INDUSTRY VISIT -SPM PORT ||21 SEPTEMBER 2023
A glimpse into the historical Syama Prasad Mookerjee (SPM) Port, Kolkata, as the Procam Centre of Excellence at Army Institute of Management Kolkata (AIMK) organized the visit for AIMK Operations students on 21 Sep, 2023. Guided by Mr. Rajiv Karar of the SPM Port, the students witnessed the activities of this bustling gateway to the eastern part of India.
BSE INSTITUTE, KOLKATA
On 28th July, 2023 the Finance Specialization students of MBA -26, Army Institute of Management Kolkata visited the BSE Institute Camac Street, Kolkata. The Primary purpose of this visit was to understand the inner workings of the stock market and how one can supplement their earnings by investing in the shares of different companies listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange
The briefing given by the Regional Manager, Mr. Shubhayu Das, was exhaustive and covered the myriad aspects of the stock market and the BSE. He began by informing us that Asia’s largest and oldest stock exchange celebrated its 150th Foundation Day on 10/07/2023. A new logo of the BSE was also released on that day to mark the occasion. Incidentally the Army Institute of Management Kolkata was celebrating its 27th Foundation Day on the day of the visit Mr. Das also highlighted the fact that the BSE is the world’s fastest stock exchange with a speed of 6 microseconds.
He also explained the meaning of an “Index” in the context of stock markets. Mr. Das then went on to highlight the importance of the S&P BSE SENSEX. The S&P stands for the Standard & Poor’s, a global ratings agency, while SENSEX stands for “Sensitivity Index”. Therefore, this index represents the movement of stock prices in the stock market and their “sensitivity” towards various factors.
Apart from the Bombay Stock Exchange, there are 6 exchanges in India. They are: Calcutta Stock Exchange(inactive), Metropolitan Stock Exchange of India, Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX), National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange, Indian Commodity Exchange (inactive), and the other main Stock exchange of India; the National Stock Exchange (NSE). We were also shown a “live demo” of the online trading and data viewing aspects of the BSE website. The speaker also demonstrated the use of several informational softwares and websites like investing.com, screener.in, metastock, moneycontrol.com, etc.
The BSE Institute also offers various education programs for beginners and amateurs to learn the art & science of stock trading, investing, and developing a 2nd source of income. The visit ended with the presentation of a memento to Mr. Shubhayu Das by our esteemed Professor, Dr. J. N. Mukhopadhyay.
Mr Das believes that investors, especially young graduates like us, should move away from only investing money in real estate & gold and instead also focus on the share market. They should thoroughly research and identify high quality companies and hold the shares for yielding excellent returns in the long term. This resonates with the idea that our faculty DrJnm also propounds.
We are thankful to the Institute for arranging this visit and the learning experience accorded to us.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT – TITAGARH WAGONS LTD.
The first Industrial Visit for MBA-26, was conducted on 15th November, 2022. The location for the visit was Titagarh Wagons Ltd. in the Anandapur area of Kolkata. The company manufactures coaches for the Indian Railways, bailey bridges, and mining equipment. Titagarh Marines, a subsidiary company of Titagarh Wagons Ltd., operates in the shipbuilding industry. The tour was organized under the Placement Cell and was co-ordinated by Ms. Ananya Singh of Section A, MBA-26. The main purpose of this visit was to provide an insight into the practical aspects of businesses and topics related to the MBA program.
The welcoming employees of the organization arranged a guided tour of the various sections of the factory. From the perspective of an MBA student, we could observe the Organizational hierarchy, the styles of leadership, the day-to-day operations of the factory, the supply chains involved, the various financial aspects that would have to be considered in order to bid for, secure and execute each ship or wagon building contract.
We also learnt that the company was founded in 1997 by Jagadish Prasad Chowdhary with an annual production capacity of 180 wagons. Since then the company has grown manifold and supplies various products apart from wagons. Some of the products and services that the company is engaged in, are:
- Rolling stock
- Locomotive shells
- Rolling stock
- Electric locomotives
- EMU trainsets
- DEMU trainsets
- Light rail transports
- Body shells
- Propulsion & electrical equipment
- Coastal research vessels
- Naval vessels
- Passenger ships
- Inland vessels
Other engineering services
In 2015, the company acquired the brand name and know-how of French cast steel bogie manufacturer Sambre et Meuse. In July same year, they acquired a 90% stake in Italian rail equipment firm Firema Trasporti for about 25 million euros. The remaining 10% stake was acquired by them in June 2017 from an Italian company Adler Plastics SpA. The company was subsequently renamed as Titagarh Firema SpA. Titagarh Firema designs metro rail coaches and manufactures them at its factories at Caserta, Spello and Tito.
