Most BCSIR tech inventions remain untapped for lack of entrepreneurs

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 14 Aug 2017, 21:19:32
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Most BCSIR tech inventions remain untapped for lack of entrepreneurs

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RAJSHAHI, Aug 14: Inspite of invention of a number of new technologies every year by the scientists of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) in Rajshahi, only a few of those are being applied for practical utilities due to lack of entrepreneurs. As a result, those newly invented technologies are kept inactive for years.

According to sources, BCSIR in Rajshahi was established in 1968. So far, after the establishment of BCSIR, the scientists of this research organisation have invented 168 new technologies. Most of those technologies were invented aiming at using local raw-materials as main source of production. But those technologies are not being adapted in the industries of the region for various complexities.

Officials of BCSIR in Rajshahi informed, here in BCSIR four to five new technologies for adapting in local mills and factories are being invented every year. Though the list of invention of new technology is being increased day by day, those are not coming to light for the lack of entrepreneurs.

Dr. Moinuddin, Scientist at BCSIR in Rajshahi informed, all the newly invented technologies are ready for marketing but due to reluctance of the entrepreneurs, only 35 of such inventions have so far been released which is only 1/5th of the total inventions. However, most of the inventions which have been released and leased by the entrepreneurs belonged to outside of Rajshahi. He added, only three entrepreneurs in Rajshahi have been using the newly invented technologies. Those include: Moonlight Health and Hygiene is using invented cosmetics of BCSIR and successfully producing materials which are all being exported abroad, GM Traders in Chapainawabganj is using invented medical technologies while another industry in Bogra was using cosmetics technology invented by BCSIR, Rajshahi while 32 more invented technologies are being used by the entrepreneurs of Dhaka and Chittagong.

Dr. Moin Uddin further mentioned, due to various bureaucratic discrepancies, the entrepreneurs are not being interested to take lease and use the technologies invented by BCSIR of Rajshahi. In this connection, he mentioned, the local officials of BCSIR have no power to sell direct the copyright or leasing  of the technologies to the entrepreneurs. The invented technology has at first sent to the Head office of BCSIR in Dhaka from where the technologies are leased out to the entrepreneurs. As a result, the local entrepreneurs remained reluctant to visit Dhaka for taking lease of the technology by bargaining with the bureaucrats in there. At the same time, even getting many entrepreneurs locally, the officials of BCSIR in Rajshahi have no power to lease those out to them.

Industrial entrepreneurs in Rajshahi, however, informed the officials of Bangladesh Standard Testing Institution (BSTI) do not allow the invented technologies of BCSIR to be marketed.

Researcher Abdus Sabur, former Research Officer of BCSIR, Rajshahi and Chief Coordinator of Rajshahi Moonlight Health and Hygiene (pvt.) limited informed entrepreneurs of the region are highly interested to work with newly invented technology but due to bureaucratic red-tapism and official harassment, they lost their interest at last. Moreover, BSTI was not allowing to use and market the technologies of BCSIR because those are not listed to them while department of Environment and other related government offices often create trouble in issuing permission to use the new technology on various pleas. He mentioned, had the above encumbrances been removed, there would be an huge expansion of industries in this region by using newly invented technologies by BCSIR in Rajshahi. Specially, there would be a boom in agro-industries in this region.

Altaf Hossain, Director of BSTI in Rajshahi informed, BSTI was not resisting in expansion of industries in Rajshahi but it was just following the list of BSTI to ensure marketing of quality products. He added, BSTI only approved the products in accordance with it's list and no product outside the list is allowed to be used and marketed. "If any product maintains the quality of BSTI, there was no obligation to approve and release it', he further mentioned.

Hakim Ashraful Islam, an entrepreneurs from Chapaina-wabganj informed, ' the entrepreneurs should be given the facility to establish industries in easy terms and conditions and at a low cost. If the government pays attention in this connection, there will be an increase in establishment of small and medium industries by using newly invented technologies of BCSIR.

Scientists of BCSIR informed, the cost of establishing a small industry by using technology of BCSIR is very low. Excepting the money used for leasing of technology, an entrepreneur requires Taka 50,000 to Taka one million (Ten lakh) to establish an industry. But, it is almost impossible for the entrepreneurs to visit offices in Dhaka to procure a permission for taking lease of any technology.

Scientist Dr. Husna Parvin Nur, Director of BCSIR, Rajshahi informed the government was very intimate in extending all possible technological assistance but more steps are required from BCSIR head office in Dhaka to release all the invented technologies to the entrepreneurs. In this connection, she mentioned, are more than 1,000 newly invented technologies not only in Rajshahi but also in other BCSIR labs of the country but those are not being possible to be released or marketed. Release and marketing of those newly invented technology would change the entire industrial scenario of the country, she mentioned. She sought proper action from the government in this connection.

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