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Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh, has been honoured with the ‘Silver Award’ at the 12th QCI – DL Shah Quality Awards – 2018, for the case study ‘Zero Discharge Environmental Friendly Educational Campus’. The Award recognises Chitkara University’s successful Project Organisation, resulting in continuous improvement of processes and services through cost-effective operations model with increased stakeholder satisfaction. Chitkara University is the first University in the country to receive this honour for the case study among 1,000 industries, service sectors and MNCs that participated, to get this recognition, by showcasing the quality standards maintained at their respective premises.
The QCI-DL Shah Quality Awards (Project-based) were launched in 2007, and are positioned PAN-India as the recognition for successful projects of an organisation. Chitkara University is following innovative technology for solid and liquid waste management, proper hostel and kitchen hygiene, mechanized food preparation and laundry management, proper water storage and pipeline systems, quality of drinking water and green cover on campus. It has a paper recycling plant where 100% waste paper recycling is done to produce papers, folders, envelopes, and carry bags for in campus usage. Hydroponic farming is done on the campus based on nutrient film technique thus producing vegetables and fruits for consumption within the campus. Infrastructure design of the University supports natural air conditioning, energy absorbent buildings in terms of light and air efficiency to avoid air conditioners. University also has wastewater recycling by dual plumbing and effective and effluent treatment plant on the campus. It uses effective rainwater harvesting pits for groundwater recharge, uses solar energy for electricity and water heating on a large scale and many more environment-friendly initiatives.
The QCI-DL Shah Quality Awards have been instituted with a view to promote awareness that performance improvement through quality initiatives is an important element for gaining a competitive edge. Hon’ble Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor, Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh, said, “Chitkara believes in creating, inventing, innovating, managing challenges and solving problems thus improving the quality of life at the campus. We are honoured to be counted among the best for successful Project Organization, and this gives us further motivation and inspiration to continue our best efforts.”
Dr. Varinder S Kanwar, Vice-Chancellor, who received the award at the ‘NextGeN Mobility’ Quality Conclave held at Pune said, “I am very pleased and honoured to accept this award on behalf of Chitkara University. We at Chitkara believe in continual improvement within the organization, leading to vibrant, thriving and prosperous future at Campus.”