In 2019, Titagarh Firema was awarded the contract to supply 102 aluminium bodied metro rail coaches for the Pune Metro by Mahametro. While 3 of the total 34 rakes would be manufactured at the Firema plant in Italy, the remaining 31 trainsets would be manufactured at TWL's facility in Uttarpara. However in March 2020 due the COVID-19 pandemic it was decided that the company would have to suspend the planned operations in Italy.
The production site we visited is primarily meant for the shipbuilding and goods train wagons side of the vast business of Titagrah Wagons and its various subsidiaries. Our hosts took the opportunity to also explain the technical details of the production operations, the measurements, the terminologies used and the various phases of production that a vessel and wagon go through before we get to the form we see them in our daily lives.
We went aboard the under-construction ship MV MA LISHA being built for Guyana in South America. The supervisor of the project explained to us the various sections of a vessel such as the MV MA LISHA, and how the different parts are first built/casted separately and then assembled. After assembly, the vessel goes through various quality control and safety tests before it is signed off setting sail to its destination country. We obviously clicked plenty of pictures to document this cool experience of ours.
The wagons side of the manufacturing facility was less “exciting” since we were mostly told to keep our safe distance for the heavy machinery and the not to get in the way of the employees working there. Nonetheless, the explanations and demos we got more than made up for it. Some of the information regarding the specifictions of the designs and materials, etc. were said to classified and hence not open to public discussions, which alos gave us a window in the competitive world of wagons and shipbuilding industry.
Overall there was a lot to learn from the vist and a few of the takeaways have been summarised in this report. Each individual also took some unique learnings back with them and would cherish the memories and the learnings for a long time to come. We are thankful to AIMK for this opportunity of learning and hope that there are more such visits in the future.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT – ROLLICKS ICECREAMS PVT LTD
On 29th February, 2020, 58 students received the opportunity to visit Prestige Pvt ltd – parent company to Rollicks ice-creams, for an industrial trip. There, the students got the know-how about the working of the factory. From the Freezing room to the packaging rooms, the tour gave the students an interesting first-hand experience of the industrial process and helps develop the technical knowledge in a realistic and practical way. There we got to understand the practicality of the 7 Ps of marketing with respect to the place – Area of sales, pricing – Different pricing in different locations, product – production process, promotions – advertising and other sales strategizing process, people – the stakeholders of business, process – the process of transportation and sales.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT AT GRSE ON FEB 2020
A 3-day(6 Feb-8Feb) industrial visit to Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd.(GRSE LTD) run under the Ministry of Defence, is the only riverbase shipyard in India. In the year 1884, it started as a repair shop under the British rule and later with time evolved to be a well listed company that designs and build ships catering the current and future requirements of Indian Navy and Indian coastguard. Till now they've built around 100 warships the last one was "IN LCU L56" and the next one in making is "P-17 Alpha". The whole process of building of the ship was briefed to us like the design of the ship to be made is generated first and after that the work starts in plate preparation shop, where processes are done to remove rust from iron, colour and cut them according to the required dimensions. Then it goes into the ship building shop where separate blocks of the ship are constructed and later assembled to form the ship. At the end it's tested in the waters and delivered accordingly.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT AT MUKHOROCHOK ON FEB 2020
Mukharochak Company is one of the most popular, respected and time-tested brand of India, hails from Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Mukharochak offers multiple variants of Chanachur in different segments along with traditional sweets ranging from Rosogolla to Sonpapri. The company grew in immense popularity through the decades. Mukharochak’s entire unit is spread across 6-7 acres of intensively maintained properly with highest hygienic surroundings and standards. It is an ISO 9001:2008 and 22000:2005 certified company with a production capacity of about 10 tons per day.
The students of AIMK, MBA-23 batch, got an opportunity to visit the production unit of the company in Kolkata. The visit was very informative as it provided an insight to the Distribution channels, Inventory, production process, promotion strategies, marketing strategies etc. The interaction with the various departments provided a holistic view of the company which is focussed mainly on the nutritional value of the products. The visit was quite interactive and informative. A token of appreciation in the form of Memento was presented to the CEO of Mukhorokok, Mr.Pranab Chandra.
