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OPSESSION - The Operations and Supply Chain Management Club

Opsession as an academic club at MDI Gurgaon was established in the year 2004, with a focus to garner greater interest in the field of Operations and Supply Chain Management and create a professional network experience for students with an interest in these topics. The mission of our closely-knit community is to translate educational learning into real-world experiential knowledge in the areas of operations, strategic planning, and supply chain management.

Our Club fosters a productive community of young and dynamic individuals who will ultimately transform how an organization operates, manufactures, produces, packages, supplies, processes, receives, and delivers. We welcome driven, creative thinkers and innovators. The agenda of our Club is to provide students with an opportunity to get beyond pure classroom learning and to interact with industry professionals and tenured leaders in the SCM domain.

Under the stewardship of Dr. Manoj K. Srivastava (Area Lead, Operations Management at MDI), the club through its endeavors strives to make life at MDI a great learning experience. Prof. Srivastava has been the visionary and the real guiding force behind the club. With his 22 years of rich experience and great teaching and mentoring skills, he continues to nurture, enrich and expand the knowledge and skills of the entire students' fraternity.

Annual Events

OpsTalks - The Operations Management Conclave

The Academic year 2020-2021 was remarkable as Opsession conducted its 3rd Annual Operations Management Conclave - OpsTalks 2020 at MDI Gurgaon, virtually. It was a proud moment for the club to host the Keynote Talk by Mr. Satyashri Mohanty, the Founding Director of Vector Consulting Group. The Keynote Talk was followed by two panel discussions on the topics of “Building a Resilient Supply Chain” and “Driving Sustainable Operational Excellence” by esteemed industry professionals like Mr. Dheeraj Shah from TCS, Mr. Ponraj Periswami from Wahl Clipper Corporation, Mr. Brish Ban Vaidya from Uber, Mr. Amol Nagar from GE Aviation, Dr. Rakesh Sinha from Reflexive Supply Chain Solutions and Mr. Ashish Mendiratta from Chamber of Visionary Supply Chain Leaders, both panel discussions being facilitated by the Operations Management faculty of MDI Gurgaon, Dr. Rajesh K Singh, Dr. Anupama Prashar and Dr. Manoj Kumar Srivastava. Each of the panel speakers shared their views on the topics and captivated the audience with industry perspectives, trends, drivers, and insights into what the future holds.

This year we are back with the 4th Annual Operations Management Conclave - OpsTalks 2021 to take it a step further with renewed enthusiasm. The club always tries to remain at the forefront of the happenings in the field of Operations Management and the talks this year will be focused on the theme “Industry 4.0: Revolution or Setback”. In line with this year’s theme of “Industry 4.0”, Opsession is collaborating with ThinC - The Business Technology Club at MDI Gurgaon for conducting OpsTalks-2021.

Opniscient – The Operations Case Study Challenge

Opniscient is the flagship event of the club. Opniscient 2020 was conducted as a Case study challenge that involved a live case study floated in the field of operations management. The event was conducted in collaboration with EFESO Consulting and KnoWerx Education Pvt. Ltd. with prizes worth 2.75 lakhs comprising APICS Certifications like CPIM, CSCP & CLTD worth Rs. 70,000 from KnowerX Education for every team member and a cash prize of Rs. 25,000 along with live project opportunity with EFESO Consulting. The case study revolved around “Operations Productivity and Demand Management'' and attracted the participation of more than 225 teams across India. The top 9 teams came down to the national finale which was organized virtually with Mr. Bharat Jain from EFESO Consulting and Mr. Nistush Tulsyan from KnoWerx Education being the jury. The team from SPJIMR, Mumbai emerged as the winners.

This year Opniscient 2021 will be conducted in two phases. Track 1 will consist of the flagship Case Study Challenge and Track 2 will consist of Poster Presentation Challenge, which we are introducing this year. The structure for the Case Study Challenge will be the same as last year consisting of a quiz, case submission, presentation, and will be floated across top B-schools. The Poster Presentation Challenge will consist of three rounds: a quiz, poster submission, presentation and will be conducted for top Undergraduate Colleges in India.

Optimus Prime – The Operations Simulation Event

National Level Operations Simulation Event is a two-round event starting with one-of-a-kind operations and supply chain management Treasure Hunt. This year the competition was conducted in collaboration with our title sponsor Henry Harvin Education and simulation partner Dare2Compete. Exciting prizes worth Rs. 51,000 were up for grabs along with certification course coupons from Henry Harvin Education to the Winners. The team from MDI Gurgaon emerged as the winners.

Women in SCM – International Women’s Day Event

For the first time in 2021, Opsession conducted an event tributed to exceptional women in the operations and supply chain management domain. The event will be conducted every year on the eve of International Women’s Day to inspire and encourage the women in the MBA community to take up fulfilling roles in the operations and supply chain field. This year we were blessed to have some of the industry’s top women leaders like Ms. Shweta Modi from Amazon, Ms. Shilpa Gupta from Flipkart, Ms. Seema Mohanty from Bayer, and Ms. Ittu Sharma from Kodan Solutions, and our own beloved faculty Dr. Anupama Prashar. The distinguished industry stalwarts discussed and promoted the topic of “Why Pursue a career in Operations and Supply Chain Management?”.

Core Activities

Certifications: Opsession in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) provides the Supply Chain Management Professional certification (CII-SCMPro) to students at MDI. The certification is recognized across industries with high standards and it consists of modules like Essentials of Supply Chain Management, Competitive Drivers of Supply Chain, Customer Relationship Management & Supplier Relationship Management, Role of Information Technology in Managing Supply Chains effectively, and Global Supply Chain Management.

OpStakes: The Annual Magazine of Opsession sharing the thoughts and articles coming from across the management student’s community. This year we received over 300 entries for the articles among which the best 10 are published in the magazine.

OpsLite: A 26-day infographic series explaining words/phrases starting from 26 English alphabets.

SCOPS Quiz: Week-long competitive quiz on the Club’s multiple social media handles with exciting prizes and opportunities for the winners.

OpsBite: Weekly newsletter highlighting the latest happenings in the world of Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Compendium: Annual deliverable collection of concise but detailed information about Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Knowledge & Experience Sharing Sessions: Bi-weekly/Monthly sessions for peer-to-peer learning.

Secretary – Sagar Shivaji Sakhalkar (pgpm20sakhalkar_s@mdi.ac.in)

Sagar Shivaji Sakhalkar

The Team 2021-22

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