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Padam Shri Shoji Shiba launches specialized SME-management program with Shoolini University

Padam Shri professor Shoji Shiba recently visited Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences to launch the Visionary Learning Community of India (VLCI) Program. This is a one-year management training program targets small and medium size enterprises.

Shoolini University will implement the VLCI with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The aim of the program is to create great visionaries and leaders to upgrade standard of Indian manufacturing sector and guide it towards future growth.

To take this grand event and partnership further, Shoolini University, JICA, CII and Parwanoo Industry Association signed MoU with one another for the success of the program. The idea behind this program is to increase efficiency and productivity of the industry and academia and to implement a concept of manufacturing that is termed as "flow".

“This is the first time that such a learning program has been implemented in North India. The industry and academia have joined hands together for this program and eight companies from the Parwanoo industry region have enrolled,” said Dr. Sarita Nagpal, Principal Advisor, CII.

Shoolini University is the academia partner of this program. So far, four faculty members of the University and 30 mangers from eight industries have enrolled in this program, which will be mentored by Chanderkant Patel and Saideep Rathnam.

“We are delighted with this initiative and are confident that it will benefit all the partners and make Himachal a great manufacturing hub of the country,” said Shoolini University’s Pro Vice Chancellor Prof. AtulKhosla while delivering a speech during the event.

Prof. Shiba is a Professor Emeritus of University of Tsukuba in Japan and Distinguished Honorary Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He was awarded with Padam Shree for guiding Indian manufacturing industry through transformation. He has mentored over 300 senior managers from the Indian manufacturing sector to meet the global challenges, achieve breakthroughs and adopt changes with changing business environment.

In India, Prof. Shibahas been running the Visionary Leaders for Manufacturing Programme (VLFM) since 2006. The VLFM is part of the Joint Technical Cooperation Agreement signed between Indian and Japanese government.