD at Dadri, through a Joint Venture with Container Corporation of Indian (CONCOR).

Mr Shetty was conferred with Belgium’s highest civilian honour – ‘Distinction of Commander of the Order of Leopold II’ by H.M. King Philippe in 2015. The ‘Lifetime Contribution to Freight Award’ at the Global Freight Awards, London, ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the Services Category by Ernst & Young, ‘Global Visionary’ at the Economic Times Family Business Awards, ‘Global Indian Maritime Personality’ by the Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture; ‘CEO of the year with Best HR Orientation’ at Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards are some of his other national and international recognitions. The University of Mangalore conferred him with an ‘Honorary Doctorate’ for his remarkable professional achievements as well as for his philanthropic contributions.

Mr. Shetty is a firm believer of conducting business with highest corporate governance standards.

Sustainability is an integral part of the Allcargo group. Mr Shetty is also involved in initiatives of Avashya Foundation, Allcargo’s CSR arm and supports social welfare activities. His passionate concern for environmental sustainability has led to initiatives like Allcargo Greens and Maitree. His contributions have been making a significant difference across environment, education, healthcare, women’s empowerment, disaster relief and sports.

Mr. Shetty is a sports enthusiast, an avid golfer and an arts aficionado.

The Government of India is organising VAIBHAV SUMMIT, a Global Summit of NRI Researchers, called Vaishvik Bhartiya Vaigyanik (Vaibhav) Summit (Virtual) from 2-31 October 2020. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India inaugurated the summit on Friday, 2nd October 2020, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in the virtual presence of the registered academia and researchers from across the world. Formal deliberations are taking place from 3rd October to 25th October 2020 through the webinar/panel discussions. Each deliberation is comprised of up to 10 Indian overseas and up to 10 Indian academician or scientists.

Prof Vijaya Gupta participated in the panel discussion as a panellist and delivered a talk titled as “The Role of Economics in Environment and Sustainable Development", on the 3rd October 2020, in the "Environment and Sustainable Development" a vertical of Environmental Science, in VAIBHAV SUMMIT, a Global Summit of NRI Researchers Vaishvik Bhartiya Vaigyanik (Vaibhav) Summit (Virtual) organised by the Government of India. The Environmental Science Vertical is jointly organised by IITM, IITD, CSIR-NEERI, CSIR-NGRI.

National Institute of Industrial Engineering ( NITIE ) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), an organisation established by EuroChambers, the Association of European Chambers of commerce and industry in India.

EBTC is hosting Europe India collaborations for technology frameworks and best practices as well as innovations to suit local needs in India through various projects and programs.

The MOU between NITIE and EBTC focuses on creating a body of knowledge and a multi-stakeholder ecosystem supporting collaborations leading to collaborative projects through the Europe India Transport Cluster.

The objective is to support ongoing development of transport and logistic systems in India focusing on co-creation of sustainable urban transport and mobility models and viable & resilient supply chains.

Prof Manoj Kumar Tiwari Director NITIE, briefly introduced about the institute strength and its strong industry connect that can contribute to this collaboration. Mr Atul Kulkarni, Member NITIE BOARD of Governors, shared the vision and the activities planned to be taken under the MOU. Mr Kulkarni has taken an active role in forging this alliance.

Subsequently Director, NITIE, introduced NITIE team comprising of Prof Vivekanand Khanapuri, Dean ( SRIC), Prof Vivek Khanzode, and Mr Basavraj Swamy, Registrar NITIE.

A proposal is being submitted to Ministry of commerce to set up a centre of excellence at NITIE. Going forward NITIE plans to explore the opportunities for setting up “Living Labs” and contribute towards the smart cities development and corresponding Eco-System.

Ice breaking Session to launch our Joint Research Collaboration with TCS team led by Dr Ananth Krishnan, Dr Syama Sunkara, Mr Raju Goteti, Mr Vinay Sharma, Mr Pawan Kumar and others.

NITIE Director Dr. Manoj Kumar Tiwari, shared the prospects of research. Prof Hema Date, Coordinator for the MoU briefed about different projects. Prof Vivekanand B Khanapuri shared some views on strengthening the Industry connect through these activities.

National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai organised a webinar on Technology-enabled holistic education on 30th September 2020 to discuss ways to integrate technology in implementing National Education Policy-2020. This webinar emphasised the role of technology in improving education in rural settings. Five hundred thirty-two participants registered for the programme. The deliberations were made with evolving technology to improve academic settings in rural India.

