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March 8, 2019 (N.Delhi)
Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Launches GI Website & Tutorial Video on IPR
Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu, launched a tutorial video on "Intellectual Property Rights" for school students and the GI website in New Delhi today.The tutorial video is available on CIPAM's You Tube Channel and will form part of the existing resource pool on CIPAM's official website www.cipam.gov.in which is freely available for public.
Speaking on this occasion, Suresh Prabhu said that India's huge geography and ancient history has given rise to a diverse and distinct identity and CIPAM has the mandate to protect and promote this diversity through GI. The website will help in promoting creativity and motivate more of India's skilled artisans to apply for GI registration.
Commerce Minister further said that GI is a manifestation of India's deep knowledge and skill in various crafts and protecting this knowledge will further encourage people to invent, create and innovate. Ministry of Commerce and Industry has put in place a new regime which will lead to India transforming into a knowledge based society.
Suresh Prabhu also stated that India is not only a signatory to TRIPS Agreement but has also enacted fresh legislations, amended existing laws and strengthened domestic legal framework to fulfil the harmonisation with the WTOs TRIPS Agreement. Fresh legislation has also been put in place to upgrade the countries IPR.
The 20-minute tutorial video has been created by the Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) in collaboration with Qualcomm. The video explains the fundamentals of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) such as Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks.
'IP Nani', India's first Intellectual Property (IP) Mascot,features in a series of short animated videos, to spread awareness about the importance of IPRs amongst children. The tutorial video can be used in schools without any external intervention from teachers or experts and will aid in reaching a large number of schools and students, thereby overcoming issues of bandwidth and limited resources.
CIPAM, DPIIT, has been actively involved in many IPR related initiatives, including a nation-wide IPR awareness campaign drive in the country. Training sessions have been conducted in over 300 schools till now, reaching over 12,000 students. These sessions involved the use of interactive tools in the form of presentations, creatively illustrated posters and pamphlets, so as to teach the younger generation about recognizing their own IP as well as respecting others' IP. Content on IPR has also been included in the NCERT curriculum of Commerce for class XII.
The Geographical Indications (GI) of India website showcases Indian GIs products, classified state wise as well as product category wise. The website has specific and comprehensive details of geographical area, description of product, uniqueness, history, product process/ processing in addition to enlisting GI authorized users. It will increase the visibility and marketability of GIs of India and hence help in their commercialization.
Commerce and Industry Minister also gave away certificates to students who were selected to work on the GI website through a hackathon conducted by DPIIT.
The students who worked on GI Website are Deepak Singh, NitantSood, Karan Kapoor, Kunwar Deepak, Rachit Singhal, Sahil Verma, Rishabh Malik and Brahmdeep Singh.
March 9, 2019
Govt focuses on making science more accessible to people
Govt focuses on making science more accessible to people, but to become an R&D giant, India needs to do much more.
Between 2003 and 2016, India's article count in Scopus, the world's largest catalogue of abstracts and citations, increased from 27,000 to 110,000. Over that period, China's went up from 87,000 to 426,000, a meteoric rise that helped it dislodge the US as the largest single-country producer of science and engineering research. India's research output jump is no small feat, viewed against chronic problems of higher education. However, for better output and impact, India must not only fix these problems at the earliest, but also drastically increase R&D expenditure as well as reform policy in key research areas. In an effort to do this, the Principal Scientific Adviser to the government of India, K Vijay Raghavan, shared details of nine new science and technology missions that aim to promote research for the benefit of the society. The nine national missions include 'Natural Language Translation', 'Artificial Intelligence', 'National Biodiversity Mission', and 'Waste to Wealth'.
