Bangladesh’s first-ever supply chain student club successfully organizes “SCA: Upstream”- an inter-university business case competition

On July 27, Monday, Supply Chain Alliance held the final round of its 1st national case competition “SCA: Upstream” and drew the end of this one month long grandiose event. Being the very first supply chain based club in the country, SCA announced its first national event on 1st July. Since then, there has been a buzz on Facebook that reached out to all the universities of the country and called for the students to join “The Quest to Solve All Problems before They Happen”. 

SCA works with the goal of upholding the importance of Supply Chain Management in business and economy towards the student community of the country and connecting them with the professionals in this field. During this quarantine, the world turned into an upside-down and everything stood still. In a situation like this, SCA wanted to come forward and do something for the students that could make an impact on their career. While everything was being affected due to COVID-19 in one way or another, there is no denying that the global supply chain was among those that had to take the brunt of the ongoing situation. Observing this, SCA thought of launching an event for students so that they could learn about the supply chain and its significance, contemplate its current situation and foresee the post-corona situation that the supply chain would have to adapt with. Moreover, in this way students would busy themselves with learning about the supply chain instead of getting bored at home, waiting for this phase to end. This is what SCA wanted for them, to get something productive out of this situation. 

With this plan, SCA initiated “SCA: Upstream” and invited students throughout the country to participate. The response was quite amazing. More than 300 teams, each consisting of 3 to 4 members, registered in the competition. Registration was open from 1st July to 9th July. The 1st round started on 10th July. In the 1st round, the teams had to present “Supply Chain Management & Its Importance” in an infographic or a video and solve a supply chain based business case simultaneously within the given time, July 15. From the 1st round, the judges selected the best 10 teams to qualify for the final round. 

The final round started from 20th July where they were given another supply chain-based business case to solve. They had to submit the solution, present it in a video, and submit both of them within 24th July. Afterward, they faced the judges online for a Q&A session on 27th July. The session took place on Google Meet.  

In the finale, the panel had the inclusion of 6 honorable judges. They were: Dr. Younus Kamal, Professor, Department of Accounting & Information Systems, University of Dhaka; Dr. Nasrin Akter, Professor, Department of Marketing, University of Dhaka; Mohammad Habibur Rahman, Director of Supply Chain, Marico Bangladesh Ltd; Mohammad Zia Uddin, Head of Supply Chain Service, Reckitt Benckiser, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka Cluster; MD Humayan Kabir Mollah, Head of Supply Chain Management, Summit Communication Ltd; and Mohammad Rashedul Alam, Head of Supply Chain, Bkash Ltd. Professor Yunus Kamal is the moderator and Professor Nasrin Akter is the advisor of the club.

Finally, after struggling hard to evaluate the top 10 finalist teams, the judges came up with the 3 winning teams. On 30th July, the result was published and the champion was ‘Team B&F4 Backbenchers’ from Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP); followed by the 1st runners-up ‘Team Bizmasters’ from IBA, University of Dhaka; and the 2nd runners-up ‘Team Hillrisers’ from University of Dhaka. 

The Champion team, the 1st runners-up team, and the 2nd runners-up team received 5,000 BDT, 3,000 BDT, and 2,000 BDT respectively with trophies and certificates. 

SCA aims to create a platform that connects supply chain professionals with students in order to enrich the latter’s knowledge and understanding of the supply chain and to enhance awareness regarding the practical applicability of such knowledge. The club formally commenced its operations in January 2020.

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