Director, NITIE Prof. Manoj Kumar Tiwari delivered the welcome speech emphasising on NITIE coining an initiative regarding the new education policy implementation through technology to improve education in villages. While emphasising on different facets of technological developments Padma Bhushan Prof. Sanjay Govind Dhande, Chairman BoG suggested the need of developing integrated curriculum such that along with scientific temperament, critical life skills are also learnt by all students. He reiterated the need to develop content on artificial intelligence, machine learning, system design, and as well as communication, empathy, moral, and to create Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Dr Madhav Sathe, social entrepreneur and Dr Upendra Kulkarni Head, Deendayal Research Institute, New Delhi presented the challenges related with ground realities, and how their teams have successfully designed programmes at taluka level and successfully integrated technological interventions to promote education in schools of rural India. Prof. Arvind Patil shared how NITIE could contribute to advancing technology-enabled holistic education through the Centre of Distance Learning. Prof. Vivekananda Khanapuri and Prof. Upasna A Agarwal invited suggestions and questions from registered participants. Participants brought several perspectives to the forum for discussion that includes the need for developing apps for student and teacher assessments, making videos on vocational and life skills, having post-graduate students work on live problems of rural education, among others. Prof. Nikhil K Mehta conducted the proceedings

NITIE Mumbai is delighted to share that Prof. K. Sudhir, Professor, Yale University & Editor-in-Chief, Marketing Science (A FT 50 and A* Journal) gave an online Talk at NITIE on September 24, 2020

NITIE Director Prof. Manoj K. Tiwari gave opening remark and shared the NITIE’s research initiatives & welcomed him for the talk.

Prof. K. Sudhir gave his talk on the topic “Attribute Sentiment Scoring using Text Reviews with Deep Learning: Accounting for Attribute Silence”. It was attended by more than two hundred scholars from NITIE and other institutes in India and abroad. The session ended with Q & A from the participants.

Thank You Prof. K. Sudhir! We look forward to your active support and guidance in mentoring young research scholars at NITIE Mumbai.

15th September is celebrated as the Engineer’s Day in India as a tribute to one of the first and finest engineers India has produced, Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya. He was an eminent scholar, a builder, a statesman, an educationist, and the most celebrated engineer in India, with his engineering prowess being portraited in distributing of water resources and construction of dams across India in such an efficient manner that his designs have prevented massive flooding. He had designed and patented a system of automatic weir water floodgates that were first installed in 1903 at Khadakvasla Reservoir near Pune. He gained prominent status when he designed a flood protection system for Hyderabad. He was instrumental in developing a system to protect the Visakhapatnam port from sea erosion.

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) is always at the forefront of contributing to the development of the nation. The brightest minds in India are taught and exposed to Industrial Engineering tools and techniques at NITIE who can handle complex issues in business, and society. Business value, environmental consciousness, efficiency, effectiveness, productivity principles are nurtured amongst the students through theory, case studies, internships, field projects, seminars, conferences, expert lectures by prominent personalities across the globe.

This year Engineer’s Day has been celebrated in a unique way at NITIE by IISE-NITIE Chapter.

Prof. Balkrishna Narkhede welcomed all the Keynote Speakers, Director NITIE, faculty, Registrar, students, alumni, and staff of NITIE. Prof. Manoj Kumar Tiwari, Director NITIE delivered an Opening Remark. He explained the significance of Engineer’s Day and the legendary contribution of Sir M. Visveswaraya. He also highlighted the rationale behind the establishment of the IISE-NITIE Chapter.

Prof. Bopaya Bidanda, President of Institute of Industrial & System Engineers (IISE) and Ernest Roth Professor & Department Chair of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering has inaugurated the IISE-NITIE Chapter and delivered an inaugural address on the occasion of Engineer’s Day. He explained the role of the industrial engineering discipline in national development. He is at the forefront in handling many projects on industrial engineering applications to businesses in a pandemic situation.

Prof. Darek Ceglarek from the University of Warwick UK has delivered a Keynote address. He enlightened the audience on Smart Manufacturing Systems and Digital Life-Cycle Management in the era of industry 4.0. He highlighted the significance of industry 4.0 in Product Life-Cycle Management such as Product Design & Development, Process Planning, Manufacturing, Quality Management, Supply Chain Management, etc. His talk was very innovative, research-oriented, inspiring for industrial engineers, and is well appreciated by the audience.

Mr. Harsha Venkatesh, Director Product Line Management from Enphase Energy Bengaluru has shared his entrepreneurial journey on this occasion. He discussed five commandments for success. These are Value Creation, finding mentors, life-long learning, two careers in parallel, running own race. His talk was very interesting and appreciated by the audience.

Prof. Milind Akarte expressed a Vote of Thanks.

