Jamshedpur, April 24: The city chapter of Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM) would soon start internationally certified courses for managers and entrepreneurs of Adityapur industrial area.
The initiative comes after software giant Microsoft adopted Adityapur industrial area to develop it into an auto cluster around two months ago.
Those engaged in the supply chain management are now aiming to get certified by institutes of international repute, including World Trade Organisation (WTO), right next to their industrial houses.
The move, a joint initiative of Adityapur Small Industries Association (ASIA) and IIMM, would see the courses begin from June at the ASIA office at Adityapur.
“Last October, we had an interactive session with the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) at Adityapur. There, a need was felt for more organised courses that would help them deal better in both national and international markets. So we proposed to start the courses,” said G.D. Pandey, the IIMM course co-ordinator.
The two international courses that are on the launch pad are a six-month certificate programme in supply chain management from Institute of Supply Management, US, and diploma courses from United Nations Council for Trade and Development, which is under the aegis of World Trade Organisation.
On completion of the courses, the students would be provided with certificates not only from IIMM, but also from these global organisations.
“Today, supply chain is an important part of the entire business set-up. So these courses would be of immense help,” added Pandey.
The move also comes in wake of IIMM adopting supply chain management as its theme for the week- long foundation day celebrations that began on Wednesday.
“We had decided to adopt enhancing efficiency of supply chain management as our theme for this year. That is why, we decided to concentrate on these specific courses,” he added.
Next in the line after the international courses would a two-year MBA programme from Madhya Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University in Bhopal.
Tailor-made for purchase managers and supply chain managers, one can avail a full MBA degree for just Rs 45,000-50,000.
Apart from this, there are also regular courses in material management at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
A panel discussion on the prospects and challenges in supply chain management is also scheduled on Friday.