The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research – National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (CSIR-NIScPR) organized a national workshop and celebrated World Intellectual Property Day. The theme of the workshop was “IP and SDGs: Innovating for a Shared Future.” The event, held at the seminar hall of CSIR-NIScPR S.V. Marg campus, New Delhi, was attended by over 250 school students and featured presentations from five outstanding innovators who were also felicitated for their contributions to technology and entrepreneurship.

Coordinator of the workshop Dr. Kanika Malik (Senior Principal Scientist at CSIR-NISCPR), provided an insightful introduction to Intellectual Property Rights, emphasizing the importance of protecting innovations for national development. She explained how school students can venture into this field and take it as a career option.

In her address, Ranjana Aggarwal, Director, CSIR-NIScPR said, “Historically, India was often referred to as the “Golden Bird,” a testament to its advanced state and significant global economic contribution, which once stood at 30%. As we mark 75 years of independence, our GDP contribution has adjusted to 9%. Looking ahead to 2047, our ambition is to elevate this figure to 20%. This goal underscores the importance of fostering domestic technological innovation and nurturing indigenous knowledge systems.

The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has been instrumental in safeguarding our nation’s intellectual heritage, exemplified by its successful challenge against the patenting of turmeric and basmati rice in the United States. This victory reclaimed crucial patents for India. It is imperative that we continue to protect our intellectual property vigorously. The Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, published by CSIR’s National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (NIScPR), is a significant step in this direction, serving as a beacon for intellectual property awareness and education.”

The workshop was graced by the presence of Prof. Unnat Pandit, Controller general of Patents Designs and Trademark (CGPDTM), as the Chief Guest. His keynote address highlighted the critical role of intellectual property in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and fostering a culture of innovation. Prof. Pandit said, “Over the past decade, India has made remarkable strides in scientific achievements, a testament to the innate innovative spirit and research acumen of our nation’s thinkers, who are adept at addressing grassroots challenges.

He further added, “Since the National IP Awareness Mission has been initiated to foster awareness. In just one year, we have received 90,300 patents.”

The highlight of the workshop was the inspiring stories shared by young innovators and entrepreneurs. These visionary individuals have not only made significant strides in their respective fields but have also demonstrated how creativity and innovation can lead to a sustainable future.

The participation of school students was particularly noteworthy, as they engaged with the innovators, learning about the real-world applications of intellectual property and its significance in driving progress..

The CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (NIScPR) is a constituent laboratory under the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. It is dedicated to science communication, policy research, and the promotion of scientific awareness among the public.


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