The Quality Council of India (QCI) will celebrate its Silver Jubilee today, 6 October, 2022 at the Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi with a special event intended to share India's journey of growth, accelerated by the enhancement of quality. Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, and Textiles, Piyush Goyal, will be the Chief Guest at the event.
To celebrate the 25 years journey of quality and excellence that India stands for, QCI has launched a marquee campaign-"Gunvatta Se Atmanirbharta: India's quality movement". This campaign aims to celebrate India's quality hubs, raise awareness about India's landmark achievements and tell people about the initiatives that India is embracing with an aim to enhance the quality of lives of all our citizens.
Silver Jubilee of Quality Council of India
- On completion of 25 years of QCI, it launches a marquee campaign-'Gunvatta Se Atmanirbharta' to celebrate India's commitment to quality.
- The celebration event will comprise of panel discussions on the quality ecosystem as QCI being an enabler for 'Make in India'. This discussion is focused on achieving India's growth vision for 2047 through speed, scale, digitalization & quality, and discussion on the 'Heal in India-Heal by India' initiative.
- Remarkable contributors to India's quality ecosystem will be recognized through several award ceremonies instituted by QCI with its partners.
Achievements of QCI
Since its establishment, QCI has played an important role in India's economic growth and living standards of citizens.
Speaking fondly about the journey of QCI in the last 25 years, Adil Zainulbhai, Chairperson, QCI says, "QCI is proud to have played a part in making this happen through its various accreditation boards and through its assessment and measurement of services delivered to the citizens of India, enabling them to lead quality lives."
Dr R. P. Singh, Secretary General, QCI says, "We take pride in the character that we have fostered here at QCI - of fearlessness, of vision, of leadership and of making a difference for a better tomorrow. We have inculcated technology in our work for faster, higher and better credibility. We want to remove the distinction between national and international quality, and make India a forerunner in quality."
QCI aims to play an even bigger role in the overall growth of India by leading it to become a developed economy by 2047.
About Quality Council of India
QCI was established in 1997, jointly by the Government of India and the Indian Industry represented by the three premier industry associations with Mr. Ratan Tata as its first Chairman.
Three premier industry associations who helped establishment of QCI:
- Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM)
- Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
- Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
Over the past 25 years, QCI has created various boards such as:
- National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)
- National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH)
- National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB)
- National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET)
- National Board for Quality Promotion (NBQP)
QCI has set up these boards to take over the functions of accreditation and quality promotion.
The real growth in the third-party assessment across schemes promulgated by the government came after the year 2015, when government started relying on QCI to provide a sheet of independent feedback without any fear or favor through organisations accredited under the ambit of QCI.
Many government departments have now created guidelines which provide for testing, inspection, and certification to be done by NABL and NABCB accredited organisations.
This has been a major shift in the policy of country where third party agencies are given the responsibilities to collect and analyse data and fill the gaps in implementation of schemes for the welfare and quality life of common people.
History of QCI
The Quality Council of India is a pioneering institute of the Government of India in setting up organizations in partnership with the premier Indian industry.
Since 1992 a need had been felt for the establishment of an accreditation body in the India to set up internationally acceptable mechanism for recognition of conformity assessment results.
The work was coordinated by the then Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion - DIPP (now "Department for Promotion of Industries and Internal Trade" - DPIIT) and the recommendations were submitted to the Cabinet in 1996. Recommendations were given to establish a self-sustaining organisation which is away from the government.
While accepting the recommendations, the Cabinet Committee decided to set up Quality Council of India as a non-profit autonomous society. This council was registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 to establish an accreditation structure in the country by undertaking a National Quality Campaign.
Chairpersons of QCI since Establishment
- 1997 - 1999: Mr. Ratan N. Tata
- 1999 - 2001: Mr. Venu Srinivasan
- 2001 - 2007: Dr. R. A. Mashelkar
- 2007 - 2010: Mr. Ajay Shankar
- 2010 - 2013 (Sept): Mr. Arun Maira
- 2013 (Oct 2013) - 2014 (Feb): Mr. Saurabh Chandra
- 2014 (March) - 2014 (Sep): Mr. Amitabh Kant
- 2014 (Sep) till date: Mr. Adil Zainulbhai
Aim of QCI
QCI was set up to lead nationwide quality movement in India by involving all stakeholders for emphasis on adherence to quality standards in all spheres of life activities by protecting interests of the nation and its citizens.
Key Objective of QCI
To achieve the Mission of QCI by playing an important role in propagating, adoption and adherence to quality standards in all important spheres of activities including environment protection, governance, education, healthcare, social sectors, infrastructure sector and other areas of organized activities that have significant impact in improving the quality of life and well being of the citizens of India.