Just yesterday evening I got to know about the resignation of a good friend and role model like Dr Rathnam from Amul. Apparently it came out as a news for most of us. However for people who have worked closely with him or knew him personally , its an emotional setback somewhere deep down in the heart.
We have a large number of entrepreneurial stalwarts in dairy industry across the nation, who have made the industry reach to a level today with their hardwork, wisdom and commitment over generations. Hatsun, Heritage, Parag, Paras, Goplajee, Dinshaw's, Tirumala, Dodla, Jersey ,Metro, Bholebaba, SMC, Nova, Kwality, Prabhat are a few from old heritage and Milky mist, Milk Mantra, Osam, Milklane, Country delight are a few from the new genre.
However when we begin to count the dairy professionals working with any of these groups or cooperatives like Amul, Mother Dairy, Nandini, Sanchi, Saras, Vita, Milkfed, Avin etc, we practically find not many names to recall.
Stardom for being a dairy professional and that too from the dairy technology front have very little names to reckon with. In contemporary environment we have the name of Dr Rathnam as a real star amongst dairy professional.
I still remember one of his presentations (out of many) at one of the DIC at Mumbai 2-3 years back in which he was sharing the case study of bringing robotics in milk pouch packaging and crate handling at some plant in western region. Introducing robotics for dairy is not that important but someone thinking about it and implementing on a commodity like poly pouch milk and making the whole show cost effective is the real acumen.
What I like about Dr Rathnam is his capability to apply knowledge and develop actionable strategy. His body language and gestures always exudes action . There is so much to learn for all of us from Dr Rathnam and I am unable to find appropriate words to pay my gratitude to him for his contribution to the industry.
As he desires to spend rest of the time with his family in US so I respect him more for his ability to maintain the work life balance so nicely and at this peak of his illustrious career in dairy industry.
I wish to have more dairy professional walking in his foot steps to re-imagine our dairy sector and the way things happen here in times to come.
This newsletter is more of my personal reflections for a great dairy professional like Dr Rathnam and I have done least of thinking and research while presenting it to you.
Happy e-learning to all of you
with best regards
Chief Thinking Officer
Suruchi Consultants (ISO 9001:2008 Company)