National Conclave on Role of Standards for Globalizing opportunities for Engineering MSMEs

20th January 2023, 11:00 AM Onwards (Virtual Platform)

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Inaugural session

11 : 00 - 11 : 30

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Welcome Address by Mr. Arun Kumar Garodia, Chairman, EEPC India
  • Special address by Dr. Srikar K. Reddy, Joint Secretary (EPEngg.), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India
  • Address by Mr. Rajesh Maheshwari, CEO, National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB)
  • Address by Mr. Rajeev Sharma, DDG, (DDG Standardization-I), Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
  • Vote of Thanks by Mr. Pankaj Chadha, Sr. Vice Chairman, EEPC India


Policy framework for implementing quality and standardization framework in Industry

11 : 30 - 12 : 30

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. James J. Nedumpara, Professor & Head (Incharge), Centre for WTO Studies
  • Mr. V. Manjunath, Standards Manager, South Asian Sub Saharan Africa, UL Standards and Engagements
  • Dr. K. Rangarajan,  Head, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Kolkata


Sectoral initiatives for promotion of Quality, Standards & Certifications

12 : 30 - 13 : 30

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Reji Mathai, Director, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI)
  • Dr. Manish Pande, Director & Head, PAD Division, Quality Council of India
  • Dr. Bhavani Shanker T, Joint Director, Central Power Research Institute (CPRI)


International Testing and Certification bodies in engineering sector

13 : 30 - 14 : 30

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Mr. Nagendra Bangaragiri, Director, Electrical Business Line, India & MENAP at Intertek
  • Mr. Nilesh Jadhav, Business Director- Knowledge India, SGS India Private Limited
  • Mr. Sudhir Zutshi, Director - Policy & Strategy, Market Access, New Initiatives-South Asia UL Solutions

Session No. Time (IST) Session Name Link
11 : 00 - 11 : 30 Inaugural session View Details
Session I 11 : 30 - 12 : 30 Policy framework for implementing quality and standardization framework in Industry View Details
Session II 12 : 30 - 13 : 30 Sectoral initiatives for promotion of Quality, Standards & Certifications View Details
Session III 13 : 30 - 14 : 30 International Testing and Certification bodies in engineering sector View Details

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Benefits of Participation

  • Understand the current ecosystem on Quality Certification, Standardization and Testing Infrastructure in India

  • Understand how MSMEs can boost engineering exports by adopting quality certifications and product standards

  • Highlight on the standards and quality certifications in emerging and niche engineering sectors

  • Emerging trends likely to impact future of international trade from India 

  • Government schemes and Initiatives for encouraging adoption of Quality and Standardization among MSMEs  

Who should attend

MSMEs | Industry Professionals, Traders and Businesses | Startups, Innovators & Entrepreneurs | Exporters | Importers

Registration Charges: INR 500/- plus GST (For Members) & INR 750/- plus GST (For non-Members)

GST extra as applicable

The Background

Tariffs were the principal mode of protectionism till the 1970s . However, following the successive rounds of the GATT, there has been gradual decline in the Tariff Barriers either on MFN (Most Favoured Nation) basis or through Preferential Trade Agreements. The countries resorted to a form of administered protection known as Non-Tariff Measures (NTM) as tariffs became insignificant. These NTMs can be broadly divided into two categories

  1. Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary measures (SPS)
  2. Technical barriers to trade (TBT)

Technical barriers to trade or technical standards are necessary for a range of reasons including environmental protection, safety, national security and consumer information. The WTO, through the Agreements on SPS and TBT has played a significant role in this respect. These are now basic prerequisites for market access embedded in the global trading system.

The Indian engineering industry has already faced a number of such trade barriers globally. Exports to its top destinations comprising the USA, the EU, Japan, China, South Korea, Brazil, ASEAN and Sri Lanka have suffered due to the Standards and Regulations prevalent in these countries. In EU countries, CE certification is required to export electrical and electronic devices. CE certification has not proven to be economical for the small Indian manufacturers and exporters impeding the outbound shipments to the EU.


The “National Conclave on Standardization, Testing & Certification in Engineering Sector to boost Exports” is being organised by EEPC India to generate awareness among the engineering industry about the importance of standards in international trade. As Indian engineering exporters, mostly MSMEs, are seeking newer opportunities across the world, it has become increasingly necessary for them to have a clear understanding on different standards and regulations prevalent in the global trade. This conclave is aimed at sharing some important knowledge on this subject among the MSMEs.

Speakers Invited from

  • Ministry of Commerce & Industry


  • QCI / AMTZ

  • International Standards Bodies such as Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) / GIZ (German Development Agency) / SESI (Solar Energy Society of India) / ITC

  • Bureau of Indian Standards

  • National Institute of Training for Standardization

  • International Certification Bodies

About EEPC India


We are the premier trade and investment promotion organisation in India. EEPC India is sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, and caters to the Indian engineering sector.


We have played a lead role in promoting Brand India Engineering by organising exhibitions around the globe. We are now organizing a series of virtual trade fairs, exhibitions to help the exporting community in connecting with global buyers amid Covid-19 outbreak.


  • We have been the face of Indian engineering exports for 67 years
  • We are now a full member of the France-based UFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
  • We have received BMO accreditation of the Quality Council of India (QCI) – NABET