Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights at Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University Palampur

Mar 16, 2017 17:15 | Feature & Viewpoint
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An awareness workshop on “Intellectual Property Rights: Issues and Challenges” for the faculty and post graduate students was organized at Chaudhary Sharvan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University CSKHPAU ,Palampur (4okms from here )today.

Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial , Vice-Chancellor, while inaugurating the workshop, said that his university would extend all help to the farming community to protect their intellectual property rights (IPRs) as they were the ones who have since ages conserved the traditional crop varieties helping the scientific community to develop modern crop varieties.

The Vice-Chancellor while speaking on the genesis and importance of ‘Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Right Act 2001 (PPV&FRA)’ said. “it was a unique act world over which has acknowledged the tremendous contribution of the farmers and protected their rights. Scientific community and students should create awareness about this act among the stakeholders.” He also highlighted the importance of IPR regime in agriculture, veterinary and allied sciences and informed that recently IPR cell has been reconstituted in the university by involving an expert from all constituent colleges. He underlined the need for protection of precious genetic resources through PPV & FRA and intellectual property assets of the university by filling patents and registering trademarks.

Prof Sarial detailed about various provisions of the PPV&FRA, Indian Seed Act 1966, National Gene Fund, Plant Breeder’s Rights and Privileges of Farmers and asked participants to fully understand these from the experts.

Dr.R.S.Jamwal, Director of Research, elaborated about traditional crop varieties and land races of Himachal Pradesh and need to get theses registered. He informed that the university has framed its IPR policy also.

Dr.H.K.Chaudhary, Chairman, IPR Cell of the university, told that university has already taken initiative to get three patents registered by Indian Patent Office and has filed nine patent applications. He said that trade mark ‘Him Palam’ has been got registered. Dr.J.K.Sharma, Nodal Officer, PPV&FRA; Dr.K.D.Sharma, Member Secretary, IPR Cell; Dr Sudhir Kochar an expert on IPR and Dr.Ritika Kanwar, Scientist, H.P.State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (SCSTE) spoke on IPR issues and challenges.

Around 125 scientists and students attended the workshop jointly organized by the university and SCSTE.