Activities Round Up

Date : 27 Jun to 27 Jun 2013
Place : New Delhi
Organised by : FISME

KNN briefing session elicits rich feedback from NCR partners


Poor infrastructure, rising cost of logistics, inadequate and costly power supply, disconnect between industry and academic institutions are some of the problems faced by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in various parts of the industries, said associations from small industries and management institutes invited by FISME to be part of a briefing session on Knowledge and News Network (KNN) on June 27, 2013 in New Delhi.

Over 150 MSME associations and 110 institutions (research, engineering colleges and business schools) have joined together to create an online media platform KNN. It will not only be a SME focused news agency  but will also run an internet based portal to be information clearing house for small businesses, associations  and institutions.

It will disseminate information through all formats: text, audio and video. KNN is being established with assistance from GIZ (German International Development Cooperation).

“Today, there is disconnect between industries and academic institutions, industries needs skilled workers and there is shortage for the same. The management institutes focus primarily on theoretical aspect and fail to understand actual requirements of the industries. The pace at which industries are changing does not match with the syllabus of the institutes, which changes once in five years,” said Cherian George, In-charge, Corporate Resource Management Centre (CRMC), Jagan Institute of Management Studies (JIMS).

There is need to bridge gap between the academia and the industries. Institutes should emphasize on practical work and encourage more internship programmes, he said.  

The briefing sessions was organized to apprise the KNN partner associations and institutions of NCR region of the development so far and to take their feedback on the beta version of KNN portal.

According to Animesh Saxena, owner of a reputed garment export house, the garment industry faced two main challenges: rising cost of transportation both inland and outbound and shortage of skilled staff especially in NCR region. He said that KNN should raise such issues effectively and let them be known to people concerned.  

“Infrastructure, governmental and labour support are not up to the mark in Manesar, Haryana. There are 2, 200 small industries in the area but only 500 of them are functional now,” said Manmohan Gaind, General Secretary, Manesar Industries Welfare Association. 

About power shortage, R K Aggrawal, Vice-President, All India Plastic Manufacturing Association said, “power shortage is a big problem in summer season in almost all parts of the country but Andhra Pradesh is worst affected. Manufacturing units can’t run without power supply and they were severely hit in the last month.”     

The briefing sessions have already been organised in Ahmedabad, Indore, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Coimbatore.