KCS 2019

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Chetana’s R.K Institute of Management and Research hosted Silver Jubilee of its renowned and prestigious flagship event,KCS (Khandelwal Case Study) 2019, the National Level Rolling Trophy Competition, sponsored by NABARD. Institutes across the nation participated in huge numbers to come up with best possible solutions for the problem case provided by our knowledge partner Sahyadri Farms on ‘Enhancing Supply Chain Efficiencies of Domestic Retail Business in Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Category’.A prelude to KCS was a symposium on ‘Opportunities in Rural Entrepreneurship’.

Dr. Madhumita Patil-CEO, CRKIMR & CIMR addressed the students by narrating her own experiences and belongingness to rural parts of India and the recent developments happening in rural areas. She urged them to grab the entrepreneurial opportunities available in those areas.

The eminent panelists for the symposium were exemplary contributors in their respective fields :

Mr. Hemant Songadkar – Chief General Manager, NABARD

Mr. Vilas Shinde- Chairman and MD, Sahyadri Farms

Ms. R.Vimala-CEO, Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Missions (Umed)

Ms. Kusum Balsaraf- GM at Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal

Mr. Sandip Shinde-Head, Incubation Centre, TCS

Mr. Ashish Bhardwaj- An Eminent Faculty at CIMR moderated the panel discussion.

Mr. Hemant Songadkar addressed the crowd by drawing their attention on various schemes in the field of agriculture and allied occupations available in NABARD’s online portal and measures which can be taken to strengthen the ecosystem for rural entrepreneurs. Ms. R. Vimla threw light on difficulties faced by women entrepreneurs in communication and carrying out their businesses on large scale, along with it, she also suggested feasible solutions for the same. Mr. Vilas Shinde encouraged the students to get into agri-business and considers agriculture as a potential sector for young and aspiring entrepreneurs. Ms. Kusum Balsaraf enlightened the gathering about the problems faced by women in current era and came up with possible solutions such as forming of SHGs in smallest regions of the society. Mr. Sandip Shinde shared his knowledge about the change in the ratio of male to female in rural entrepreneurs and appreciated the steps taken for upliftment of women in this particular sector. A brief introduction about the major events like synergy of Tata Steel and Sahyadri Farms were highlighted and SMART projects were discussed. This symposium session was indeed a great treat of knowledge and innovative ideas.

Everyone was excited to know the solutions & strategies for the problem case. Our esteemed panel of judges comprised of influential personalities :

Mr. N. P Mohapatra- CGM, DEAR (Department of Economic Analysis and Research), NABARD

Mr. Shitij Agrawaal- CEO, Sahaydri Farms

Mr. Shashank Raodeo- Head, Central Planning and Supply Chain Auto Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Mr. Sumantra Naik- Director, Afri Plain, Digital.

Amongst the huge number of participant entries, the best six teams were shortlisted to present their solutions.  The teams enthusiastically presented, highlighting the various challenges with respect to technology, infrastructure and packaging. The presentations provided short term and long-term solutions like advancements in transport systems, refrigerated chain designs, etc. Every presentation brought out a new set of ideas indicating that the students had done thorough brainstorming. However, after fierce competition with lots of questioning from the judges, the winner for the 25th KCS 2019 was NITIE, who bagged cash prize of Rs.50,000 & the prestigious rolling trophy. The first runner-up was Bharti Vidyapeeth Institute of Management Studies and Research winning a cash prize of Rs.30,000 followed by second runner-up Fr. C. Rodrigues Institute of Management Studies with a cash prize of Rs.20,000.

The event concluded on a wonderful note with everyone grasping some worthwhile information as a takeaway!

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