The 10th North-West QualTech Convention concluded with 23 companies competing for the North-West QualTech Awards here today at CII.

PTU Nalanda School of TQM and Entrepreneurship, the first school of excellence of Punjab Technical University, instituted the Awards in 2004.

Mr. Rakesh Verma, Secretary Technical Education Punjab gave away the awards to the participating companies in the four categories.

In the manufacturing category, Reliance Industries won the Vardhman Quality Navigator Award for large business while Philips India was the first runners up. Johnson & Johnson Pvt. Ltd. and Mondelez India Foods Ltd. shared the position of 2nd runners up in the same category.

Mahavir Spinning Mills won the Trident Quality Pioneer Award for medium business while Winsome Textile Industries was the 1st runners up.

The Winsome Quality Pathfinder Award for small business was won by Hella India Lighitng Ltd. and S.K.G. Engineering Company were the runners up. In the service sector category, Globe Toyota won the Educomp Quality Innovator Award whereas Quadrant Televentures Ltd were awarded the runners up prize.

Out of the 38 nominations received from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, 23 were shortlisted as finalist who made presentation to the jury showcasing the best quality practices which helped them save Rs.25 crores for their respective organizations in last one year.

Chief Guest at the Awards ceremony, Rakesh Verma, Secretary Technical Education Punjab, complimented the PTU Nalanda for continuing to promote total quality management in the region which would also help benefit the industry realise the “Make in India” dream for the country.

Chairman of the School’s Governing Council, Padma Shri Chandra Mohan, said that the onus of building a great nation lies on engineers and entrepreneurs by ensuring high quality in our production and services.

Earlier in the morning, Srinivas Kamisetty, Managing Director of Claas India, remarked that entrepreneurs must be ready to constantly improve and change the product as per the expectations of the consumers.

PTU Nalanda’s NWQT Convention also hosted a panel discussion on “Zero Defect: Mantra for ‘Make in India'”, which was chaired by Maj Gen (Retd) N.K. Dhir, former Director of Defence Institute of Quality Bangalore, with Nectar Life Sciences CEO Dinesh Dua, Mahindra & Mahindra’s COO Viren Popli, and Max India Group’s Senior Director for Quality Prashant Hoskote, as panelists.