Saturday, January 31, 2009

BWI: 4th National Quality Conclave to Focus on “Quality for Empowering the Billion”

Press release from Business Wire India
Source: Quality Council of India (QCI)
Saturday, January 31, 2009 02:25 PM IST (08:55 AM GMT)
Editors: General: Economy, People, Social issues; Business: Advertising, PR & marketing, Business services, Education & training, Media & entertainment; Healthcare
Release no: 19110
4th National Quality Conclave to Focus on "Quality for Empowering the Billion"
Special Emphasis on the Role of Quality in Transforming India into a Developed Country; Panelists & Speakers to Deliberate on Issues, Challenges & Quality Roadmaps across Key Industries

New Delhi, Delhi, India, Saturday, January 31, 2009 -- (Business Wire India) -- Quality Council of India (QCI), India's apex quality accreditation & facilitation body, functioning under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion is organizing its 4th National Quality Conclave on the 5th and 6th of February 2009. The 2 day event would be held at Hotel Le Meridian, New Delhi.

With a powerful theme "Quality for Empowering the Billion", reflecting former President of India, Prof APJ Abdul Kalam's vision on the role of QCI, the conclave will focus on exploring the roles and responsibilities that quality is taking in order to respond to national initiatives on key issues for transforming India into a developed country. The theme is aligned with the focus areas of the Council, namely, Education, Healthcare, Public Services and Manufacturing. Within the framework of the theme, the Conclave will offer the participants an opportunity to update knowledge on innovative ideas and best practices relating to quality in industry, governance, education, healthcare, environment, conformity assessment and others.

The 2 day event comprising of 9 sessions will witness many eminent personalities and luminaries of national and international repute speaking and deliberating on the issues. More than 1000 delegates including policy and decision makers, academic leaders, healthcare experts, quality and environment experts, professionals, corporate, students, teachers and NGOs, will attend the sessions during the event.

The defining address will be delivered by Prof. Noriaki Kano, the world renowned educationist and scientist, who is the creator of the famed "Attractive Quality Creation" methodologies and techniques, also popularly known as the "Kano Model". Prof Noriaki Kano, is a recipient of numerous international awards in the field of quality management. Over the years, he has made outstanding contributions to industrial development through quality across different countries.

The plenary Session on "Quality for Empowering the Billion" will be addressed by Dr. Mrityunjay Athreya, renowned Management Expert and Mr. Vishal Bali, CEO Wockhardt Hospital and Prof E.Balagurusamy, Member UPSC.

Announcing the theme for the event, Girdhar J Gyani, Secretary General, Quality Council of India, said, "This year's theme "Quality for Empowering the Billion" is yet another firm step towards taking the nation on the road to excellence. This heralds the beginning of India's journey towards achieving excellence, by brining the spheres of education, healthcare and food within the ambit of quality aside of manufacturing and service sectors. This time around empowerment is being emphasized because autonomy, mobilization of adequate resources, providing state-of-the-art infrastructure, excellent team work, meticulous planning & evaluation, and above all, a firm commitment to excel are some of the vital ingredients of achieving this."

The event is being sponsored by the National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories and D. L. Shah Trust. QCI will also announce the D. L. Shah Award on "Economics of Quality - Best Projects on Cost Savings" during the event for which leading organizations have participated from across the country.

The event will offer a platform for the delegates to update their knowledge base and exchange ideas and thought related to implementation of quality standards in education, healthcare and public service.

The session on Healthcare will be addressed by Dr. Narottam Puri, President, Fortis Healthcare; Dr. Gautam Sen, Presidential, Healthcare International.; Dr. Arti Verma, Chief Medical Excellence Programme, Max Healthcare; Dr. Harish Nadkarni, Six Sigma Expert on healthcare; Dr. Geeta Mehta, President, Infection Control Society of India; Dr. K. Marikar, CEO, Malaysian Society for Quality Healthcare. Speakers will deliberate on strategic planning for improving clinical outcome, capturing voice of patients, good practices on infection control, applying six sigma in healthcare, developing clinical indicators and managing global quality in healthcare.

The session on Education will be addressed By Prof. Bhoomittra Dev, Vice Chancellor, Mangalayatan University, Aligarh; Dr. Dinesh, Advisor, Quality Assurance, AICTE; Shri R. Raghuttama Rao, Managing Director, ICRA Management Consulting Services.; Swami Ishatmananda, Secretary, Ram Krishna Mission, Arunachal Pradesh; Mrs. Rupa Chakravarty, Principal, Suncity School, Gurgaon and Shri Parimal Rai, Chairman, New Delhi Municipal Corporation. Panelists will discuss issues like emerging quality paradigms in education, impact of Washington Accord on Indian Education, technology and innovation management in education, value nurturing and integration in Schools and holistic development of students as well as school accreditation initiatives of NDMC.

The session on Quality in Public Services will be addressed by Mr. Padam Vir Singh, Joint Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration; Shri B.B. Nanawati, NeGP, PMU, Govt. of India; Dr. S.K. Agarwal, Vice Chairman, Transparency International India. Speakers will deliberate on issues like excellence in public service - issues and challenges; effective e-governance. There will also be case study presentation by Maharashtra Government on improvement of working of Zila Parishad.

The session on Manufacturing will be addressed by Prof. A K Choudhury, Six Sigma expert; Mr. Subir K Choudhury, Executive Vice President, JCB and by Tin Plate India Ltd. Speakers will deliberate issues like lean six sigma initiatives in manufacturing, cost reduction in supply chain management as well as best practice in manufacturing management.

The Session on Quality & Conformity Assessment will be addressed by Shri K P Nyati, Advisor, CII and Member EIA Technical Committee, Mr R K Sharma, Country Manager BVCI. It will discuss on topics like carbon footprint, ISO9001:2008 and other related topics.

The Valedictory address will be given by Swami Sarvolokanandji who will speak on the Indian spiritual way for improving quality of life.

Quality Council of India is today engaged in the endeavor of transforming all individual organizations into centers of excellence ,be it manufacturing industry, hospitals, educational institutions, or a public service establishment. The Quality Council of India in its own way, is facilitating different ministries/departments/regulators, both at the Centre as well as at the State level, to make use of conformity assessment structure, where appropriate. These initiatives are aimed at enabling government/regulators to deliver public services based on transparency, objectivity and competency, thereby assuring citizens of quality services/governance.

About Quality Council of India:

QCI was set up in 1997 as an autonomous body by the Government of India jointly with the Indian Industry to establish and operate the National Accreditation Structure for conformity assessment bodies. Indian industry is represented in QCI by three premier industry associations ASSOCHAM, CII and FICCI, QCI is also assigned the task of monitoring and administering the National Quality Campaign and to oversee effective functioning of the National Information and Enquiry Service. To realize the objective of improving quality competitiveness of Indian products and services, QCI provides strategic direction to the quality movement in the country by establishing recognition of Indian conformity assessment system at the international level.

Mr. Sagarneel Dutta, Mutual Public Relations Limited, +91 9811631746,
Mr.Sunil Singh, Mutual Public Relations Limited, +91 9899161154,


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