Chandigarh, The Kshitij Quality Circle from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Manesar was awarded the ‘Winners Trophy’ in the 26th CII Quality Circle Preliminary Competition organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Chandigarh Council here today. The ‘First Runner-up Trophy’ was won by Drishthi Quality Circle from Godrej & Boyce Mfg Unit Ltd, Mohali and Nai Umang Quality Circle from Gabriel India Ltd, Parwanoo, bagged the ‘Second Runner-up Trophy’. ‘Victorious Quality Circle’ from Swaraj Engines Ltd, Mohali were given the consolation prize.
Mr Man Mohan Singh Kohli, Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council stressed that “Quality is a personal trait. It depicts the attitude of a person. We must, in all our endeavours, keep in mind the real objective and desired outcome. Quality circles are typically more informal form of innovation. Quality Circles when meet regularly on company time and are trained by competent persons, bring out innovations that lead not only to the productivity of the company but also leads to the growth of the nation. Participation in quality circles trains the individuals in basic skills of problem identification, information gathering and analysis, basic statistics, and solution generation. This leads to the development of individuals as well.”
“If you out of quality, you are out of business”, mentioned Mr Rohit Grover, Convener, MSME Panel, CII Chandigarh Council & Director-Commercial, JREW Engineering Ltd. “Quality Circles play a very important role in involving a wide cross-section of employees in any organization for improving quality through the exchange of ideas and views and sharing of experiences and various approaches to problem solving,” he added.
“We, in CII, embarked on the quality journey way back in 1998, as an act of faith. It was our way of saying that, let us, through our own initiatives, make the Indian industry competitive, efficient and strive for world class excellence. We want to create a new India, a modern Indian industry and a fulfilled society, an India, where quality is the watchword-in political leadership, in the bureaucracy, in industry, amongst individuals” said Mr Pikender Pal Singh, Regional Director, CII Northern Region. “Quality plays an important role in life, whether it is industry, society or individuals. These competitions inculcate the spirit of competition among the employees and help in enhancing their productivity and problem-solving skills. ” he added.
“Quality Circles are a unique method of problem solving by survey, consultation, participation at grass-root level, brain storming discussion, strategy planning and implementation. A quality circle encourages cooperation and teamwork,” said Mr Manish Trehan, Chief Judge and Chief Executive Officer, PTU’s Gian Jyoti School of TQM & Entrepreneurship. Other judges at the competition included Mr Ramesh Dhiman, Head Engineering, JREW Engineering Ltd and Mr Vinod Bhardwaj, Ex-Business Excellence Manager, Philips India Ltd.
In all, twelve Quality Circles made presentations on specific projects handled by them at their workplace which resulted in improving quality, efficiency and yield, and also reduced turnaround time. The assessment of the presentation was made on a weighted scale covering different aspects of the Quality Circle activity. The evaluation was based on factors like problem selection, analysis, solution, presentation, etc.
Quality Circles from companies like Auro Spinning Mills, Baddi; Auro Weaving Mills, Baddi; Bharat Electronics Ltd, Ghaziabad; Gabriel India Ltd, Gurgaon; Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Mohali; Punjab Alkalies & Chemical Ltd, Nangal and Sandhar Automotive, Gurgaon also participated.