Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) becomes India’s first Standard Development Organization
Recently, the Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) wing of Indian Railways has been declared as India’s first Standard Development Organization (SDO) institute.
RDSO has been given the tag of ‘Standards Development Organization’ (SDO) under the ‘One Nation One Standard’ mission of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
- The Bureau of Indian Standards launched the ‘National Standards Body’ scheme to achieve the government’s vision of “One Nation One Standard”.
- The idea of ’One Nation One Standard’ mission was first conceived in the year It was to be brought on the lines of ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ scheme to ensure quality products in the country.
- The Standard Development Organization (SDO) is accredited by the National Standards Body Scheme itself. This recognition is valid for three years and will need to be renewed after the validity expires.
National Standards Body Scheme
The scheme has been launched by ‘Bureau of Indian Standards’ with an aim to consolidate and integrate the existing capabilities and dedicated domain specific expertise that are available with various organizations in India engaged in development of standards in specific areas.
Research Design & Standards Organization (RDSO)
RDSO, the only research and design wing of the Ministry of Railways based in Lucknow, is established as the principal body for the work of standardization for the railway sector.
Benefit from SDO Recognition
- With the recognition of ‘Standards Development Organization’ the standard building processes of ‘Research Design and Standards Organization’ will become more focused on consensus based decision making.
- It will comprehensively integrate all the stakeholders like industry, academia, test houses, users, recognized laboratories etc. in the process of standard making from the initial stages.
- With this tag, competition among industries will increase and cost will come down along with quality improvement. It will also reduce import dependency and give a boost to the Make in India initiative.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
- BIS has been established by the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, It works under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India.
- Its main function is established for the harmonious development of activities like standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and to oversee the activities related to it.
- A new ‘Bureau of Indian Standards Act’ came in the year 2016, which has been implemented from October This new act replaces the Bureau of Indian Standards (BSI) as the national standards body of India.
Source – PIB