Information Disclosure as per section 4(1)(b) of Right to Information Act 2005
i. The particulars of its organization, functions and duties :
The need for a Research and Development infrastructure for wood and wood based panel industries in the country was recognized in early sixties. It was necessary to pursue the chosen path for management of natural resources consistent with the overall strategy for national development for a developing country like India which has abundant natural forest resources. The Indian plywood Manufacturers' Research Association (IPMRA) was formed in 1962 as a cooperative research laboratory under the umbrella of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for undertaking applied research on PLYWOOD, an important wood based panel material.
The Institute was re-designated as Indian Plywood Industries Research Institute in 1970 and its administrative control was transferred to the Ministry of Industry in 1978.
Realizing the need for trained manpower for wood based panel industries, training facilities in Mechanical Wood Industries Technology were established during 1988 with the assistance of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/Government of India (GOI).
As recognition to the greater role of the Institute in conservation of natural resource, the administrative control was transferred to the MoEF in 1990.
As a reflection to its premier position in training for Mechanical Wood Industries Technology as a centre of excellence, the name of the Institute was changed to Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute in 1992.
The Institute is a Society registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1962; Union Minister for Environment & Forests is the ex-officio President of the Society. Statutory members include Secretaries to Government of India in Ministries of Environment & Forests, Agriculture, Science & Technology, Planning, Director General of Forests, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka, Director General, ICFRE and nominations of scientific organizations like CSIR and regulatory bodies like BIS. Membership is also open to industries. It is recognized (since 1989) as a Scientific & Industrial Research Organization by the Government of India under the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research Scheme, 1989.
It is also recognized (since 1999) as a nodal centre by Forest Research Institute and University, Dehra Dun for pursuing Research programme for award of Ph.D. degree.
The Institute has its headquarters at Bangalore spread over an area of about 7 hectares where the most modern R & D, testing & training facilities are housed. It has an outreach field station (FS) established in 1963 located at Kolkata. IPIRTI Centre at Mohali in Punjab was established in 2008 to cater the needs of the industry in the North West region.
IPIRTI's thrust area is Conservation of Natural Forests through efficient utilization of existing wood resources & development and adoption of technologies for manufacturing wood alternates and panel products from plantation timber and bamboo including renewable fibres to meet the vital needs of our developing society.
4b(ii). The general superintendence, direction and control of the affairs of the Institute are vested with the Board of Governors (BoG). The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) constituted by the Board of Governors finalizes research and training agenda of the institute.
The Institute is headed by the Director. Research work in the Institute is carried out by a team of both experienced and young scientists with the assistance of technical staff, Research Scholars and others. The Institute has many divisions, viz., Timber Identification and Preservation, Adhesive Technology, Process Development Engineering, Saw Milling and Saw Doctoring (PDES), Product Application (PA), Training and Information Technology. In order to give more focused attention on the utilization of bamboo resource as well as testing and standardization and extension activities, Centre for Bamboo Development (CBD), Centre for Testing and Evaluation of Wood Composites (CENTEC) and Extension Division were created.
IPIRTI FIELD STATION, KOLKATA
This outreach field station was established in the Year 1963 and equipped with research & development, training and testing facilities related to adhesives, plywood and other panel products. IPIRTI field station, Kolkata is also a recognized BIS laboratory under BIS lab recognition scheme, specialized laboratory category. Mechanical and Chemical testing labs of IPIRTI Field Station are in the Process of getting NABL accreditation.
IPIRTI CENTRE, MOHALI, PUNJAB
The Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute (IPIRTI) Centre (IPIRTI – CENTRE) at Mohali (Chandigarh) was established on 11/3/08 as a joint venture of Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute (IPIRTI), Bangalore, an autonomous body of the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, Department of Industries and Commerce (DIC), Govt. of Punjab and Northern India Plywood Manufacturers Association (NIPMA) for serving the needs of wood based industries in the Northern Region. IPIRTI Centre is a specialized laboratory got recognized by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) under the Laboratory Recognition Scheme. It is fully equipped with the latest test equipment and is manned by trained personnel so as to facilitate testing of wood and wood based panel products as per relevant Indian and other National Standards besides providing solutions to the floor level problems of the industries in the region and upgrade skills of technical man- power through short-term courses on manufacture and testing of wood based panel products.
