Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. The Science and Technology Demonstration Center (PP-IPTEK) is one of Public Service Agencies (BLU) under the coordination of the Ministry of Research and Technology. With the integration of the Ministry of Research and Technology into the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) since 1 September 2021, PP-IPTEK has become part of BRIN under the name BRIN Science Center.

This was conveyed by Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko in front of members of Commission VII of the House of Representatives of RI at a hearing at the Nusantara Building, Jakarta, Monday (24/01/2022). So far, PP-IPTEK building stands on land owned by the Ministry of State Secretary which is managed by Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII).

PP-IPTEK which was officiated by President Soeharto on 20 April 1991 is equipped with a number of teaching aids made by experts from several ex-LPNKs namely LIPI, BATAN, and BPPT. In PP-IPTEK there are science and technology learning facilities that provide opportunities for visitors to see and learn the secrets and natural phenomena that are demonstrated.

With regard to management of PP-IPTEK as a Public Service Agency (BLU), Handoko and his team have carried out an in-depth evaluation, and found the facts that every year PPIPTEK experiences a shortage (minus) of 15 billion. According to Handoko, this should not have happened to a BLU.

“BLU should not experience a minus. Therefore, for its management we are trying to use a partnership mechanism by which we cooperate with an operator partner from the private sector to perform the same tasks and functions using the existing infrastructure,” said Handoko.

Through this mechanism, Handoko ensures that the PP-IPTEK service function to the community continues to run. PP-IPTEK after its integration with BRIN will change its name to BRIN Science Center.

Handoko hopes that through BRIN Science Center, the public will continue to receive the services they used to get from PPIPTEK. “At least under this scheme, we can be sure that the tasks and functions of PP-IPTEK can run without burdening the government,” he hoped. (Pur)