Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) as the only research institution in Indonesia targets the number of researchers with the qualification of doctoral degree education to be 5,000. Currently the number of researchers at BRIN is 9,000 people from all ministries/institutions (K/L).

This was conveyed by the Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko at the Handover of Decree on Transfer of Employees of Ministries/Institutions to Become Employees within BRIN for the Second Batch, Jakarta, Wednesday (02/03). According to him, an ideal research institution is not determined by the number of research Human Resources (HR) it has, but more by the qualifications of the researchers themselves.

“The ideal number of researchers at BRIN is not determined by the number of research human resources, but what really matters is the quality of the researchers themselves. I target that the qualification of researchers at BRIN at least having completed the doctoral level of education,” said Handoko.

He asserted that the number of 9,000 researchers is actually more than enough. The most important thing is to improve the qualification, capacity, and competence of these researchers. One of efforts made by BRIN to make this research institution ideal is to appoint and install 10 Contract-based Government Employees (PPPK) under doctoral qualifications on Tuesday, 1 March 2022.

Handoko hoped that the researchers who join BRIN can be more creative and improve their productivity. “We hope that researchers who have joined BRIN can further improve their productivity and capacity as well as competence. In addition, hopefully BRIN can become a better home for researchers, so that they can contribute more, including to their original institutions or ministries,” he added.

Acting Head of the Planning, Personnel and Legal Bureau of the Geospatial Information Agency (BIG), Ali Nor Hidayat, who was also present to witness the handover of HR transfers, welcomed the integration of research resources into BRIN. According to him, all this time research activities in Indonesia are not well coordinated.

In addition to lack of coordination, research activities also often overlap between agencies or ministries. “Thus far, research has not been well coordinated, and after all research institutions integrate into BRIN, research in Indonesia will be more focused and can provide better benefits to the country,” said Ali Nor.

21 researchers from BIG have been integrated into BRIN. In the first batch, 15 researchers were transferred, one researcher in this second batch, and the remaining are still awaiting Decree from the President, considering that they currently hold the position of main researchers.

With the transfer of research function at BIG to BRIN, said Ali Nor, currently his agency is proposing a draft Presidential Regulation on BIG in which the research function has been removed from BIG’s tasks and functions. “After this Presidential Regulation is completed, it will be followed up by making a Work Order Organizational Structure (SOTK),” he said.

“Furthermore, the implementation of geospatial information research function is handed over to BRIN which has duties and functions in this field,” he continued.

With regard to the sustainability of geospatial information research function, Ali Nor explained, considering that the research functions and human resources have been transferred to BRIN, it is hoped that the research activities will continue at BRIN and can be carried out researchers who previously came from BIG. Coordination will continue to be built between institutions to ensure that geospatial information services continue.

“Coordination is an important thing between BIG and BRIN in conducting research activities, especially related to geospatial information. It is hoped that the researchers who previously served at BIG can contribute providing input to BRIN on the implementation of geospatial information research service function, which is the main task of BIG,” he concluded. (pur)