INDUSTRY VISIT TO RAMCO CEMENTS LTD, 13 JAN 2020
INDUSTRY VISIT TO The Ramco Cements Limited is the flagship company of the Ramco Group, a well-known business group of South India. It is headquartered in Chennai. The Ramco Cements Limited was established in 1961. The main product of the company is Portland cement, manufactured in eight state-of-the art production facilities that include Integrated Cement plants and Grinding units with a current total production capacity of 16.45 MTPA (out of which Satellite Grinding units with a capacity alone is 4 MTPA).
Total 80 students with two faculty members had gone for this industrial visit. The students not only learnt about the scientific process involved in grinding and packaging cement for distribution, but also the supply chain management and other operational decisions involved. The visit gave insight into how smooth functioning at the plant is ensured on a daily basis.
INDUSTRY VISIT TO HALDIA PETROCHEMICALS LTD (HPL),10 JAN 2020
Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd (HPL) is a competitive modern naphtha based Petrochemical Complex located 125 kms from Kolkata, at Haldia, West Bengal, India. It is a prestigious Joint Venture project having the Government of West Bengal, The Chatterjee Group, and the TATAs with the Indian Oil Corporation, etc. as major stakeholders with an investment of Rs 5864 crores. HPL is one of the largest petrochemical companies in India with a total capacity equivalent to 7, 00,000 TPA of ethylene.
Being a responsible corporate citizen, HPL lays special emphasis on ensuring community welfare and protection of environment. Since inception, HPL management through several initiatives has ensured that harmonious relationship is maintained with the surrounding society and measures were taken to improve the conditions of the deprived people.
Overall the visit was a good learning for all the students they were made familiar with Production Process, Promotion Strategies, Distribution Channel, Material Handling and Quality Testing. The first industrial visit of MBA-23 batch goes really well. Over there students learnt number of things which includes business strategy, CSR of the industry and employee benefits. As well as the technical aspects of petrochemical industry.
The one most important learning about this trip is that “Best resource of any business is man power” as quoted by Bivas Roy Choudhury Senior Manger HR and Admin, HPL
Lastly the trip comes to an end by giving a token of thanks to Maj Gen (Retd) Ashok Kumar, Chief HR and Admin, Haldia Petrochemical Ltd.
INDUSTRY VISIT TO HPCL, 2019
An industrial visit was to Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Visakhapatnam was successfully completed, between 08 - 11 April, 2019 for a group of 20 students accompanied by two faculty members, Prof. Protik Basu and Prof. Debaleena Chatterjee.
Mr Raja Rao, the General Manager- HR and Mr Udit Nandi, General Manager- Operations welcomed the students and gave a briefing on the overall background of HPCL. The briefing included a presentation on the crude oil exploration, basic refining techniques (Crude Distillation Unit, Vacuum Distillation Unit, Fluid Catalytic Cracking, Hydrodesulphurization, Hydro treating, Coking, DHDS, Hydrogenation, etc.,) and petroleum products (Light gases, gasoline-Motor Spirit, Kerosene, Diesel, HSD, Fuel Oils, Bitumen, Tars, etc.).
Mrs Sudha Mohan, the Chief Manager-HR of HPCL informed the students about the career and training programs that are offered in HPCL. She emphasized on the training initiatives taken by HPCL such as Akshaypath and Periscope, which acts as a stage to enhance competencies of officers working at HPCL. Mr Chandrasekhar, Sr. Manager- Technical gave an in-depth knowledge about the processes that are involved in order to convert the crude into products and by-products. He also told about the future projects of HPCL and the efforts of HPCL in reducing the sulphur emission for the safety of environment. After the presentation session, Mr Padmanavan, Sr. Manager- Operations, accompanied the students in a vehicle to show all the refining units in the HPCL Campus which was about 723 acres. During the visit, students were shown the admin department, the Control Room, the occupational health centre for emergencies and regular checkups, the fire station, the intermediate storage tanks such as 5 LPG Mounted bullets, water storage tanks, CDU’s, Vacuum tower, the control wall and the Burning flare. The students were given brief information about major tanks, pipes and their functions. The coordinators cleared the doubts of the students on various operations/equipment. The DHT control room is the brain of the whole HPCL production unit. The whole process that is undertaken at HPCL is controlled by DHT coordinators with their Auxiliary console machine. The students were benefitted by the practical exposure of the man and machine management involving the unit operations. Overall the students felt the visit very pertinent, stimulating and educative. The students got an opportunity to learn things practically in a real-time functional environment through interactions, witnessing the working methods and clarifying their doubts with experienced workers. With an aim to go beyond classroom teachings, this visit developed the insight of the students – attaining practical knowledge and their theoretical applications thereof.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO COCA-COLA (DIAMOND BEVERAGES (P) LIMITED) 2019
On 10th of April 2019, twenty students from MBA-22 batch of Army Institute Of Management, Kolkata had gone to the bottling partners of Coca-Cola-Diamond Beverages Private Limited For an industrial visit.
