The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the National Standards Body of India, is implementing the programme of Standard Clubs in schools and colleges across the country. The standard clubs are being established with an objective to sensitize young members of society about the importance of standards in improving quality of life.
Standards Clubs can be formed in any educational institution in India comprising teachers and students - High & Higher Secondary schools, engineering colleges, science colleges, polytechnics, professional institutions.
Students of class IX and above and studying science subjects are eligible to be part of the Clubs.
Consumer Organizations/Non-Government Organizations/Voluntary Organizations (COs/NGOs/ VOs etc.) registered on the Consumer Engagement Portal of BIS can also facilitate the formation & functioning of above Standards Clubs in Educational Institutions other than Engineering Institutions.
Formation of Standards Clubs
Standards Clubs shall comprise of the following
Mentor - One Science Teacher for Class IX to XII or Lecturer & above for Science or Engineering Subjects
Student Members– Regular Students of the Educational Institution studying in Class IX to XII, Science Stream or Students who are pursuing Science/Engineering degree or Diploma courses in Colleges or other Professional Institutions.
A minimum of 15 Student Members shall be required to form a Standards Club.
The Mentor shall be nominated by the Principal or Head of the Institution for a period of two years and may be re-nominated further at the discretion of the Institution.
The Student Members may be selected by the Mentor based on their aptitude and willingness and may be retained with the Club till their enrolment in the Educational Institution continues.
Standards Club Core Group : The activities under each Standards Club should be coordinated by a Core Group comprising its Mentor and a Student Leader and three Student members. The Student Leader and three members for the core group will be nominated/updated by the Mentor. In case, the Club comprises more than 50 students the Core Group may have a maximum of six members in addition to the Mentor and the Student Leader.
Activities under the Standards Club
The Standards Club may carry out a variety of student-centric activities aimed at providing them opportunities for learning on the themes of Quality and Standardization. Such activities may be undertaken within the Institution or outside as stand-alone programmes or as part of other programmes of the Institutions such as Annual Day, School Fair, Exhibitions, Teachers’ Day, etc.
The Mentors should organize regular and adequate number of meetings of the Standards Clubs for imparting knowledge to the Student Members about Standardization, Quality and the structure and content of standards.
Each Standards Club in Engineering Institutions should organize at least two or more programmes in an academic year, at least one each on the following two themes: i) Competition on writing Standards ii) Workshops / Seminars on specific standards, workshops on areas for developing new standards, industry-oriented projects on standards, etc.
Each Standards Club in institutions other than Engineering Institutions should organize at least three programmes in an academic year on the following themes: i) Awareness Programmes - Seminars and Workshops on Quality and Standards related subjects and their role in the upliftment of quality of life and economic development. ii) Competitions such as Quiz, Essay-writing, Debate etc. on Quality and Standards ecosystem iii) Competition on writing Standards
BIS Support to Standards Clubs
General Support - BIS would provide the following support:
Share details of the BIS official nominated to liaise with the Standards Club.
Organize initial orientation training for the Mentor at Branch level in physical or virtual mode, as deemed useful.
Coordinate with the Club for the design and execution of its various activities.
Provide audio-visual and other materials, as deemed necessary, for activities of the Clubs.
Invite and involve members of Standards Clubs in special programmes organized by BIS.
The Educational Institutions may also avail the facility of BIS Mobile Science Vans as and when the activities under Standards clubs are undertaken.
The financial support for Standards Clubs in Engineering Institutions would be limited to a maximum amount of Rs 100,000/- per year, subject to the condition that at least two activities must be organized every year.
The financial support for Standards Clubs in institutions other than Engineering Institutions would be limited to Rs 10,000/- maximum, for each of the three activities in a year for each Standards Clubs.
High and higher secondary eligible Government Schools with Standards Clubs are entitled to receive a one-time Laboratory Grant to a maximum of Rs. 50,000/- in the form of state of the art lab equipment for upgrading their Science Labs
Financial assistance of upto Rs. 1,00,000/- to establish 'Manak Kaksha' in government institutions where Standards Clubs have been formed. Under this initiative one room in the school shall be renovated by providing basic amenities like smart TVs, audio video systems, proper illumination, decorating the walls etc.