A one day IPR awareness workshop sponsored by the MHDR IPR Chair was held in Tezpur University on June 3, 2011. It was attended by the college faculty of nearby districts besides Sonitpur. Mr R. Saha, who was the MHRD IPR Chair Professor in Tezpur University for a brief period, introduced IPR to the participants and Dr. R.K. Barman, Head, Science &emp; Techology Division, ASTEC &emp; Nodal Officer, Patent Information Centre, Guwahati, outlined the activities related to innovations in the state of Assam.
World Intellectual Property Day was celebrated in the campus on 26th April, 2011 to create awareness among the TU fraternity regarding global IP scenario. 50 participants from various departments participated in the sensitization programme. A quiz programme was also conducted for the students, staff and the faculty members on the eve of the World IP Day.
A one day workshop was held in the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Arunachal Pradesh on March 23, 2012 in the Seminar Hall of Dept. of Forestry. The aim was to enhance IPR awareness amongst faculty / students / researchers of neighbouring states of Assam. Director, NERIST Prof. P.R. Alapaty in his inaugural speech emphasised on the value and use of IPR in the field of research and development. He suggested that students and faculty should be made aware of copyright and other moral issues to sensitise them on the nuances of citing references in their writings, theses, publications, presentations, etc. He also urged the academic colleagues to refrain from plagiarism. Prof. R. Saha, then MHRD IPR Chair Professor, conducted the technical sessions in this workshop.
A Colloquium was held on February 27, 2012 in the University Council Hall. The objective was to sensitise and enhance IPR awareness amongst the faculty and students on how IPR facilitates R&emp;D, transfer of technology, commercialisation and how strategic management of IPR leads to the creation of thinking and responsible minds and the role of IPR in societal development. The invited speaker was Dr. Prabuddha Ganguli. He stressed on the growing need of a proper institutional management system to promote institutional IPR Policy to enhance the quality of education, research for sustained academic excellence, integrated innovation management and commercialization. He also highlighted the importance of structured and systematic documentation and illustrated how authentication of such documentation plays a very important role in the management of IPR.