ii. The powers and duties of its officers and employees;
Division wise work allocation under Head of Divisions
Joint Director / Head of Office
iii. The procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability;
Indian Plywood Industries Research & Training Institute
(An Autonomous Body of Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Govt. of India
iv. The norms set by it for the discharge of its functions;
The objective of the research work of the institute is conservation of natural forests through effective utilization of plantation grown timber and developing and adoption of technology for manufacturing wood alternative and panel products from renewable fibre like bamboo, agro and forest residue to meet the growing need of developing society in the country (RFD of IPIRTI)
v. The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions;
Various statutory and legislative rules of Government of India issued from time to time through its various administrative ministries as relevant to the business / functioning of IPIRTI.
In addition to the above, the following rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records are referred to the in the direct / indirect line of discharge of IPIRTI’s functions.
1. List of Standards as given in BIS
2. Quality Manual for IPIRTI under NABL
3. Quality Procedures for IPIRTI under NABL
4. Recruitment Rules for Joint Director
5. Recruitment Rules for Group A and Scientific Staff
6. Recruitment Rules for Technical and Support Staff
7. Recruitment Rules for Administrative Staff
vi A statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control;
Technical / Testing Reports (for a period of six months).
Land / Building records of IPIRTI and its subordinate offices
Certificate / Awards / Recognition received
vii. The particulars of any arrangement that exists for consultation with, or representation by, the members of the public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof;
- BoG where representatives of Small Scale Industries & Medium Scale Industries have a platform to express / interact towards formulation of policy.
- AGM where Member Industries have a platform to express / interact towards implementation / adoption of policy(s) formulated.
- IPIRTI Open Day – where the public in general have an opportunity to gain firsthand experience into the day to day functioning of IPIRTI and become familiar with the facilities / infrastructure available at IPIRTI.
- IPIRTI Extension Activities:
a. By organizing / participating in workshops / seminars and exhibition for creating / promulgating awareness of the various products / technology available in IPIRTI. (link to Annual Report)
b. IPIRTI Interactive Meet organized twice a year where the general public as well as all stake holders have a platform to interact with forest / environment delegates of both central / state.
IPIRTI website – A robust website has been setup under e-governance whereby any person can obtain information or get their queries addressed or submit suggestions relating to IPIRTI’s activities.
vii. A statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meetings of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public
|Sl No.||Details of boards, councils, committees, etc.||
Whether participation is open to public
Yes / No
Whether minutes are accessible to publicYes/No
|1||Board of Governors Meeting||Nominated members||Restricted access|
|2||Annual General Meeting||Member industries||Restricted access|
|3||Internal Research Commmitte / Research Advisory Committee||Members only||Restricted access|
Departmental Promotion Committee /Selection Promotion Committee
|Nominated members||Restricted access|
Finance Committee /Expenditure & Finance Committee
|Nominated members||Restricted access|
|6||Research & Development Growth Fund Management Committee||Nominated members||Restricted access|
|7||Training Fund Committee||Nominated members||Restricted access|
|8||Post Graduate Students’ Selection Committee||Nominated members||Restricted access|
|9||Other internal committee setup from time to time in the course of daily functioning of IPIRTI.||Internal staff / invitees||Restricted access|
ix. A directory of its officers and employees;
x. The monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations
Staff list with PB & GP.
Remuneration is governed as per RR/SR of IPIRTI & CCS (RP) Rules 2008 of GoI.
xi.The budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made;
xii.The manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes;
Subsidy programmes – Nil
Details of beneficiaries – N/A
xiii. Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorizations granted by it;
Member firms are given concession in all technical activities where fees are charges.
Details of beneficiaries – Member Firms
xiv. Details in respect of the information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form;
BoG / AGM Members
IPIRTI in Focus
IPIRTI News Letter
Index of R.R.
List of Books/Publications available in IPIRTI
xv. The particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use;
- Visiting Hours : 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
1.30 pm to 5.30 pm
On all government working days.
- Website : 24 x 7
- And through RTI
xvi. The names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers;
xvii. Such other information as may be prescribed and thereafter update these publications every year;
Website is updated regularly to reflect the current information.