25 years of Qimpro Awards – Part 2

As you are aware, Qimpro Awards recently celebrated its 25th edition this November. In my previous blog I had enumerated the many virtues of our Qimpro Platinum Standard winners in Healthcare—Dr. Milind V Kirtane and Education—Dr KV Kuppusamy.

This week I will be talking about three other stalwarts who received the Qimpro Gold Standard for outstanding leadership in Business, Healthcare and Education.

Our Qimpro Gold Standard – Business for 2014 is Dr Pawan Goenka. Often referred to as the ‘Father of the Scorpio’, Dr Goenka is Executive Director & President, Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited. He is acknowledged internationally as an expert in automotive design, development, engineering and manufacturing. Dr Goenka uses his left-brain scientific thinking to its full potential. His ability to engage his left-brain with his creative right-brain is what makes him exceptional.

Currently, the scope of Dr Goenka’s responsibilities include the businesses of: SUVs, commercial vehicles, two wheelers, and tractors. Each has a unique mix of target customers, and therefore, business strategy. A mega strategy adopted by Dr Goenka is to consolidate several common processes, for competitive advantage: sourcing, logistics, IT, and talent management.  As a result, Mahindra & Mahindra has text-book supply-chain management capability.

The modest Dr Goenka is a Distinguished Alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, USA. Currently, he is Chairman, Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Our Qimpro Gold Standard—Healthcare for 2014 is Dr Prem Nair. He is the Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (AIMS), Kochi. He has an egalitarian and altruistic approach to life.  He specializes in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Liver Diseases.

Over the past sixteen years, AIMS has grown from a 115 bed specialty hospital, to a 1450 bed super-specialty tertiary care health centre, with an attached medical college hospital. The annual patient turnover at AIMS is over 4, 60,000 out-patients and almost 40,000 in-patients. Of these, two-thirds receive either free or concessional treatment. In addition, almost half the 60,000 surgeries are performed free.

Dr Nair is a perfectionist. He has quality and reliability in his DNA. AIMS was the first medical college in India to be certified by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare (NABH).  Also, being an educational institution, AIMS has been certified by the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC). In order to make NABH and NAAC effective management systems, Dr Nair has implemented Continual Quality Improvement, organization-wide.  Always challenging the standard. This is what makes AIMS different.

Our Qimpro Gold Standard—Education is Prof (DR) Mukti Mishra, is Co-founder and President of Centurion University of Technology and Management. This is the first multi-sector private state university through legislation of Odisha Legislative Assembly. And the first and only privately managed university in the tribal area of the state. The University has two engineering colleges, two management schools, several industrial training centers, two vocational training institutes, two entrepreneur development institutes, and three high schools.

Centurion University has embarked on a challenge: Making 100,000 tribal youth employable and deployable by 2020. The challenge has greater significance because these youth pick up guns when they have no alternative means for employment.

Prof Mishra has had a brilliant track record both as student and teacher. After a brilliant career in the corporate sector with Fortune 500 companies, for 15 years, Prof Mishra gravitated to teaching. He taught at business schools across Africa, Australia, China, India, Malaysia, and Singapore.

The genius in Prof Mishra felt restricted with the boundaries of academic teaching. He had a larger dream. His first step was to acquire an ailing engineering institute, the Jagannath Institute for Technology and Management, and thereafter to transform it into Centurion University of Technology and Management.

Prof Mishra also created social entrepreneurial outreach entities under the banner Gram Tarang. These entities work directly with communities and link the underprivileged regions to the mainstream market.

I wish to invite you to nominate winners for the next edition of Qimpro Awards scheduled to be held late in 2015.

Let us spread the message of the exemplary work done by our winners and assist them however we can in their noble missions.


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