The North-West region’s most prestigious quality awards were presented at the 11thNorth-West QualTech Convention held at CII here today.

Instituted by PTU Nalanda School of TQM & Entrepreneurship, the first School of Excellence of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, had 26 finalist companies from manufacturing as well as Service Sector competing.

CEO of the School, Mr Manish Trehan informed that the 26 finalist companies in the 11th North-West QualTech Awards showcased the best practices and how they saved over Rs.21 crores by implementing Total Quality Management practices.

Senior Advisor of Eminence of American Society for Quality (ASQ) and former Deputy Director of Tata Steels, Mr K.C. Mehra, gave away the awards at the function in the presence of Dr Dinesh Dua, CEO & Director, Nectar LifeSciences Ltd.

Sona Koyo Steering Sysem, Dharuhera, Haryana, lifted the Vardhman Quality Navigator Award trophy for the Large manufacturing category, with Mondelez India Foods, Baddi, and Vardhman Textiles, Baddi, as first and second runnersup.

The Trident QualityPioneer Award for manufacturing units in Medium Business category, Gates India of Lalru, won the trophy, while the first runners up was Winsome Textile Industries, Baddi.

In the Service Sector, the Quality Innovator Award trophy was won by Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket; while Max Super Speciality Hospital, Okhla, and Chaitanya Hospital Chandigarh, were adjudged as the first and second runners up respectively.

In the Small Business category, the Winsome Quality Pathfinder Award trophy went to Betts India, Baddi, Farmparts Company of Ludhiana was the first runners up, and Aqua System Pvt Ltd, Mohali was the second runners up.

SKG Engineering Company, Ludhiana, got a JURY SPECIAL AWARD, since the workers at the shopfloor had developed an inhouse a robot system to improve productivity.

Mr K C Mehra, the chief guest & the keynote speaker in his address expressed his happiness at the growing stature of these Awards as reflected in the enthusiastic participation of companies in the competition. The vital and intense role that quality plays in achieving towards perfection cannot be overemphasized, he added.

Mr Anindya Sarangi, Director Business Development for South Asia as an advisor to ASQ South Asia, informed that ASQ has entered into strategic alliance with PTU Nalanda to further enhance and strengthen the eco-system of total quality management in the region, and encourage individuals to go in for globally-recognised certification.  He informed that the ASQ shall also be setting up local chapter with the industry and community participation.

One of the pioneers in initiating the quality movement in the northern region, Padmashri Chandra Mohan, Chairman of the School’s Governing Council, said that India today needs global techno-entrepreneurs to raise the competitiveness of the Indian manufacturing sector.

Earlier in the afternoon a Panel Discussion was organized on the topic “Towards Global Competitiveness to Make in India Roar” moderated by ASQ India and South Asia Director Mr Anindya Sarangi, in which Regional Medical Director of Fortis Hospital Mohali, Dr Gurbir Singh; Sudhendhu Bali, Mentor of Entrepreneurship and Incubation Cell, PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh and Mr Vijay Garg, Joint Managing Director of IOL Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Ludhiana participated and discussed the challenges and opportunities for the Indian businesses in the changing global scenario.