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Optimist on top at quality meet

NTTF RD Tata Technical Education Centre in Jamshedpur on Tuesday and (above) principal Lt Col KV Nair with the ICQCC trophy. Pictures by Bhola Prasad

If there is a problem with your computer, trust NTTF RD Tata Technical Education Centre to come up with a practical solution. Always.

A team from the centre, at Jamshedpur’s Golmuri, has created a record of sorts by bagging three stars — the best rating — at a total quality management convention at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently.

The team, which calls itself Team Optimist, competed with 249 others from across the globe to bag top ratings at the International Convention on Quality Circle Competition (ICQCC) 2012 for the sixth year running. The competition was organised by the Malaysia Productivity Council at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre between Oct. 14 to 17.

Co-ordinator of the NFFT quality circle team Satish Joshi said the institute had designed a much appreciated alarm circuit that safeguarded the CPU of a personal computer from unscrupulous use.

This was the only students’ team that had participated in the event and had to compete with techies from companies like Tata Steel, Tata Power, Samsung, Honda, Sony, Nippon Steel, Toyota and SAIL, among others.

“The team developed a unique circuit, which if fixed to the CPU of a computer, sends out alarms every time someone tried accessing the machine without proper authorisation,” Joshi said.

Keeping in mind rampant thefts of hard disks, RAMs and other computer parts, the students decided to work on this concept, he claimed. The four-member team, Anurika Kaur, Deoki, Anuj Kumar, Abhijit Ranjan, guided by a few faculty members, won a certificate and a trophy from the Malaysia Productivity Council at the convention.

The team had to first participate in an institution level competition, after which they qualified for the chapter level round. The team excelled at the chapter level too, held at Bengal’s Durgapur, thereby booking a slot for the national level that was held at Hyderabad Quality Circle Forum in India.

Having floored the judges there, the team then made its way to Kuala Lumpur for their final hurdle. The team had to give a presentation there to explain their innovation and the process as to how the circuit worked.

Faculty members of the institute, who are pumped up with the achievement, believed that the laurel would help in motivating the students further in following a culture of quality management in their lives.

“We were not the only team that bagged three stars. In fact, around 30 per cent of the total number of teams participating in the event were accorded top ratings. However, ours was an all students team and we received a standing ovation from the crowd at the end of the event,” co-ordinator Joshi said.

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