In view of the
increasing importance of bamboo as an important resource for renewable
fiber for making wood alternates, and the role being played by the
Institute in development of bamboo based industrial materials, need for
focusing the R&D efforts was felt. Accordingly, a Centre for Bamboo
Development (CBD) was established at the Institute in January 2001.
Mandate of CBD includes development of bamboo and its composites as
engineering materials for various end use applications, techno-economic
feasibility studies of bamboo composite/panel materials. CBD drives its
strength from the core competence available at the Institute in various
related basic disciplines including adhesives technology, bamboo
processing and preservation, products development, material/product
testing, human resource development (training). CBD at IPIRTI has
already become a nodal centre for development of industrial product from
bamboo in the country.
Keeping the increasing
role of R&D and Training in the development of bamboo sector in the
country and in the region, it is proposed to upgrade CBD into a
Centre of Excellence.