History

The Quality Council of India (QCI) is a pioneering experiment of the Government of India in setting up organizations in partnership with the Indian industry.

Background

Since 1992 a need had been felt for the establishment of an accreditation body in the country to establish internationally acceptable mechanism for recognition of conformity assessment results. With regards to laboratories, an accreditation body under the Ministry of Science & Technology was already functioning. A committee which included various interested ministries and stakeholders including industries was established to make suitable recommendations. 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. Key recommendations included "the need for establishing an organization jointly by the Government and the industry" and "the need for the organization to be self-sustaining and be away from the government".

Accepting the recommendations, the Cabinet Committee decided to set up Quality Council of India as a non-profit autonomous society registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 to establish an accreditation structure in the country and spread the quality movement in India by undertaking a National Quality Campaign.

The Chairperson of Quality Council of India since inception:

Mr. Ratan N. Tata 1997 - 1999
Mr. Venu Srinivasan 1999 – 2001
Dr. R. A. Mashelkar 2001 – 2007
Mr. Ajay Shankar 2007 – 2010
Mr. Arun Maira 2010 – 2013 (Sept)
Mr. Saurabh Chandra 2013 (Oct 2013) – 2014 (Feb)
Mr. Amitabh Kant 2014 (March) – 2014 (Sep)
Mr. Adil Zainulbhai 2014 (Sep) till date

 

The Secretary General of Quality Council of India since inception:

Mr. Vijay Kumar Mediratta 18th Oct. 1998 to 14th Nov. 2003
Dr. Girdhar J. Gyani 3rd Dec. 2003 to 21st May 2012
Mr. B. Venkataraman 22nd May 2013 to 31st Aug. 2014
Dr. Ravi P. Singh 29th Sept. 2014 till date
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