The net impact of these measures would be to make the usually academically complex discipline of science accessible to the masses by overcoming the language barrier and disseminating research and findings in the vernacular tongues-thereby providing teaching and learning material to teachers and students. There will also be focus on sustainable and ecological management and development of biodiversity- and development-related issues, with the same ensuring the sustainable soundness of science. Efforts will also be geared towards the development and use of artificial intelligence, quantum computing, connected mobility solutions and other technologies to address frontier scientific questions. These reforms are not enough though, and emulating China will require a lot more to be done, namely higher education reforms in the form of provision of autonomy to these institutes of eminence and sectoral reforms like the safeguarding of patented research output, amongst others. Till then, this is a good start.
March 6, 2019 (Kolkata)
Science & technology heritage of India gets a digital boost
The National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) of India has collaborated with Google Arts & Culture for an online exhibition about inventions and discoveries from over 110 renowned institutions in 23 countries.
The exhibition 'Once Upon a Try', which allows users to explore over 400 interactive exhibits, was launched globally on Wednesday.
THe NCSM, under the Ministry of Culture, said in a statement it has contributed six interactive stories that share some key insights into the long and glorious science and technology heritage of India.
"Modern technology has opened avenues for global audiences. Museums are no more limited to the boundaries of four walls. Our collaboration starts with India's science and technology heritage exhibition, an area lesser-known to the world," NCSMA Director General A.D. Choudhury said.
At the click of a button, one can be enriched with the knowledge of the 'Indus Valley Civilisation', 'Ayurveda: Indian Contributions to Medicine', 'Susruta Samhita: Ancient Indian Surgical Knowledge', 'Rasashala: Ancient Indian Alchemical Lab', 'Itr: Ancient Indian Knowledge of Perfumery' and 'Musical Instruments from the Indian Subcontinent'.
Also, museum views of the National Science Centre, Delhi, and the Science City, Kolkata, both units of NCSM, are available for national and global audiences to virtually walk through.
"We invite everyone to participate in the first phase of an online collection that celebrates innovation and science. Through inspiring, and at times surprising, stories from over 100 partners, you can explore the inventions and discoveries that have shaped our world," said Amit Sood, director of Google Arts & Culture.
Sood said the exhibition is "all about that first attempt, the idea, the journey of fulfilling a dream, and we hope it'll give people that extra boost to find their very own eureka moment".
Users can explore 'Once Upon a Try' on Google Arts & Culture (g.co/onceuponatry) or using the app on iOS or Android.
March 6, 2019 (N.Delhi)
PM panel on science and technology innovation identifies nine national missions
A high-powered advisory panel formed by the Modi government has identified nine national missions,including applications of artificial intelligence, that aim to address major scientific challenges to ensure India's sustainable development, a senior official said Wednesday.
The Prime Minister's Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) aims to facilitate, through its missions,collaboration to solve complex problems.
"The nine national missions aim to understand and conserve our bio-diversity and develop sustainable processes, leverage precision health for personal wellbeing, recover wealth from waste, develop and use artificial intelligence, quantum computing,connected mobility solutions and other technologies to address frontier scientific questions and our challenges, thereby enabling sustainable development for India and the planet," the official said
In a press interaction here, the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the government K Vijay Raghvan shared details of the nine national missions.
Raghvan, who heads the council, said science and technology is the fulcrum for the levers of government to effect social and economic change
"For this, scientists and society must connect closely, build stronger foundations in education, fundamental research,applications in agriculture, health, environment, energy," he said.
The PSA's office held four meetings of the PM-STIAC beginning October 2018 and key national missions emerged from the discussions and are being driven by the Office of the PSA, said Raghvan.Each mission will be led by a lead ministry and will engage international and national institutional partners, young scientists and industry, he said.
March 4, 2019 (N.Delhi)
Young Scientist Programme Launched at ISRO
Indian Space Research Organisation has launched a special programme for School Children called "Young Scientist Programme" "YUva VIgyani KAryakram" (YUVIKA)from this year.
The Program is primarily aimed at imparting basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the younger ones with the intent of arousing their interest in the emerging areas of Space activities. ISRO has chalked out this programme to "Catch them young". The residential training programme will be of around two weeks duration during summer holidays and it is proposed to select 3 students each from each State/Union Territory to participate in this programme every year covering CBSE, ICSE and State syllabus. Those who have finished 8th standard and currently studying in 9th standard will be eligible for the programme.
