Published on July 30, 2021
The 117th birth anniversary of JRD Tata was celebrated at the JRDQV 2021 function on July 29, 2021. Mr. Ratan N Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons, and Mr. N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons, graced the function with their presence. The function was attended by 1000+ Tata employees and was conducted in a phygital manner. 40 senior Tata Leaders were in attendance at the Crystal Room of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel Mumbai and the other invitees joined the function virtually through the Tata Communications webcasting medium.
The event was hosted by Vinod Kumar, Assistant Vice President, Tata Business Excellence Group. The event began with the safety briefing, and the ceremony to light the divo. A short film commemorating the philosophy and values of JRD Tata was then screened.
S Padmanabhan, Chairman - Governing Council, Tata Business Excellence Group, provided a brief update on the progress made by Tata companies in the areas of excellence in the past year, which included activities in Business Excellence, Data Excellence, Safety Excellence, and Social Excellence. He also elaborated on the Best Practices that have been exchanged between Tata companies through the mediums of webinars, implementations and the EDGE portal.
The JRDQV Awards were then presented. This year, five companies across four categories were recognised at the JRDQV event: The company that crossed the 500-point mark – under the category of Active Promotion; companies that crossed the 550 point mark – under the Emerging Industry Leader category, and the companies that crossed the 650 point mark – under the Industry Leader category. Tata AIG was recognised for Active Promotion of TBEM, Tata Technologies and Tata Motors Finance were recognised as Emerging Industry Leaders. Tata Metaliks and Tata Power won the Industry Leader recognition, with Tata Power being also conferred with the coveted JRDQV Award.
Group Chairman Mr. Chandrasekaran then provided a brief update on the Tata Group’s efforts to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 pandemic with an elaboration on actions taken at the Tata Sons as well as Tata company level. He also threw light on the segment wise performance of Tata companies in the previous year for companies operating in the technology, auto, steel, consumer & retail, financial services, telecom & media, and infrastructure clusters. In addition, Mr. Chandrasekaran highlighted the 4 pillars of transformation in the post-pandemic era: Rebalancing Supply Chains; Building Platform Economies; Digital Leadership and Planet Resilience.
The JRDQV function then concluded with Mr. Ratan Tata addressing the gathering, during which he mentioned that JRD Tata played the role of a mentor and advisor for him. He also said that the progress of the group could only have been made because of everyone’s involvement and contribution, and he was proud of his years in the Tata Group.