This meeting was held to discuss the association of Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) with the Laxminarayan Institute of Technology Alumni Association (LITAA) to have a synergy for common goal of industrialization in the region on 2nd December at VIA.
Girish Deodhar, Chairman of VIA MSME Forum welcomed all the guests present from LITAA and said VIA is more than a 5-decade old organization continuously working for the industrialization of the Vidarbha Region. Due to this pandemic, the world is not as comfortable with China as it was earlier. Many countries including India are banning imports from China. Keeping in mind the “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” initiative of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji, Even Hon’ble Union MSME Minister Shri Nitin Gadkariji in most of his recent motivational speeches for Industrialists and Entrepreneurs have emphasized that Indian industries should start manufacturing products in the following types of industries: i) Import Substitute ii) Export Oriented. Last year’s export turnover of China was 3200 billion dollars. VIA members’ profiles are widely divided into 15 potent sectors and the Chemical & Pharma Sector is one of the prominent sectors over here, we have already taken a series of meetings with leading industrialists of the Vidarbha Region to see which projects can be established. LITAA has a great membership base spread across the globe and we are here to see how we can match our synergies for a common goal and to promote industrialization in Vidarbha Region.
Suresh Rathi, President of VIA in his welcome address welcomed the eminent guests present from a very esteemed organization LITAA. We had lots of meetings with industrialists and can we differentiate the Chemical & Pharma because both are very diverse segments and our main objective is to get industries and investment in this region. We always run after big companies but now we are looking towards MSME as well, so the whole objective is to see how we can handhold the smaller industries in the region
Ajay Deshpande, Chairman of LITAA said LITAA was founded in 1996 by Dr. Bagde and the aim was to create opportunities for placements, felicitating meritorious students. After our staff started getting retired, we had a delay in recruiting a new team. In the year 2016, Dr Mankar came back and called a few aluminees, Now we are putting our efforts to get the status of Autonomy to this institution, we are also doing various projects for LIT, We are registering a section 8 company for incubation centre in LIT named Technovision Foundation, We have a huge pool of talent under one umbrella. Now, apart from this, our one more objective is to promotion of industries. We as a pool of talent can provide the details of the different projects which are viable to set up here in this region and VIA can provide the administrative support to materialize this joint effort. There are various industries in our area, which imports required material from outside of this region or out of India, we can help the industries & businessmen to setup these industries. Further, he said we also have connections with big venture catalysts who may be interested to invest in new projects. Further, they said that the cluster approach can be a turnaround point for this region.
In the process of discussing various project falling under the SME sector like Pharma, Chemical, Food & Bamboo etc which are feasible in this region. Feasible projects under all these areas will be identified by the technocrats and the same will be shared with the entrepreneurs of this region. They also discussed to see the opportunities for exports oriented projects in the region. It was also decided to hold a meeting every fortnight to see what are the feasible projects can be started by entrepreneurs by above said sectors.
Gaurav Sarda, Hon Secretary – VIA summed the discussions and said that this is the golden decade for going forward and starting with such great enthusiasm. We should continue this synergy and know each other well. We should also work for the common policy. We feel not just these sectors but we may also see what can be done something result oriented for other sectors too.
From VIA : Dr Suhas Buddhe, Vice President VIA & Anita Rao, Jt. Secretary and from LITAA : Madhav Labhe, Vice President, Utkarsh Khopkar, Treasurer & Arun Lanjewar, Secretary, Vinod Kolkatwar, Member (South Chapter) were prominently present and also shared their views