A total of 650 students, faculty, alumni, industry practitioners and IISE Members have attended this program. A faculty team (comprising of Prof. Milind Akarte, Prof Vivekanand Khanapuri, Prof Vivek Khanzode, Prof Balkrishna Narkhede and Prof Rakesh Raut); and the student team (Ganesh Tated, Gaurav Singh Tomar and Tarak Kuthiala) worked under the guidance of Prof. Manoj Kumar Tiwari Director-NITIE to make this event successful. Many faculty members and supporting staff also helped to organize this event.

NITIE Mumbai successfully completed its Online MDP on Application of AI/ML in Operations & Supply Chain Management. The inaugural session was taught by Prof. Manoj K. Tiwari (Director, NITIE) on Supply Chain Analytics.

Spread over 3 weekends (Aug 29- Sep 13), the faculty (Prof. Sushmita Narayana, Prof. Debabrata Das and Prof. Priyanka Verma) provided hands-on training to a diverse group of professionals in supply chain, operations & consulting roles in reputed firms such as Dabur, Mondelez, Kellogg India, Accenture, KPMG, Capgemini and Toyota Motors, along with academicians and a doctor too!

Participants were trained in concepts & use of platforms (Python & MS Excel) to implement supervised, unsupervised & reinforcement learning algorithms in operations & SCM problems. They also submitted weekly assignments for review in MS Teams Classroom.

Feedback received

  • "... Initially I was a little apprehensive about being able to grasp the fundamentals of a complex subject like AI-ML in a virtual MDP. However, your teaching style ensured the sessions were insightful as well as interesting while covering the right amount of detail"
  • "..smitten by the passion (of the faculty and participants) and in my own experience, it was the best"
  • " ...What I really liked about this course is the way all the faculty explained each topic. It was important to cover the fundamentals and they did it absolutely bang on."
  • "... They were patient with doubts and followed up on the assignments. It really took me back to my college days! Looking forward to more courses from them in future"

We wish the participants all the very best in their future endeavors.

An International Ergonomics Webinar on the theme “Emerging Issues and Trends in Ergonomics and Human Factors research: The New Normal” was organized by NITIE, Mumbai in Collaboration with the BRICSplus Network on Human Factors and Ergonomics (BRICSplus HFE Network) on 12th September 2020. There were renowned professors in the area of Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering from 7 different countries namely, India, US, Brazil, China, South Africa, Philippines and Portugal, who delivered talks on various emerging issues in the area of ergonomics, like role of Artificial Intelligence on Human Factors application in Industry, Human factor application during a pandemic etc. in the Webinar. The Chief Guest and Keynote speaker for the Webinar was Prof. VK Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur on the topic - Ergonomic Performance Evaluation in large Enterprises.

More than 400 delegates consisting of faculty members, research scholars, industry participants, professionals, designers and PG students from more than 20 different countries participated in this one-day Webinar.

The Webinar was inaugurated by the Director NITIE, Prof. Manoj Kumar Tiwari. Prof. V.B Khanapuri - Dean SRIC NITIE, Prof. Padmanav Acharrya - Dean Academic NITIE along with other faculty members of NITIE present during the inaugural session.

There was Panel discussion at the end of the Webinar in which all the distinguished speakers along with Director NITIE addressed on various questions raised by the delegates. The Webinar ended with Valediction session addressed by Prof. V.B Khanapuri and followed by vote of thanks.

The organizing team of the Webinar consisted of Prof. Manoj. K Tiwari, Prof. Vivek Khanzode and Prof. Rauf Iqbal. Media Support for the Webinar was provided by Prof. Purnima Sangle and Prof. Poonam Singh. Student volunteers were Ranjith, Ganesh, Gaurav, Sourabh, Saquib, Amay, Prashant, Shubham and Abhinav.

National Institute of Industrial Engineering organised a webinar on "National Education Policy: Contribution of Indian Values to Education" on 11/09/2020 at 11.30 a.m.. The objective of this webinar was to highlight contribution of Indian Value System in our Education System in the context of NEP 2020.

Shri Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Hon'ble Governor of Maharashtra & Goa graced the webinar as the Chief Guest. Other esteemed dignitaries present were: Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, MP & Chairman Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education; Dr Aniruddha Deshpande, Former Principal BMCC Pune; Prof Sanjay G. Dhande, Chairman NITIE Board of Governors & Shri Atul Kulkarni, Member NITIE Board of Governors.

All the dignitaries expressed how the positive changes in the education system will drive us towards growth and development.

On this occasion, Shri Basavaraj Swamy, Registrar; Prof. D.K. Srivastava, Prof. Padmanav Acharya, Prof. Purnima Sangle, Prof. Sushmita Narayana, Prof. Hema Date, Prof. Vivekanand Khanapuri etc. were present. The program witnessed enthusiastic participation by all faculty members, officers and students of the institute in virtual mode. The program ended with a vote of thanks by Prof. Manoj Tiwari, Director, #NITIE.

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