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IIT Honoris Causa Doctorate for Venu Srinivasan, Chairman, TVS Motor Company Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Chennai: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Khargagpur conferred the Honoris Causa Doctor of Science (D. Sc.) on Mr. Venu Srinivasan, Chairman of TVS Motor Company, for his outstanding contributions in the field of Quality Movement and Manufacturing Excellence.

Earlier recipients include former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Mother Teresa, Ratan Tata, N R Narayana Murthy, Satyajit Ray and Lord S K Bhattacharyya, to name a few. So far, twenty one dignitaries have been awarded with honorary degrees.

Speaking on the quality movement adopted by TVS, Mr. Srinivasan said "It is really the whole group of us who worked from around 1989 for about ten years."

"We made it possible, a few thousand people to build the standard of quality and quality processes in management and design, production which met the approval of the Japanese institute of Quality, called Japan Institute of Science and Engineers. We got the Deming prize, the first in India and one of the handful of people that got the Japan Quality medal. I therefore accept this honour on behalf of all my colleagues who have worked very hard to make this possible” he added.

Sundaram-Clayton and TVS Motor Company have been awarded the prestigious Deming Prize by the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers, Japan. Mr. Srinivasan is an engineer with a Masters’ Degree in Management from Purdue University, USA. He is the first Indian industrialist to receive an honorary ‘doctorate degree in science’ from the University of Warwick, UK, for excellence in manufacturing and contribution in the field of technology and R & D. He has also received the Jamshetji Tata Life Time Achievement Award 2004 from the Indian Society for Quality.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Venu Srinivasan said, "I have no words to express how sincerely and deeply I appreciate this honour because it comes from the crème-de-la-crème, the premier IIT of India. When you come a look at how it was, a prison a detention center for people aspiring to build modern independent India and how Panditji on that hallowed ground built the first ‘temple of modern India’ as he liked to call the institutions of technology and industry, it is really very moving."

The Honorary Consul General of Republic of Korea, Chennai, and a Member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade & Industry, Mr. Srinivasan has also held positions as President of The Automotive Research Association of India and as President, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. He is currently the President of Chamber of Indian Industries.

Mr. Srinivasan was chosen as a ‘Star of Asia’ by Business Week International, along with the Chairman of Toyota, Japan.

The 55th Convocation Ceremony was presided over by Mr. B Muthuraman, Chairman of the Board of Governers, IIT Kharagpur while Mr. R Gopalakrishnan, Executive Director, Tata Sons was the chief guest.

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