Diamond Beverages Pvt.Ltd (DBPL) is an authorized bottler of the Coca-Cola Company, manufacturing and selling different products under Coca-Cola brand name.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO TSPDL, 2019
On the 21st and 22nd of February 2019, students from MBA-22 batch of Army Institute of Management, kolkata have gone to the Jamshdpure plant of Tata Steel Processing and Distribution Limited (TSPDL)for a industrial visit.
TSPDL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel. It is a pioneer and leader in organised steel processing and cutting industry. With 8 large processing units, 11 distribution centers and other stakeholders, today TSPDL is Indias larest steel survice center Organization.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO KHAITAN WINDING WIRES PVT LTD, 2019
An Industry visit was organized by Army Institute of Management Kolkata on 12 Feb 2019 at KHAITAN WINDING WIRES PVT LTD at Jalan Industrial Estate, Howrah. Students of MBA batch 22 along with one faculty member participated in this. Students were exposed to the production process along with marketing, HR and Financial issues of the factory. It was a learning experience for all the students.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO SHAPOORJI PALLONJI REAL ESTATE, 2019
On Thursday, 7th of February, students from MBA22 got an opportunity to visit Shapoorji Pallonji Co. Group of students including Dr. Sweta Rani headed towards the project location named as ‘Sukhobrishti’ near New Town, Kolkata.
As group reached the place, they were offered to sit in the conference room followed by refreshments. The Project Manager guided us through the current project which was ‘Sukhobrishti’ which when elaborated means ‘Rain of Happiness’. The project clearly focussed to provide shelter to the lower class and family of the middle class earnings at affordable and reasonable price.
This project was initiated by West Bengal Government in 150 acres of land in the outskirts of City of Joy. After this we were accompanied by two of the representatives towards the site of construction. There was no local or cheap quality of raw materials was being used and also they have got the certification of quality and tested by concerned department. The impeccable quality was the marbles which was supplied from Rajkot, Gujarat and the wall consists of concrete and reinforcement without bricks i.e. R.C.C walls.
The safety and precautions which were adopted at site were as follows:
•Safety helmets were compulsory
•Emergency Ambulance service was active
•Safety shoes were mandatory
•No water is to be collected to avoid ‘DENGUE’
In the end we headed towards a sample flat which was 2BHK in mint condition with 780 square feet area and provided with all amenities, cost around 28 lakhs.
It was great experience on being to a place where representatives cordially interacted and guided in through the whole site. It was a day of immense honour and satisfaction as we were finally leaving for our auspicious campus.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO TATA MOTORS, TSPDL, TATA STEEL CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, ISWPL-WRM, 2018
An industrial visit to TATA MOTORS, TSPDL, TATA STEEL CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, ISWPL-WRM was organized by Army Institute of Management Kolkata on 26-27 March 2018. A team of 25 students, 2 faculty & Director Sir visited the all the plant are located in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.
TATA Steel Centre of Excellence, located near the Jubilee Park in Jamshedpur gives the visitors a holistic view of the pioneering efforts of the founders of Tata, the planners and technocrats of yester years who shaped the destiny of the country and shaped her path towards industrialization. Students of Army Institute of Management Kolkata got to visit the museum which contained the life synopsis of the founder of the Tata group – Mr. Jamsedji Nusserwanji Tata. Under the guidance of Mr. Swarup Sengupta , the students clocked back in time to understand the life and times of the great industrialist pioneer of our country.
Students of Army Institute of Management Kolkata got the opportunity to visit the Bara unit in Jamshedpur set in 1997. Headquartered in Kolkata , TSPDL’s sophisticated processing facilities include hot rolled, cold rolled, coated and uncoated and rebar. The plant is equipped to process and deliver processed steel rolls to its vendors. TSPDL has been partnering with TATA Steel in delivering the best product and service quality to reputed OEMs in India like Tata Motors, TVS, Ashok Leyland, Toyota, Ford, Hyundai,Honda, Maruti Suzuki etc.
