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Quality Council of India to focus on improving quality standards of 10 lakh SMEs in next 3-5 years

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February 09, 2015 | COMMENTS ( 0 )

Quality Council of India to focus on improving quality standards of 10 lakh SMEs in next 3-5 years

The Quality Council of India (QCI) said it would focus on manufacturing and services sectors and infuse improved quality standards and target 10 lakh small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the next three to five years.

This was stated by QCI Chiarman Adil Zainulbhai, after he signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with American Society for Quality (ASQ), a global leader in quality improvement and standards, recently.

The strategic alliance between QCI and ASQ would roll out quality-driven programmes in the country, as part of its strategic plan to implement and boost Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' initiative.

The QCI partnership with US body will enable institutionalization of new quality paradigms in the field of training and delivery processes in manufacturing, healthcare, education, service industry and also in public service delivery processes.  

"The prime objective of this alliance is to focus on quality of goods and services. We will be targeting manufacturing and services sector and want to improve quality in one million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the next few years. In addition, QCI along with ASQ offerings would like to fundamentally improve the quality of the government services delivered to the citizen," said Zainulbhai.

QCI has planned to reach out to 10 lakh SMEs with its quality improvement programmes from the present 10,000 SMEs in the next three-five years.

"The scope of the joint programme has now been considerably expanded to cover domains of manufacturing, education, healthcare, governance and service. The MoU is culmination of the recent meetings of the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the President of US Barack Obama," said Amit Chatterjee, ASQ India Chief.

"The MoU paves the way for a new platform for two professional organizations of the two democracies - QCI for India, and ASQ India on behalf of the US body of engineers and management honchos -- to address the issues that hold development and national 'Make in India' Initiative. Our aim is that quality should be demand-driven rather than supply-driven," said Dr Ravi Prakash Singh, Secretary General, QCI, who along with Mr Vipin Sahni, CEO, NABET, has been instrumental in forging partnership with ASQ, the world's leading organizations in the field of quality standards.

Reciprocating Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, US President Barack Obama, during his India visit, pledged of $4 billion in investments and loans to Indian enterprises. He called the action as the "untapped potential" of strategic business partnership between the two countries.

The MoU between QCI and ASQ India would act as an integrated catalyst to initiate the joint activities in the domains of processes in manufacturing, education (for skills development), healthcare, to begin with, in Indian enterprises.

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