Jamia Millia Islamia(JMI) regulated a webinar on ‘Intellectual Property Rights in Higher Educational Institutions’ on October 03, 2020. It meant to create awareness about the IPRs eco-system among faculty members and students. Prof Najma Akhtar. Prof. Naresh Sahajpal, Former scientist G. Raghavender, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Law & Justice. Dr. Mohit Gambhir, Director Innovation Cell, Ministry of Education, were excellent panelist for the webinar.
Intellectual Property Rights in Higher Educational Institutions elaborated
Prof Akhtar in her initial address announced that the recent National Education Policy (NEP-2020) has put a push on incorporating skill development, ability enhancement, and a tech-driven approach in teaching-learning processes along with innovation and creativity. She further said that IPRs and patents are less understood by scholars. Therefore, mostly faculty members are unable to patent their creative research work. Also, the focus of academic institutions mostly stays in the publishing of exploration in journals. It is therefore crucial to create IPR awareness within the organizations.
She stressed that an enabling culture needs to be expanded within institutions, so that faculty members and students are conscious what of can be patented and what cannot be and they should know the processes of filing patents and significant advantages to the stakeholders.
Prof. Akhtar also informed the participants about the ambitions taken by the Govt of India and the recommendations of UGC to make IPRs as part of the curriculum in the academic organizations.
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Prof Sahajpal, best known for Technology Transfer, and Research Planning gave a comprehensive demonstration. He includes the significance of patents, filing patent applications, and the successive processes. He also shared his occasions and gave insights into how research can be translated into patents its logical use.
G Raghavender, informed that participants about the valid facets of IPRs, patents, and various policy initiatives taken by govt of India to foster the development of IPRs in academic institutions. He said that JMI being in the top ten central universities in the country has a huge capacity to improve its patent profile in the future.