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Sharad Yadav rules out National Test House merger with IBS

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"It would be pointless to destabilise the two premier scientific organisations through a merger," Mr Sharad Yadav commented.

Kolkata , Sept. 15

THE Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Mr Sharad Yadav, has ruled out the proposed merger of Indian Bureau of Standards (IBS) and National Test House (NTH).

Speaking at the inauguration of the new complex for the NTH here, the Minister said he was opposed to the idea as the two organisations were working in distinctly different fields and with different cadre.

"It would be pointless to destabilise the two premier scientific organisations through a merger," he commented.

Mr Yadav said he had recently spoken to the Prime Minister regarding waiver for NTH on the current ban on recruitment. He said NTH has vacancies of around 140 for posts including scientists and technical experts. For meeting the country's growing industrial and economic needs, particularly for exports, funds and manpower support for NTH should be ensured, he felt.

The new complex for the NTH has been constructed at a cost of Rs 34.24 crore, and has advanced test facilities of materials belonging to chemical group of laboratories, civil, mechanical, electrical and electronics, rubber, plastics and textiles. It also has facility for calibration of test instruments and measurements of physical parameters, acoustic testing laboratory and heavy mechanical materials testing laboratory.

The Minister announced that an institute of test and measurement technology would be set up at the NTH complex. This is significant in the context of a new set of stringent guidelines set by the International Standards Organisation, the global body for monitoring testing and evaluation criteria, for actual calibration capability of all measuring instruments used in testing and evaluation of materials.

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