New Delhi, October 28: NPS International School, Guwahati scripts history as the much-hyped and coveted “Best of All Awards” of the Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Control Award, 2013 was handed over to school authorities in a glittering function organized here on Wednesday. Otherwise dominated by the front-ranking institutions of the country, including SAIL (Steel Authority of India Limited, Bhilai and Bokaro plants); ITC Limited (ILTD Divisions); Kirloskar Cummins Limited, Pune; Larsen & Turbo; Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Limited, Anand; Tata Motors Limited, UP; Indian OIL Corporation Limited, Vadodara etc., in the “Best of All Awards” category over the years, the Guwahati based school becomes the first organization of the Northeast to win the award. The award carries a cash amount of Rs 5 lakh, a commendation certificate and a gold-plated plaque. It aims to promote quality services to the consumers and to give special recognition to organizations that contribute significantly towards the quality movement of India. Presenting the award at NDMC Convention centre here, Alka Panda, Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Rajat Moona, Director General, C-DAC were all praise of NPS International School, Guwahati in its achievement. “Since NPS become the first organization of the Northeast to win the award, this development will definitely inspire the people of the region. This will create new vistas in the development of the entire area,” Lamba said. Union Cabinet Minister Ram Villas Paswan had to cancel his attendance in the meeting as chief guest due to some unofficial circumstances. Receiving the award, NPS founder director Jitendra Nath Das spoke on improvement of education sector for development of the Northeast. “For overall development of the region, we must concentrate on improvement of the education sector. This award means a lot for the entire NPS team. This award will definitely create a new dawn in the NE,” director Das said. The Award is the national quality award given by the Bureau of Indian Standards, under Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India to Indian organizations that show excellence in their performance. NPS International School’s selection to the popular award is a matter of pride for the entire Northeast region of the country as the Award has been designed in the line with similar awards in other developed countries, like Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award in USA, Deming Prize in Japan and European Quality Control Award. The Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award is presented to organizations in five broad categories: large scale manufacturing, small scale manufacturing, large scale service sector, small scale service sector and best overall. Furthermore, there are 14 commendation certificates for organizations showing excellence in various fields, including but not limited to biotechnology, chemicals, electronics, food and drugs, metallurgy, textiles, jewelry, education, finance, healthcare and information technology. Informing this, director of NPS International School Das further said that a team of experts comprising S Bharadwaj, IIS, Director Nodal Officer (e-procurement), Department of Commerce (Supply Division), Ministry of Commerce; S Vijay Kumar, Director, MSME-Testing Centre (WR), Mumbai, Ministry of Micro, Small & Modern Enterprises; T Rangasamy, Director, Bureau of Indian Standards, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, etc., visited and inspected the school thoroughly few months back for this purpose. “Getting recognition from such a national organization is really tough. But breaking all barriers we achieved the feat and that too in the “Best of All Award” category. Now, people in the mainstream India will also look at the Northeast for quality control. Now, NPS International School, Guwahati will be considered as the torch bearer in this regard,” Das said. Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Control Award was introduced in 1991 after the death of former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi. The award aims to promote quality services to the consumers and to give special recognition to organizations that contribute significantly towards the quality movement of India.