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COLOURFUL: Models displaying Mysore Silk saris during a function to present the IMS certification to KSIC in Bangalore on Tuesday.
BANGALORE: After its turnaround to a profit-earning public sector unit, Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation (KSIC) Limited has added another feather in its cap by bagging the Integrated Management System (IMS) certification for putting its systems and procedures to conform to ISO standards.
The formal function held at a hotel in the city to hand over the IMS certificate to the manufacturer of the famed Mysore Silk saris also coincided with the retirement from service of KSIC’s Chairman and Managing Director P. Vijayan, who is credited with steering the KSIC out of the red.
Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao, who was present, said the handing over ceremony of the IMS certificate to KSIC was a fitting tribute to Mr. Vijayan on his last working day. “Probably, KSIC is the only public sector undertaking to have bagged the IMS certificate if not in the country at least in Karnataka,” he said.
During the last few years, Mr. Rao saidthe KSIC had transformed itself from a loss-making undertaking into a profit-making entity by steadily registering a profit of around Rs. 5 crore. “The amount of profit may not be huge. But, considering the scale and nature of production, KSIC has done a creditable job,” he said. Earlier, Mr. Vijayan said KSIC became eligible for the IMS certification pursuant to a detailed audit carried out by the International Systems Certification Agency, TUV Rhineland. “We managed to secure the certification as a result of our sustained efforts over the past four years. As a manufacturing industry, KSIC is concerned about the quality of its products and also customer satisfaction, environmental protection and health and safety of its employees,” he said.
He said KSIC, which has its manufacturing units situated at T. Narispura and Mysore, sells its products — Mysore silk saris and other finished goods — through its own showrooms, six of which are located in Bangalore and four in Mysore, besides one each in Chennai, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram.
Managing Director of TUV Rhineland Enrico Ruhle, who was the guest of honour, complimented KSIC for striving to ensure that its systems and procedures conformed to the ISO standards.
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