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New Delhi : Quality Council of India (QCI on September 16, 2021, launched Prof S K Joshi Laboratory Excellence Award virtually amidst eminent dignitaries from Government and Industry.This is country’s first-of-its- kind Laboratory Excellence Award. This Award has been instituted to promote Laboratory Quality and performance improvement in the country.

The award has been incepted to ensure a laboratory’s commitment to achieve excellence in providing high precision testing and calibration services in line with the prevalent national/international quality systems legislations, including Health, Safety & Environment. This award will be open to all currently operational Laboratories pertaining to Testing, Calibration, and Medical including their Proficiency Testing Providers and Reference Material Producers located in India.

Late Prof. S K Joshi was a luminary in the field of Science and Academica. He made a significant contribution in improving scientific research in India by serving as President-INSA, DG-CSIR, Director-NPL and Chairman-NABL. Prof. Joshi was felicitated with Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, CV Raman Medal of INSA, and several other prestigious awards, according to a PIB release.

Speaking on the occasion, Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman, QCI, said, “The goal of this award is to locate India’s best labs and to demonstrate to the rest of the world that our labs have the highest standards in the world.”

“Through its boards, QCI strives to improve the lives of ordinary residents by promoting quality and standards. It is also important to adopt the best quality system at every stage of life,” Prof. (Dr.) R K Kotnala, Chairman – NABL said. Dr. Shekhar C.Mande, Secretary – DSIR and DG – CSIR, expressed his happiness for this award being launched in honor of Prof. S K Joshi and said that in future more organizations will be inspired to improve their quality assurance and quality control.

Prof. (Dr.) Ranjana Aggarwal (Director – CSIR-NIScPR), remembered Prof. S.K Joshi as an excellent science communicator and leader who inspired a new generation of scientists and researchers to help India achieve worldwide success.

There are three Trophies (Gold, Silver, Bronze) in each category of Laboratory (Testing, Medical and Calibration) accompanied with cash award. The 5 stages of assessment by Technical Expert Committee (TEC) are Application Document Evaluation, Physical/Virtual Presentation, Site Assessment/Verification, Reference check, and Jury evaluation.