Adil Zainulbhai, former head of McKinsey India, would chair the apex accreditation body in India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed McKinsey India's former chief Adil Zainulbhai as the chairman of the Quality Council of India (QCI).
QCI, an autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, is a joint creation of Indian industry to operate the National Accreditation Structure for conformity assessment bodies and provide accreditation in the field of education, health and quality promotion.
It runs its accreditation programmes through two boards.
The National Accreditation Board for Education & Training runs accreditation of schools, while the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers runs accreditation of hospitals, nursing homes, blood banks, and primary health centres based on their respective accreditation standards.
“I am pleased to inform you that the Prime Minister has approved your appointment as Chairman of the QCI for three years from the date of assumption of charge,” a 15th September letter to Zainulbhai from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said.
A former chairman of McKinsey India, over the last 10 years, Zainulbhai has advised corporate leaderships of major companies in India and abroad.
“It is a privilege to give back via an institution with a strong focus on quality. I hope to bring in and promote quality consciousness throughout the country. It’s going to be an enriching and exciting journey,” he said.
Zainulbhai’s span of work includes catalysing Indian companies to become successful globally, helping public sector undertakings become more efficient and effective, and working with MNCs to enter India and build profitable, large and innovative businesses.
Co-editor of ‘Reimagining India’ that features 60 global businessmen, academicians, economists, authors and journalists, he has also worked with several parts of the Government and led efforts around urbanisation, inclusive growth and energy.
He serves on the boards of Reliance Industries, the American India Foundation, Saifee Hospital, Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (redeveloping Bhendi Bazaar in Mumbai), Network 18, and the advisory board of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
Formed in 1997, QCI is represented by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM).
QCI has also been tasked with monitoring and administering the National Quality Campaign. Under this, it propagates concepts of quality and best practices among suppliers of products and services, even as it empowers consumers to demand quality through awareness programmes, conduct of surveys, publications, media campaigns and specialised training courses.
Combined inflation for urban and rural areas eased marginally to 7.80% in August 2014 from 7.96% in July 2014. Inflation in urban areas eased to 7.04% in August from 7.42% in July. Food inflation in urban areas eased marginally to 8.40% in August from 8.45% in July. Inflation for vegetables in urban areas declined significantly, to 7.68% in August from 11.38% in July. Inflation related to fuel & power declined marginally to 2.69% in August from 3.24% in July. Inflation for housing remained steady at around 8.50%. Inflation for clothing stayed at 7% and miscellaneous items declined marginally to 5% in August from 6% in July.