Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO), Lucknow, has become the first standards body in the country to join the ‘One Nation, One Standard’ scheme of the central government.
- RDSO, Lucknow, is the sole R&D wing of the Railways Ministry. It is one of India’s leading Standard formulating Body undertaking standardization work for the railway sector.
- It has now been recognized as a SDO (Standard Developing Organization)’ by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), for a three years period.
- BIS is the implementing agency for the ‘One Nation, One Standard’ scheme.
- To attain the “ Nation One Standard” vision of Govt. of India, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the National Standards Body launched a scheme that provides for “Recognition of SDO”.
- RDSO took the initiative to seek recognition as a Standard Developing Organization (SDO) under the BIS SDO Recognition Scheme.
- Now, this partnership under the One-Nation-One-Standard mission, RDSO of Indian Railways and BIS will be jointly defining the parameters to ensure quality goods and services for the Railways.
About One Nation, One Standard Scheme:
The ‘One Nation, One Standard’ scheme was launched in 2019 with the objective to develop one template of standard for one given product in the country, instead of having multiple agencies set it, thereby building a ‘Brand India’ identity in the long run.
- The Research Designs & Standards Organization (RDSO) is an ISO 9001 research and development organization under the Ministry of Railways of government of India (GoI).
- It was founded in 1921.
- It is headquartered in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
- It functions as a technical adviser and consultant to the Railway Board, the Zonal Railways, the Railway Production Units, RITES, RailTel and Ircon International in respect of design and standardization of railway equipment and problems related to railway construction, operations and maintenance.
- RDSO is headed by the Director-General who ranks equivalent to the general manager of a Zonal Railway. The present Director General is Virendra Kumar
- A new Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) Act 2016 which was notified on 22 March 2016, has been brought into force with effect from 12 October 2017.
- The Act establishes the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India.
- BIS is responsible for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.