Celebrating 75 Years
Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) completed 75 glorious years of its existence on 6th Jan 2022. The Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Commerce and Industry and Railways Shri Piyush Goyal attended the celebration & inaugurated the Toy Testing facilities, which BIS has created across three of its laboratories and announced the launch of Certificate Courses on Assaying and Hallmarking as well as Quality Control.
In the twilight years of British rule in India when the country was faced with the gigantic task of building up the industrial infrastructure, it was the institution of Engineers (India), which prepared the first draft of the Constitution of an institution which could take up the task of formalisation formulation of National Standards. This led to the Department of Industries and Supplies issuing a memorandum on 3rd September 1946, formerly announcing the setting up of an organisation called the Indian Standards Institution (ISI). ISI came into being on the 6th January 1947. Bureau of Indian standards came into existence, through an act of Parliament dated 26th November 1986, on 1st April 1987, with a broadened scope and more powers; taking over the staff, assets, liabilities and functions of erstwhile ISI. Through this change over the government envisaged building a climate for quality culture and consciousness and greater participations of consumers in formulations and implementations of standards.
The BIS, established under the BIS Act 2016, is the national standard body of India for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods. It has been providing traceability and tangibility benefits to the national economy in a number of ways by providing safe reliable quality goods, minimising health hazards to consumers, promoting exports and imports substitute, control over proliferation of varieties etc through standardization, certification and testing. BIS has its headquarters at New Delhi.
The quality of product or services is a defining feature that distinguishes some countries from India. The centre is working towards 'One Nation One Standard' as it is important to set the benchmark by working skillfully so that India is globally aligned. BIS will continue to focus on sensitizing the public on the need for an ecosystem that promotes quality of products and services. Through its core activities of Standardization and Certification, BIS will keep on contributing to the nation.