The National Board for Quality Promotion will develop quality concepts among manufacturing units, Girdhar J. Gyani, Secretary General of Quality Council of India, said.

He told The Hindu here on Friday that the board would set up 50 chapters a year across the country. These chapters would have financial support in the 12th Plan period.

The members would share their best practices when they would sit together, Mr. Gyani said.

Coimbatore would be one of the 50 chapters to be opened. It would focus on manufacturing, education, healthcare, and public services here.

For the 12th Plan, budget was approved for the chapters, and funds were expected soon for Bangalore and Mumbai chapters, he said. The national centre would send experts from its pool to these chapters. The board was also standardising the training programmes.

New programmes

New programmes that were on the anvil were producing certified quality engineers and managers.

The modules for these were taken from Quality Council of Indiana. The industry could train professionals in these. A programme on lean management would also be offered.

The Quality Council had National Accreditation Board for hospitals and for certification bodies already.

It recently signed an agreement with the Union Ministry of Labour to revamp the 2,000 government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and 6,700 private training institutes in the country.

The curriculum, examination methods, etc. in the ITIs were studied, and based on this, states such as Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal were doing an in-depth study of their training institutes.

About 50 per cent of faculty in the Government ITIs had also been trained, Mr. Gyani said. The Council had identified 34 skill assessment bodies.

These would be used by the state governments to evaluate the institutes.

The aim was to develop skills of students so that they could be absorbed by the industries immediately after completing their studies, he said.

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