It is a matter of proud privilege for me to have been associated with BIS for more than four years and witness the way this Organization has evolved in these rapidly changing times.

"Standards are to the industry what culture is to the society" - this quote by Shri C. Rajagopalachari, the first Governor General of India after independence, set the foundation for onset of standardization in the country. Standardization is sine-qua-non for development of the national economy all over the world. The goals of quality are set by standardization.

Initially, as Indian Standards Institution (ISI) and later in its present avatar, BIS has been at the forefront of the quality movement in the country for decades. BIS, as the national standards body, has been providing traceable and tangible benefits to economy in a number of ways - providing safe, reliable, quality goods; minimizing health hazards to consumers; promotion of exports and import substitutes, control over proliferation of varieties etc.

These are indeed exciting times for BIS, as in today's complex world, standards have become powerful tools to drive positive change by detailing specifications that facilitate interoperability, create enabling business environments, spur economic growth and help mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Conformity assessment and Hallmarking are the other two key areas where BIS has been playing a stellar role to satisfy the consumers' need for quality goods and services. Initiatives have been undertaken to cover more goods under the ambit of these schemes to ensure their compliance with the quality standards.

I thank our stakeholders for their active participation in our endeavors and seek their support in future. The continued experience of working with our stakeholders has significantly advanced our thinking and helped us negotiate the challenges better.

I invite your valuable inputs as to how best we can leverage and enhance our capabilities to reach even greater heights.

Alka Panda, IAS

Director General
Bureau of Indian Standards