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Steel Man of India ‘J.J. Irani ‘passes away at 86

  • Published
    1st Nov, 2022

The Tata Steel veteran and its former MD Jamshed J. Irani passed away on October 31, 2022, at 86 years of age.

  • He was born on June 2, 1936, in Nagpur to Jiji Irani and Khorshed Irani.

  • Irani completed his Bachelor of Science degree from Science College, Nagpur in 1956 and a Master of Science degree in Geology from Nagpur University in 1958.
  • He started his professional career with the British Iron and Steel Research Association in Sheffield in 1963 but always yearned to contribute to the Nation’s progress.
  • He returned to India to join the then Tata Iron and Steel Company (now Tata Steel) in 1968, as Assistant to the Director in charge of Research and Development.
  • He went on to become the President of Tata Steel in 1985.
  • He was a keen sportsman who played and followed cricket till his last and had a passion for stamp and coin collection.
  • He was also the National President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from 1992-93.
  • He was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2007 for his contribution to the industry.
  • He was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Government of India in 2008 as an acknowledgment of his services in the area of metallurgy.

Significant Contributions:

  • Irani was the pioneer of the quality movement in India. He enabled Tata Steel to reinvent itself with a focus on quality and customer satisfaction while becoming the lowest-cost steel producer in the world with quality that could compete in the international market.
  • Irani also called the Steel Man of India was instrumental in starting the Tata Education Excellence Program in 2003 to improve the quality of academic facilitation through a calibrated approach adopted from the renowned Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence criteria.
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