Jakarta –BRIN Public Relations. Circulation of incomplete information on the integration process of research institutions in Indonesia into the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has drawn particular attention to Commission VII of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR RI). In a public hearing held by the Commission VII, the Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko explained the process of integration of research institutions into BRIN, including the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology (LBM), Jakarta, Monday (24/01).

Handoko explained that the integration of BRIN took place in 3 stages, namely, stage 1; integration of 5 main research entities namely the Ministry of Research and Technology, BATAN, LIPI, LAPAN, and BPPT on September 1, 2021. Stage 2; integration of 28 research units under ministries/agencies (K/L) on December 16, 2021, and the rest 6 units under K/L join in stage three, which now are still in process.

With regard to the integration of the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology (LBM) into BRIN, Handoko emphasized that, even though it was called the Eijkman Molecular Biology Institute, in essence it was only a project unit under the coordination of the Ministry of Research and Technology, not as an LPNK-level institution.

Under the status of only as a project unit, continued Handoko Eijkman LBM cannot provide legal protection to its community. He gave an example, under the status of project unit, the civil servants who work as researchers at Eijkman LBM cannot be appointed to functional research positions.

“This has an impact on the financial rights that they should be get, thus far their status is equivalent to administrative staff,” said Handoko.

He further said that the integration of the Ministry of Research and Technology into BRIN serves as a momentum to formally institutionalize the Eijkman LBM into the Eijkman Center for Molecular Biology Research (PRMB). Under this status, the civil servant researchers at Eijkman PRMB can be appointed as researchers.

To 78 non-civil servant researchers in this institution, Handoko offers various schemes. Those who have completed their studies up to the doctoral level and are maximum 40 years old, are encouraged to follow the civil servant admission path. While, those who are over 40 years of age can register as Government Employees under a Work Agreement (PPPK).

 

“A total of five researchers have followed this scheme and the result has been announced last December 2021,” he added.

For those who have not completed their doctoral degree, Handoko encourages them to complete their studies under the by research scheme while working as a research assistant at Eijkman PRMB. This way they can still work as usual carrying out their duties while completing their studies.

“After completing their doctoral level, they have the opportunity to become Research ASNs through the PNS or PPPK admissions paths,” he added.

With regard to honorary staff at Eijkman LBM, Handoko further added, according to the regulation, appointment of non-civil servant government employees (PPNPN) based on contract is valid only for 1 year. “Their contracts commence in early January and end at the end of every December and are usually extended for another year,” he added.

However, Handoko explained, the government will stop recruiting employees through the PPNPN path in 2023, therefore, those who have completed their contracts are expected to follow the various schemes offered by BRIN. For those who object to continuing their studies, BRIN offers to register them operators whose scope of work is under the coordination of the deputy for infrastructure.

 

“So basically, all honorary researchers who have been working at Eijkman LBM can be accommodated through these various schemes if they are interested,” he asserted.

During the integration process, Handoko emphasized that all services that thus far have been carried out by Eijkman LBM still run as usual. Non-medical-based services will be integrated with similar services centered in Cibinong, while medical-based services remain carried out at the Eijkman building in collaboration with the Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM) (pur).