A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) on 16th April 2019, Tuesday. The two bodies will be collaborating in the field of conformity assessment and standardization. This entails assessing the activities that result in determining if a product or other object is corresponding to the requirements that are contained in a particular specification.
As per the MoU, IIT Bombay will be developing infrastructure support for projects of research and development (R&D) that are relevant for standardization and BIS will be providing financial support to the Institute for carrying out these projects.
IIT Bombay gave a statement saying that both the parties will jointly work upon the terms and conditions and decide the framework of finance and infrastructure support. The terms and conditions will be based upon the duration and nature of the research and development projects.
Technological solutions will be given by IIT Bombay regarding several activities of the Bureau, as envisaged by the MoU. This will also be inclusive of Conformity Assessment processes whenever they are required. IIT Bombay and BIS will also be appointing a Chair soon in the field of Standardisation and Conformity Assessment.
The MoU was signed at the campus of IIT Bombay by the Director of IIT Bombay, Professor Devang V. Khakhar, and the Director General of BIS, IAS Surina Ranjan. Professor Khakhar was appreciative of the MoU and said that he hoped it would further strengthen the alliance of the two units. He also said that the activities they will undertake on conformity assessment and standardisation will open the doors of the world market for Indian industries.
Surina Ranjan emphasized upon the need for active engagement of technological institutes such as IIT Bombay and said it would elevate the position of India from ‘Standard Takers’ to that of ‘Standard Makers’. She also talked about the importance of standards in getting assured data security, particularly in the financial field.