ISWPL-WRM is a subsidiary unit of TATA Steel Ltd. and is one of the oldest plants in India. It was established in 1935.The Mill has a capacity to produce 220000 MT of Finished Goods per annum. ISWP Rodmill is the only mill in India which produces 6mm Fe 500D TMT Rebars. With help of M/S Shloemann AG, Germany its roughing and intermediate section was modernized in 1960 whereas in 1988-89 Danieli Morgardshammar ‘No Twist Mill block ‘ was installed.
At Tata Motors their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts are focused on improving the quality of life of underprivileged communities neighboring their business operations. Their interventions focus on health education employability and environment impacting over 5,80,000 people in India.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO DIAMOND BEVERAGES PVT. LTD
A batch of 23 students of MBA21(2017-19) and a faculty member, Dr Swapna Datta Khan visited Diamond Beverages Pvt. Ltd, Kolkata on 28 Mar 18. The visit was insightful and educative regarding the manufacture and marketing operations of the company with respect to the product: Sprite 2 Litre Bottle.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO HALDIA PETROCHEMICALS LTD.
An industrial visit to Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd was organized by Army Institute of Management Kolkata on Thursday 15 March 2018. A team of 23 students, 1 faculty & Director Sir visited the plant, located in Haldia West Bengal. The manufacturing process, packaging, storage, logistics and the HR policies of the factory have been briefed to the students, followed by the plant visit.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO BRITANNIA INDUSTRIES LTD.
An industrial visit to Britannia Industries Ltd.”, 15, Taratala Road, Kolkata-88, was organized by the Army Institute of Management, Kolkata on Wednesday, 21 February 2018. 21 management students of MBA-21 with Professor Debaleena Chatterjee visited the oldest manufacturing unit, the mother plant that runs 24*7 in three batches. This was an eye opener experience for the students to observe and learn the process of procurement, operations, inventory management and packaging strategies with the market leader of biscuit industry in India.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO SHAPOORJI PALLONJI REAL ESTATE
An industrial visit to “Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate”, New Town, Salt Lake, Kolkata, and WB-700058 was organized by the Army Institute of Management, Kolkata on Friday, 23 February 2018. Fifteen management students of MBA-21 with 1 faculty visited to Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate to interact with the industry to understand current market scenario, about the development in the project. In this visit students were eagerly waiting for listening to industrial higher authorities.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO EMAMI
An industrial visit to “EMAMI INDUSTRY LTD.”, 13, Barrack pore Trunk RD, Rathala, Santhi Nagra Colony, Belghoria, Kolkata, and WB-700058 was organized by the Army Institute of Management, Kolkata on Thursday, 08 February 2018. 25 management students of MBA-21 with 3 faculties visited to Emami Industry to interact with the FMCG industry to understand current market scenario, latest demand and criteria for selection etc. In this visit students were eagerly waiting for listening to industrial higher authorities.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO SBI (State Bank of India)
An industrial visit to SBI LHO, Samriddhi Bhavan, 1 Strand Road, Kolkata-700001.
It was organized by the Army Institute of Management, Kolkata on Thursday, 08 February 2018.
INDUSTRY VISIT TO COCA COLA
Students of AIM K visited Coca Cola plant on 18 March, 2017.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO EMAMI
Organized industrial visit by the Institute at Emami Industries on 18 March, 2017.
INDUSTRY VISIT TO GARDEN REACH SHIP BUILDERS & ENGINEERS LTD
Organized industrial visit by the Institute at GRSE.
It was based on the handling of raw materials and management of workers and inventories on 8 th Sept 2016
INDUSTRY VISIT TO COCA COLA
Students of AIM K visited Coca Cola plant in Kolkata on 29 th April 2016 .
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO EMAMI
Students of AIM K visited Emami Industries on 28th April 2016 .They saw manufacturing departments, machines,
equipments, packaging etc.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO ITC LTD.
Students of MBA – 16 and 17 were taken to the ITC Kidderpore factory which is a Cigarette manufacturing industry. The students were accompanied by The Director of Army institute of management- Maj Gen (Retd.) Dr. S C Jain and also by the revered faculty.
INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO RIFLE FACTORY,ISHAPORE
Students of both batches, MBA-16 and MBA-17, went on an Industrial visit to Rifle Factory Ishapore,
Other Industry Visit
Apart from the above industry visit, students from MBA with Director Maj Gen (Dr)SC Jain, VSM**(Retd) visited different plants Like Tata viz. Tata Steel, Tata Motors, ISWP, etc. to get exposure to automated manufacturing processes The team also visited the XLRI campus and many more.