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CII Quality Summit opens today

Special Correspondent

Top brains of the corporate world will discuss `breakthrough management'

Bangalore: The 13th Quality Summit, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, Institute of Quality, begins here on Thursday, with the theme "Building global competitiveness for inclusive and sustained growth".

The three-day summit will unfold at the NIMHANS convention centre here. (The organisers clarified that there is no change in the schedule of the programme for Thursday).

The summit has two parallel sessions on "Quality in education" and "Quality in higher education". Principal Counsellor and Head, CII Institute of Quality, S.K. Kakkar, said: "The theme underscores the essence of the role played by the institute through its continuing training programmes held in different parts of the country." The focal point of discussion among other aspects of quality will be the fairly new concept of "breakthrough management". "India needs breakthrough management to improve its competitiveness globally." The summit serves as an important quality check exercise through exchange of views and presentation by experts from international arena and domestic companies.

"The goal has been to make the industry competitive and ready itself for increasing its growth in the international market."

Over 750 delegates are expected to attend the conference. Some of the speakers include Surinder Kapur, Chairman and Managing Director, Sona Koyo Steering Systems; R. Seshasayee, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland; Matabee Kenji Maeda, honorary Chairman and Director, Maeda Corporation; Shoji Shiba, former Professor, Sloan School of Management; Bob Hoekstra, Chief Executive Officer, Phillips Electronics; Subodh Bhargava, Chairman, VSNL; Sam Pitroda, Chairman, C-SAM Inc; S. Sadagopan, Director, IIIT-B; Samir Inamdar, President and CEO, GE Consumer; Ravi Uppal, Vice-Chairman, ABB; Kiyomichi Ito, Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar; Subroto Bagchi, COO, Mindtree Consulting; Yarlagadda Nayudamma, Guntur Government General Hospital; Paul Basil, CEO, Rural Innovations Network; Robin Mann, Founder and Head of the Centre for Organisational Excellence Research, New Zealand; Martin Searle, General Manager, SAI Global, Australia; Harry Hertz, Director, National Quality Programme, USA; and Chris Lebeer, CEO, European Foundation for Quality Management, Belgium.

The pre-Quality Summit CEOs' (Chief Executive Officers) conclave organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, Institute of Quality, drew over 70 top management personnel who congregated at Lucas TVS to study best practices and recognize elements of manufacturing excellence.

The CII Quality Summit gets underway here from Thursday. The three-day summit is going delve into issues pertaining to business excellence at the global level and how Indian companies can work towards it.

The chief presenter K.R.A. Nair, Executive Director, and N Ravichandran, President of Lucas TVS, shared their business strategy in seven key areas with the executives.

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