Jakarta- BRIN PR. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has, in stage II, inaugurated 789 human resources (HR) from the research units of ministries and institutions. This adds the number from 1,089 human resources that were previously appointed. “There are still around 800-900 more human resources to be appointed in stage III. I hope the process can be completed by next month at the latest. Today there are HR from 10 ministries under the functional positions of researchers, engineers, analysts on use of science and technology, analysts on scientific data, scientific publication, curators of biological collections, and engineering technicians,” said Head of BRIN Laksana Tri Handoko yesterday (4/3), in Jakarta.

“We have just installed 10 new heads of Research Organizations (RO), out of the 12 ROs that should have existed. God willing, the inauguration of two other OR Head candidates will be carried out again to fill in the positions of head of Nuclear Energy RO and head of Archeology, Language, and Literature RO,” said Handoko in his speech.

As of 1 March 2022, there are 12 Research Organizations (RO) and 85 Research Centers (PR) that have been established by the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform (KemenPANRB). “Previously, there had been no purely functional-based organization, BRIN is the first. Heads of ROs should be research professors and heads of RC should be at least senior researchers. The organizational hierarchy is very thin. This will set a new precedent in this country and usually other K/L (ministerial/institution) organizations  will follow,” explained the Head of BRIN.

Of the 12 new BRIN RO nomenclatures, three have not changed name, namely Nuclear Energy RO, Aviation and Space RO, and Social Sciences and Humanities RO. For information, of the 10 RO Heads who were sworn in yesterday, two are women. They are heads of Agriculture RO and Food and Health RO.

Puji Lestari, Head of the Agricultural and Food Research Organization, said that the open selection process was very fast. “This process is very fast, transparent, fair and in line with competence. The interviewers are also competent,” she said.

Puji, who has just been installed, in general sets three stages of targets for the agriculture and food RO. The stages are divided into three; short, medium and long terms.

In the short term, she wants to increase international scientific publications in the fields of agriculture and food. Food self-sufficiency is the target in the medium term, and for the long-term target, she said, food security will be a priority.

Furthermore, Puji mentioned two schemes for research in the RO she leads, namely mandatory and creativity. “The first scheme is the mandatory national food program which is strategic and answers the current challenges. The second scheme is creativity to develop start-ups. Two of them are related to digital technology, such as smart farming and sophisticated agricultural tools,” she explained.

With regard to the innovation to be carried out, the idea of ​​the woman who was previously a researcher at the Ministry of Agriculture is to encourage researcher human resources to contribute with technology supports, so that their works will benefit many parties. In addition, she encourages agricultural and food research to synergize with the industry based on the needs of its users.

Puji stated, as the Head of the Agriculture and Food Research Organization, she can make a real contribution to sustainable food. “I hope that with this RO, the human resources and stakeholders at BRIN will smile, are comfortable doing research, and have the freedom to improvise. I want the community feel the benefits of agricultural and food research,” she concluded. She also hopes that this agricultural and food OR will help the technical ministries, in this case the Ministry of Agriculture in particular. (drs)