ISRO has approached the Chief Secretaries of the respective States/Administrators of Union Territories in India to arrange for the selection of three students from each of their State/UT and communicate the list to ISRO. The selection is based on the academic performance and extracurricular activities, which is clearly mentioned in the selection criteria already circulated to Chief Secretaries of States/Administrators of UTs. Students belong to the rural area have been given special weightage in the selection criteria. The list of the selected candidates from each state is expected by March end 2019
March 1, 2019 (N.Delhi)
33 honoured with India's most-coveted science prize
Dr Aditi Sen De of Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, is the only woman among the 33 scientists who were awarded for the year 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave away the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize - India's most coveted science and technology award - to 33 winners of past three years on the occasion of National Science Day in Delhi on Thursday.
De was given the award in the "physical sciences" category for her contributions in quantum communication. She is the only woman to receive the award in this category.The last woman scientist to receive the award was Dr Vidita Vaidya, a neuroscientist from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. She received the prize in 2015 in the "medical sciences" category.
So far, the award has gone to 16 women and 519 men.
The award was instituted in 1958 in the honour of eminent scientist Dr Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, who was also the founder director and chief architect of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), a government-funded research and development organisation, which now runs several laboratories and institutes across the country.
The prize comprising a citation and Rs 5 lakh in cash is given each year to outstanding researchers in seven disciplines.
"I feel that the science can be global but the technology should be local, suited to the needs of the people of the country. Our scientists and science organisations should not work in silos, rather they should work together to build a brighter future," said Modi.
"If this is done, the farmer and the soldier will benefit from science and research," he added referring to the phrase by Lal Bahadur Shastri "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan" to which former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had added "Jai Vigyan" and in January this year PM Modi added "Jai Anusandhan" during the Indian Science Congress, an annual event.
Addressing the scientists, Modi said, "You all live your lives in laboratories and you have a tradition of pilot projects. After the pilot, a project is made scalable. So, recently there was a pilot project, now we need to do the real thing. Earlier, it was a practice. And the real thing is: today's winners need a standing ovation."
The PM went on to say that scientists and scientific institutes should come together to work for India's future. Speaking at the event, Union science minister Dr Harsh Vardhan commended CSIR for improving its global ranking. "Over the last few years, under the guidance of our prime minister, our scientists have achieved a lot, especially CSIR that was ranked number nine on a list of 1,207 institutes of the world," he said.
February 27, 2019 (Telangana)
Swiss interest in India's energy and tech fields
Diplomat stresses promotion of public-private partnership
Sebastien Hug, Consul General, Consulate of Switzerland, has said they have been focusing on various areas like deep technology, renewable energy, health technology, science and society to work with India. This is being done with Swissnex.
"The mission of Swissnex is to connect the dots in education, research and innovation by bringing Indian context, facilitating collaboration, making connections and creating visibility," said Mr. Hug while addressing the inaugural session of an international conference 'Modelling of Systems, Circuits and Devices' (MOS-AK India 2019) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H) as a joint collaborative research effort between MOS-AK, Switzerland, headed by Wladek Grabinski, general co-chair of the conference and MOS-AK India in association with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Hug, who is also the CEO of Swissnex, stressed the promotion of public-private ventures between the two countries.
Surinder Singh, director of Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL), a unit of Indian Space Research Organisation, said India is facing a major challenge in terms of electronic imports, adding that can be dealt by indigenising manufacture of electronic products. The three-day conference includes 13 keynote lectures.
February 24, 2019 (Patna)
Work on APJ Abdul Kalam Science City to begin this month
The state government has moved one step closer to setting up the proposed Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Science City in the state capital.The bidding process has been completed and three construction firms have shown interest in the project. The construction work is likely to commence from February-end.
