Bureau of Indian Standards is the National Standards Body of India working under the aegis of the Ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Government of India. The BIS is responsible for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, product testing and quality certification of goods in the country. BIS has been providing traceable and tangible benefits to the national economy in several ways– ensuring safe reliable quality goods; minimizing health hazards to consumers; promoting exports, and imports substitute; controlling over the proliferation of varieties etc. through standardization, certification and testing.
Every year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as International Standards.
To celebrate the World Standards Day 2023 on October 14, 2023, Western Regional Office of Bureau of Indian Standards, organized a Standards Conclave “Manak Mahotsav” based on the theme “Standards for Sustainable Development Goals - A Shared Vision for a Better World , SDG 3 – Good Health and Well Being” at Hotel Meluha - The Fern, Powai, Mumbai and welcomed industry experts, government representatives and regulatory bodies. Around 200 Participants attended the conclave.
The occasion was graced by the Chief Guest, Prof. Dr. Shri Karbhari Vishwanath Kale, Vice Chancellor, of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Lonere, Raighad, Maharashtra.
Shri Sanjay Goswami, Deputy Director General, Western Region, BIS welcomed all and informed about the programs’ objectives. During his address he gave a brief background of World Standards Day and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), role of standardization in achieving the Goals by 2030 and role of BIS in standards development.
Shri Sathish Kumar, Scientist F & Head, BIS, Mumbai Branch Office – I, conveyed the message received from International Standards Bodies, ISO, IEC and ITU and also informed new initiatives and participation of BIS at the global level in standardization activities.
Prof. Dr. Shri Karbhari Vishwanath Kale, Vice Chancellor, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Lonere, Raighad, Maharashtra informed about 17 SDGs released by United Nations. Further he stressed on Vashudhaiva Kutumbakam, as the basic idea and how Sustainable Goals can be used to eradicate poverty. He concluded his speech with the necessity of the collaboration among industries, educational institutions and government bodies for effective formulation and implementation of standardization and also pitched need for ‘18th Goal, The Life in Space’ to be included in SDGs.
Shri Manikandan K, Scientist – D, WRL, BIS, informed about how standards contribute to sustainability and support three pillars of society i.e. economic, social and environment. He also talked about the role of IT standards and its importance for interoperability.
During the event, the All India First licensees, long-standing product licensees, Assaying and Hallmarking Centres as well as management system licensees of BIS, Western Regional Office, were felicitated.
The panel of speakers featured, experts from various fields and they shared their knowledge on the theme “Standards for Sustainable Development Goals – A Shared Vision for a Better World”.
Shri Sanjay Gawane, Sr. General Manager & Head – Supply Chain (Mfg & Materials) Godrej Security Solutions, Vikhroli talked about commitment of Godrej group towards 17 goals for Sustainable Development. He further talked how Godrej group is contributing in the solid waste management and in greener India initiative with the help of standards formulated by Bureau of Indian Standards.
Shri Nandkumar Namdeo Gurav Asst. Secretary and HoD (Technical Section), Maharashtra Pollution Control Board gave insight on standards for emission and discharge of environmental pollutants : legal aspect and environmental compliance.
Shri Chetan Bhandari, I Gold Ventures Pvt Ltd. provided insight about the Gold cycle and how Gold as an element can by recycled 100% without any wastage. He further told about importance of hallmarking in India and how Gold Industry can support in achieving SDGs. He concluded his speech by sharing vision for sustainable Gold Industry.
Mr. Jose Jacob Kallarakal (Chairman and Managing Director Antony Waste Handling Cell Limited) provided insight on scientific waste management while talking about implementation of the SDG 17 in their projects. He concluded his speech by talking about their waste to energy plant situated as Pimpri Chinchwad.
Sh. Sanjay Vij, Scientist F & Head, Mumbai Branch Office - II, BIS concluded the session with a vote of thanks.
The whole event was covered by local media.
2. On the occasion of World Standards Day, Bureau of Indian Standards, Mumbai organized several programme as follows:
As part of Manak Mahotsav, BIS has also organized a Sensitization Program for Gram Panchayat Presidents, in Palghar District and Bhiwandi Taluka of Thane District, Youth to Youth campaign with Quality connect Programs in 8 districts of Maharashtra from leading engineering colleges, Technical Sessions on standards on 14th October 2023, for creating awareness of quality and standards amongst the masses.
Further BIS has organized a youth-to-youth campaign, Nukkad Natak/Street play program, Quiz competitions, Debate on standards by Engg. College students on 14th October, 2023 by engaging youth volunteers.
During their interaction with youth, the volunteers informed about BIS, common household items under BIS mandatory certification and demonstrated BIS website, BIS Care App and the Know Your Standards feature along with BIS Care App and the Grievance Redressal System.
The whole event was covered by local media.