The DSIR which is the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, provides in-house R&D recognition to manufacturing and software product companies. There are a set of DSIR guidelines for the minimum infrastructure required to apply for the said recognition.
As per DSIR guidelines, the R&D centre has to be a minimum of 1000 square feet in area in order to be eligible for DSIR in-house R&D recognition. But is it really that simple?
To rationalise that a company is carrying out any R&D, the first and most important measure is safety. This is the very reason why DSIR does not advocate having R&D centres in residential areas. All the R&D centres applying for the DSIR in-house R&D recognition should follow all kinds of safety parameters as per the relevant industry standards.
That said, the company does not really need a separate building for the R&D centre. It’s preferable, sure, but not necessary. As per DSIR guidelines, the R&D centre could be in the company’s factory premises. As long as the R&D centre is in a designated area, it is not an issue.
Also, proper placement of the prototyping or designing teams in the R&D centre is very crucial. For instance, the production team needs to be put on the relevant floor(ground/ first/ second). As per the industry type, the teams should not be mixed with the R&D centre. We, at 2AB Consultants, are experts of fishing out R&D centres and their processes from the other departments.
For seed companies DSIR guidelines suggests for a dedicated land for carrying out research activities and providing breakup of area for nucleus seeds, sick farms, poly houses and cross breeding programs or any other such specified activities.
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