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Seminar on "Make in India Made Easy- Opportunities and Challenges in Defence Sector"

Based on the ‘Make in India’ campaign conceptualised by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, aimed at facilitating investments and fostering innovations for the manufacturing sector in India, the Army Institute of Management and Technology (AIMT) at Greater Noida organised a day-long Seminar at its campus on 9th May 2015. The Seminar was one of its kind where cross-section audience including Army, Corporate, Students and Academician interacted on a issue of National importance. The event was sponsored by Yes Bank, HAL, BEL, Tata Power, PNB, Coke and AWES. The seminar comprises of an Inaugural session followed by three technical sessions.

Lt. Gen. Philip Campose, Vice Chief of Army Staff inaugurated the seminar and emphasised on the need for a synergised approach by all stakeholders to ensure success of the campaign in full measure. Shri G Mohan Kumar, Secretary Department of Defence Production delivered the Thematic Address at the Seminar and highlighted the need for a concerted effort on part of Defence Industry to leverage on the Governments initiative and give a fillip to defence production. Shri Mohan Kumar assured full cooperation of the MoD in providing requisite environment and impetus to facilitate defence production. Lt Gen KJ Singh, AVSM**, General Officer Commanding in Chief Western Command, had initiated the seminar to not only collect the best speaking minds from a cross section of the country, as also to coalesce the academia at AIMT with the industry, so asto play a lead role for a cogent approach to make the ‘make in India’ dream of our Prime Minister a reality.

This was followed by three technical sessions, the first being ‘Make in India: Concepts, Processes and Infrastructure Facilitating Business in Changing Environment and Raising Global Competitiveness of Indian Manufacturing Sector’. The session was chaired by Lt. Gen. Rakesh Sharma. The panel includes Sh. Amit Cowshish of IDSA, Sh. Rajinder Bhatia of Bharat Forges, Sh. Ravin Kulshrestha of DPP, Sh. Prateek Kishore of DRDO. The think tanks discussed on an enabling policy framework, the emerging opportunities in defence manufacturing, supply chain sourcing opportunity and defence offsets.

The second Technical Session focussed on ‘Make in India in Defence Sector; Challenges and Opportunities; Industry Perspective’. The session was chaired by Prof. V.K. Seth and panel includes Sh. Sujeet Sujoy of Tata Power SED, Lt Gen Narendra Singh, Smt. Shikha Gupta of Bharat Electronics and Sh. Sanjay Mandavkar of Yes Bank. The session uncovered the critical issues in implementation of DPP 2013 and the way forward.

The final technical session covered the ‘enabling policy framework for ‘Make in India’ in the Defence Sector’. The session was chaired by Brig. Gurmeet Kanwal. Maj Gen Souresh Bhattacharya from MoD, Cmde Mukesh Bhargava (Retd.) of L&T, Mr Ashish Puntambekar of Planning Lab. The session was highly informative and interactive. It emphasised on various initiatives taken by government of India towards indigenisation in the defence sector.

The seminar was highly fruitful. It was a platform to build network across student- corporate, corporate-corporate, Army-corporate. There were around 250 delegates from various industries like Jubilant group, Airbus, Zee Media, ICICI Bank, Nokia, BOB, CII, Coca Cola, BSES, General Motors, NTPC, Lease Plan and many more. The delegates were also exposed to a review of stalls laid by Army Western Command to display various defence equipments.

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