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Dr R.A. Mashelkar, Director-General, CSIR, with Mr L.V. Saptharishi, Additional Secretary, Commerce Ministry, addressing a press conference in the Capital on Monday.

NEW DELHI, March 24

THE winners for the National Manufacturing Sector Policy Competition 2003, sponsored by We Think for India, a voluntary organisation of eminent persons to create a national platform for interchange of beneficial ideas, was announced on Monday.

Addressing a news conference here, the WTI Executive Council member, Dr R.A. Mashelkar, Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research , said the country's manufacturing sector was struggling to redefine its role in the new post-WTO context. Hence, the WTI felt that having a manufacturing policy competition would be a springboard for creating a vibrant national platform.

By announcing a national manufacturing policy competition, the WTI hoped to address the critical issues facing `Indian manufacturing' and to create "a structured dialogue platform between intelligentsia and industry segments".

He said the response to the competition was overwhelming as 166 teams from across the country's best institutions and corporates took part. A screening committee under the chairmanship of Mr A.P. Gandhi, former President, Hyundai, India, short-listed nine policy drafts which were adverted to a high-powered jury consisting of, among others, Mr Rabat Kumar, Chairman of the jury and former Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, Dr P. Ghosh, Additional Secretary (Prime Minister's Office), Prof P.V. Indiresan, former Director, IIT, Chennai, Mr Arvind Virmani, Director, ICRIER, Mr K.J. Udeshi, Executive Director, RBI, and Mr N. Krishna Kumar, CEO, Tata Tea Ltd & Taj Hotels.

Dr Mashelkar announced that out of the nine short-listed entries, the high-powered jurors selected three teams, which have been adjudged to be the winners for the National Manufacturing Sector Policy Competition 2003. They include Mr Sanjay Upendram and Team, Andersen Business Consulting now a part of KPMG, Dr (Mrs) M Thenmozhi and Team, IIT, Chennai, and Mr A. Chaudhuri and Team, IIM, Lucknow.

Mr L.V. Saptharishi, Member, Executive Council, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, said the idea behind encouraging competition on subjects of consequences for the country was to unleash thinking and idea impulses on a wider canvas, so that different segments could convert them into practical propositions.

EMPI (Entrepreneurship & Management Processes International) Business School, New Delhi, said the top three teams would get a cash award of Rs 1 lakh and a citation while the remaining six teams would be given a prize comprising a cash award and a certificate, next month. The selected themes would be put on Web site and also be discussed at a national seminar.

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