RTAMI-2k16 National Conference National Conference jointly organised by Saveetha University and NIQR The above national level conference was jointly organised by Department of Automobile Engineering, Saveetha School of Engineering, Saveetha University and NIQR on 11th April 2016 at Saveetha University, Thandalam, Chennai. The theme of the conference was ‘Recent Trends in Automotive Manufacturing in Industries’ and 105 papers were received from all over India. The papers were scrutinized and 34 papers were selected for the final presentation on the day of the conference. The conference started auspiciously with the lighting of Kuthuvilakku by the distinguished Guests. Dr. S Mohanamurugan, Professor & HOD of Automobile Engineering welcomed the guests, delegates and participants. Mr. S. Madhu, Associate Professor, presented details about the conference.Mr. S. Rajasekaran, Chairman, NIQR Chennai Branch in his keynote address, highlighted the advances made in Automobile sector in India in the last 2 decades and the upsurge in the quality side. Mr. C. V. Gowri Sankar, Secretary NIQR Chennai Branch spoke about the activities of NIQR and the Student Chapters and asked the students to make use of the services offered by NIQR. Mr. P. Nageshwar Rao, Chief Technical Officer, TAFE was the Chief Guest; he gave a lecture on ‘smart manufacturing’. He presented an overview of complete product development cycle which synergies and interconnects data, process, machines and people to improve the operational efficiency. Dr. P. Ramesh, NIQR National Co-opted Member gave a special lecture on Automotive Trends in India, He touched upon some of the Government initiatives to boost automotive sector and future technologies such as electrification of cars. He gave a hint of the Challenges to meet BS VI by 2020. He explained the Indian Automotive parts manufacturers’ perspective to meet global requirements including performance, quality, environmental regulations, Life cycle management etc. A book on “Total Quality Management – An Integrated Approach” authored by Prof. D. R. Kiran, NIQR National Council Member, was released by the Chief Guest on the occasion.Mr. C. V. Gowri Sankar, Secretary NIQR Chennai Branch and Mr. N. Jagannadha Rao, ECM NIQR Chennai Branch were the judges for the paper presentations. The students showed depth of knowledge in the subject and had done a good amount of search to present technical details. In the afternoon session, Dr. N. Rangaswamy, Director, Institute for Knowledge Potential Management & former Joint Secretary of NIQR Chennai Branch delivered a lecture on “Human Reliability Management on Operational Excellence”. Mr. V. Vignesh, Mr. T. V. Vikram Narayan, Mr. A. Mothilal & Mr. R. Ezhilvannan of Velammal College of Engineering and Technology were declared winners of the paper presentation contest for their ‘research paper on Safety and Security in Automobiles’.Dr. S Mohanamurugan, HOD gave the prizes and participation certificates. Mr. S. Madhu proposed the vote of thanks.