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XLRI hosts its flagship techno-operations event CYGNUS 2019

20th November, 2019

XLRI - Xavier School of Management recently hosted its flagship techno-operations event Cygnus 2019. The event was jointly organised by AXIOM - The Operations Club and SOCRATES - The IT Club of XLRI under the theme "Industry 4.0". The conclave included various events with emphasis on technologies like IoT, Data Analytics and Blockchain and their implementation in Operations Management. Cygnus 2019 focused on the applications of IoT and how it has started shaping the Industries.

Cygnus 2019 aimed to help management students become accustomed to new technologies and promote innovation in businesses. Technology promotes innovation, making businesses more efficient and competitive in the market. Cygnus intended to provide students a valuable insight into the rapidly developing technological space, thereby helping them stay ahead of the game and make informed technology related decisions as future leaders.

The conclave kicked off with an interactive workshop on Industrial IoT conducted by Mr. Arup Chakraborti- Founder, Greenwave Solutions Pvt Ltd, having led the transformation of many manufacturing plants with IoT and manufacturing Intelligence, Mr. Arup explained the various applications of IoT. The 3-hour interactive workshop session opened up the students to a plethora of avenues of IoT. It was followed by a guest session on Digital Twin by Prof. Surjya K Pal - CoE on Advanced Manufacturing Technology, IIT Kharagpur and a workshop on Industry 4.0 by Ms. Smriti Agrawal - Head, Digital and Analytics, Tobacco Division, ITC.

The second day was graced by guest sessions on TATA Steel's journey in Intelligent Manufacturing, delivered by Mr. Ranjan Kumar Singh - Head, Slab Casting and Mr. Akshay Khullar - Chief, LD2 and Sand Casters.

Case competition, Encephalon was held on operations management, in association with Swiggy, where student teams from Delhi Technological University and NITIE Mumbai, took home the winners and runners up prizes respectively.

A participative session on Industry 4.0 by Mr. Shailender Singh, DGM- Business Excellence, from ITC Paperboards and Specialty Paper Division and the unveiling of XLRI's IoT lab drew the event to a close.

About AXIOM:

Every manager must be adept in handling operations to bring about cost savings and creating efficient processes is the norm of the day. The role of Operations and Supply Management in achieving this cannot be undermined. AXIOM is an initiative, started in 2004 by the students and the faculty of XLRI to help the students gain an insight to the intricacies of industrial and operations management. It is an attempt of this society to extend the understanding of the international best practices and develop interest among students for the same. We endeavour to spread awareness and understanding of managing production processes and delivering services by organizing quizzes, simulations, guest lectures, live projects and plant visits. We try to facilitate Certifications for the student community and help in Effective Knowledge Sharing.We further intend to contribute to the industry as a body of students and experienced faculty, by providing a platform for industrialists to share their thoughts. We release the AXIS newsletter, a compendium of latest developments in the industry.


SOCRATES (The Society for Rapid Assimilation of Technology and Systems) is a functional committee created to provide a thrust to the Systems academic area and to upgrade the IT infrastructure in XLRI. It was created with the intention of bringing technology closer to the global business leaders of tomorrow. The aim is to provide a platform where future managers can gain experience from real-life issues and problems in Management of Information Systems.Socrates overlooks the maintenance and up gradation of the IT systems at XLRI. This includes providing necessary student inputs to Academic Information System (AIS). We have also developed, on our own initiative, XL Dock- a mobile application for students to access academic content on the Android Platform. Socrates also provides key inputs to administration on maintenance of the network infrastructure.

About XLRI:

XLRI-Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur is a premier, private management institute in India founded in 1949 by Fr Quinn Enright, S.J. in the 'steel city' of Jamshedpur (www.xlri.ac.in). Over the last six decades, the institute has grown into a top-ranking business management school of international repute with a wide portfolio of management programs and research publications. Its alumni are spread around the globe and have demonstrated responsible business leadership in their organizations. XLRI continually strives to contribute its mite to the professional growth and management of numerous organizations and institutions across industry sectors. XLRI has been awarded two prestigious International Accreditations, viz., AACSB - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and AMBA - Association of MBAs. XLRI has also earned the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) accreditation.