SMVDU Katra: Dr. Balbir Singh, Associate Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University successfully completed five-day’s workshop on “ZED Master-Trainer Training Program’ organized by Allied Boston, training partner of Quality Council of India at Gurugram. Dr. Singh has been listed as ZED Master Trainer by QCI. ZED Certification Scheme is Zero Defect and Zero Effect which is launched by Government of India to promote 22,222 Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in first phase, to become globally competitive through financial support for assessment, ZED rating and certification. Dr. Singh has planned to work in consultation with MSME-DI of region to raise Industry awareness and training program on ZED Certification scheme, hence to improve the quality standards of industries. Further, to develop Industry-Institute partnership in region, 2nd Industry Academia Conclave (IAC-2018) is planned for March 2018 wherein common strategies can be explored for mutual benefits of Industries and Technical Institutions of region.