State building construction department executive engineer Ram Babu said the works would be awarded to the selected company within a week of the internal meeting of the officials. "We will do a comprehensive study of the firms concerned and award the tender to the best bidder. The construction work is likely to commence by the end of this month and is targeted to be completed by 2020-end," Ram said.
The architectural design of the G+1 building has been prepared by Bangalore- based company Flying Elephant, while the engineers of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Patna vetted the design on several factors, such as location, soil quality and seismic zone classification. The design was passed in December 2018 by the state science and technology (S & T) department.
The building with state-of-the-art technology would come up in 30,000 square metres area on 15 acres of land near the Moinul Haq Stadium in Rajendra Nagar with an estimated cost of Rs350 crore. The project was conceptualized in 2012 by CM Nitish Kumar with the aim of promoting and popularizing science among people as well as demonstrating and preserving the illustrious history of scientific development in Bihar.
The proposed Science City building would have four galleries -- 'Body and Mind', 'Space and Astronomy', 'Basic Sciences' and 'Sustainable Planet'. It would also have four learning suites - 'Maker Space', 'Big Data Centre', 'Kitchen' And 'Gym' - on first floor. Apart from that, a dormitory would also be constructed on the first floor, especially for schoolchildren who want to stay during the study tour or excursion. The dormitory to accommodate 250-odd kids would be connected to the learning suites.
Meanwhile, the S & T has shortlisted 200-odd exhibits for the upcoming Science City. Tenders for the exhibits are likely to be floated by March
February 21, 2019 (Hyderabad)
Great push in innovation over last 5 years: Govt official
There has been a greater push in innovation in the last five years, and there are about 15,000 startups out of which 5,000 are deep technology-based startups, secretary to Department of Science and Technology (DST) professor Ashutosh Sharma said Thursday.
"We have 15,000 startups, but a country like India needs 1.5 lakh startups or 15 lakh startups which need to come up not only from IITs and universities, but also from the grassroots-level," he said.
"Hence, we started the MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations and Knowledge) programme and the aim is to reach five lakh schools in the country this year with competition on innovative ideas," Sharma said addressing the DST-FICCI 'Global Research and Development Summit 2019' that began he.
The department of science and technology has a very active partnership with 45-plus countries and MoUs with 100- plus countries, he said.
"Our R&D expenditure in the last decade has tripled and the per scientist investment in science and technology is comparable to many countries of Europe and the US, he said. Sharma further there were about a dozen MNCs that set up R&D in the country and they provide solution to global problems, and "we want Indian industries to ramp up their investment in technology."
He said, "India and Africa can come together also on locally relevant grassroots innovations and technologies in agriculture, health among other domains where we learn from each other and work together and deliver."
The future of engagement with Africa looks extremely bright and FICCI is playing important role in taking those technologies to African partners, he added. He further said the department of science and technology recently launched a mission in cyber physical systems that would create human resources in the country, infrastructure and intensive R&D in areas of artificial intelligence (AI), machinelearning, robotics, sensors etc. This is a significant mission worth Rs 4,000 crore, he said.
"I would invite all our African partners to partner with us in all kind of technologies from agriculture to AI. And by working together we can effectively address many of our common problems," Sharma said.
Referring to scientific publications, he said the country is expected to reach third position in terms of number of scientific publications in about seven years overtaking Germany and the UK.
India's scientific publications are growing at 14 per cent every year, compared to the globalaverage of 4 per cent, Sharma said, addressing the -FICCI 'Global Research and Development Summit 2019' that began here So, publications in science and technology are an indicator of the basic strength and the basic problem - solving capacity which exists in the country, he said.
So, publications in science and technology are an indicator of the basic strength and the basic problem - solving capacity which exists in the country, he said.
Later speaking to reporters, Sharma was asked as to when India was likely to reach third position. He said, "My rough estimate is about seven years from now. China, US, Germany and the UK are ahead of us."