Staff Reporter

Quality circles play a crucial role in economic development

Skills of workers being fully utilised

Quality circles promote creativity

TIRUCHI: The concept of Quality Circle movement which has revolutionised the manufacturing sector through the effective participation of grass-root workers, should be extended to service sector too, observed the Executive Director of Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL), Tiruchi, A.V. Krishnan.

Inaugurating the two-day 18th chapter convention of the Chennai Chapter of the Quality Circle Forum of India here on Saturday, Mr. Krishnan explained the significant role being played by the Quality Circles in enhancing productivity and safety.

The skills of workers and their in-depth knowledge were being fully utilised. While technical innovations were aimed at improvement to end-product, the quality circles promoted creativity, he said.

Mr. Krishnan underlined the importance of extending the concept to service sector. Quality circles have a greater responsibility especially at a time when GDP growth had suffered a setback in the wake of global recession.

He advised the delegates present on the occasion to take up case studies with a focus on creativity in ideas. “Low-cost automation and cost-reduction should be addressed,” he said.

The Chairperson of Quality Circle Forum of India K. S. Babai said that quality circles played a crucial role in economic development as indicated by the theme of the convention ‘Quality Circle - an ideal tool for economic growth.’

Its vice-chairman, B. Palaniappan said that as many as 107 delegates representing quality circles participated in the convention which would conclude on Sunday.

Earlier, Mr. Krishnan conferred the “QCFI Outstanding Contribution Award’ on the Chairman of Nihon Technology, M. R. Ranganathan.

He also presented the ‘5S Performance Award’ to the Chairman and Managing Director, Susira Industries Limited, Seetharamaiah.

The citation on Mr. Ranganathan referred to his achievements including the formation of the ‘Institution – Industry Cooperation Programme’ between Hiyoshi Corporation and Indian institutions. His ‘Talk your way to Japan’ concept facilitated a number of students to visit Japan every year. The citation on M/s Susira Industries Limited referred to its employees’ involvement towards enhancing productivity and quality in co-ordination with management. Mr. Krishnan also released a souvenir and the first copy was received by the Director,

Institute for Knowledge Potential Management, N. Rangaswamy.

The General Manager, Rane TRW Steering System, Viralimalai, K. Sudhakar and the former president of Chennai Chapter of the Forum, A. Sanjeeva Rao were among those who spoke.