From a correspondent
Rono Hills (AP), April 27,
A day-long awareness workshop was organized to celebrate the Intellectual Property Rights Day at the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) Campus by the Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology, Itanagar in collaboration with RGU.
The programme was graced by Satya Gopal, IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh as Chief Guest and Prof. Saket Kushwaha, Vice Chancellor , RGU as Chief Patron in the august presence of C. D. Mungyak, Director cum Member Secretary, A.P. State Council for Science & Technology, Prof. Tomo Riba, Registrar, RGU, Prof. A. Mitra, Director, IQAC, RGU, Prof. D. N. Das, Org. Chairman, RGU, Prof. Sanjeev Kumar, HoD, Physics, RGU, Dr. Boa Reena Tok, Associate Professor, Dept. of Education, RGU and faculty members and students of Rajiv Gandhi University.
In his address, Chief Secretary Satya Gopalhighlighted the importance of Intellectual Property Rights and the potential of youngsters in Arunachal Pradesh in the field and said that the only thing that was requiredwas to establish a sound scouting mechanism though which we can easily trace, scout and find out the inventors, pathfinders, pioneers and innovators in the state. He also highlighted the richness of biodiversity of Arunachal Pradesh and urged to file Geographical Indicator (GI) tag of all the unique horticultural, agricultural products and unique designs of traditional costumes and handicrafts.
RGU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Saket Kushwaha, in his address stressed on having a strong framework for promoting Intellectual Property Rights among scholars and researchers. It is important not only to recognize intellectual property and copyright as fundamental to research, but also to set in place processes that will ensure that copyright violations do not occur, he said.
The achievements and activities of the Patent Information Centre (PIC) under the aegis of A.P. State Council for Science & Technology, Itanagar was highlighted by Shri C. D. Mungyak during his introductory speech. He also urged upon the faculties and students of RGU to come forward to file more and more patents/GI in the coming years.
Dr. R. K. Barman, Head, Science & Technology Division, Assam Science Technology & Environment Council, Guwahati, Mr. Vineed Nair, Patent Attorney, Mumbai, Shri Priyadarshan Kumar, Patent Attorney, Advocate, Kolkata High Court and Mr. AniTaggu, Head, Computer Science Department, RGU were the resource persons of the programme.
The programme culminated with vote of thanks offered by Prof. Sanjeev Kumar, HoD, Physics, RGU.Saharia went on to clarify that NASA has an outreach office that distributes several educational materials, for free, including certificates (to be used for achievement awards to children) that ‘anyone’ can get a print out of from the organization’s website.