At the recently held Executive Committee meeting of the National Institution for Quality & Reliability (NIQR), Mr. K. Manikandan, Head MPS, RSO & Logistics – Vice President, Ashok Leyland Ltd., was elected as the National President of the National Institution for Quality & Reliability (NIQR) for 2021-23. NIQR has its headquarters in Chennai.

Mr. Manikandan is an automotive industry veteran with over 28 years with Ashok Leyland in various functions, starting as a GET and moving up the ranks. He is one of the youngest National President of NIQR. He has complete understanding of the Electric Vehicle Architecture and led the complete development of Electric Bus at Ashok Leyland. He is Six Sigma Black Belt and JUSE trained TQM professional, who has assisted two plants to receive the prestigious Deming Prize. During the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India, he was instrumental in NIQR contributing Rs. 25 lakhs to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Fund. As the President of NIQR, his vision is to make NIQR a Global Organisation to reckon with.