As part of celebration of its silver jubilee, a regional workshop on “Translational Research and Innovation-…...making use of IPR across value chain” was organized on 30th of Dec (Sunday), 2018. This workshop cum training programme, jointly organised by TUIPR Cell with NRDC, was aimed at providing solutions to technological demands through deliberations from top technocrats belonging to various sectors like Oil India Ltd, Duliajan, M/s Medlis Healthcare Pvt Ltd. , Ahmedabad, Bhogali Food Products Pvt. Ltd., Guwahati, Williamson Magor Group etc. and professionals from organisations like LS Davar and Co. (IP attorney), Indian Patent Office, Kolkata and NEIST Jorhat. Prof. Pritam Deb, Coordinator, TUIPR Cell, shared with the gathering the idea behind organizing such a workshop for the innovators in his welcome address. Inaugurating the workshop, Dr. H. Purushotham, CMD, NRDC stressed “inventors must focus on Technology Readiness Level (TRLs) and work more aggressively on bridging the gap between technology and market requirement”. Resident Chief Executive, OIL, Shri B. P. Sarma, the Guest of Honour, while discussing the research and development activities of Oil India Limited, expressed that technology infusion and collaboration seems possible in terms certain areas like Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), reducing wastage of crude oil while exploration etc. The workshop was attended with 30 select participants from various fields of science and technology, who had one or more technologies in hand and are getting ready for translation in the next level. Besides, having dedicated sessions on sectors like Pharmaceuticals, Oil Industry, Food Industry, Tea Industry, Industry-Academic Business Incubation etc., the workshop included presentations from 14 innovators which were showcased to the industry representative and IPR professionals for comments. The daylong programme ended with a vote of thanks from the Research Officer, IPR Cell Dr. Juri B. Saikia.
As part of the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Tezpur University and Decadal Existence of the IPR Cell, a special IPR workshop was conducted for school children in Tezpur University campus on 1st October, 2018. Schools from Tezpur town and villages in and around Tezpur University participated. As many as 256 students and school teachers attended the programme that was organized in collaboration with CIPAM, a professional body under the aegis of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Govt. of India. It is noteworthy to mention here that this programme was a maiden event in this region of the country at school level to facilitate, students, teachers and educators realize the importance of Intellectual Property Rights and to orient them towards an IP conscious ecosystem. With National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy in place from May 2016, the Government of India has been undertaking several IPR awareness programmes across the country, under the flagship of CIPAM, for schools. The key focus of every such initiative is to nurture creativity and the ability to innovate from a young age and to become conscious of its protection through various IPR tools.
The gathering was welcomed by Prof. P. Deb, the Coordinator, TUIPR Cell and inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University, Prof. V.K. Jain. Ms. Divya Srinivasan, CIPAM, deliberated on “IPR Awareness for School Children”. A quick summary of the proceedings was provided in Assamese by Dr. Juri B. Saikia, Research Officer, IPR Cell followed by a vote of thanks.
A national symposium was organized on 26th April, 2018 in Tezpur University, coinciding with celebration of 10th year of establishment of the TUIPR Cell, and Silver Jubilee Celebration of the University’s establishment. This symposium on “Role of Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development : Integrating Transformation with Sustainability (RITES-2018)” was a maiden attempt in this region to bring together top management professionals from industries, academicians, researchers & students of diverse fields together to discuss various dimensions of academia-industry partnership today and exchange ideas, practice and experiences on different aspects of industry-academia integration. Invited experts from industries like Hindustan Unilever, IBM, Permacel Ltd., ONGC, etc. deliberated upon the latest innovations in their respective sectors. They also participated in discussions on facilities that are expected for working in collaboration with universities. Entire focus of these deliberations was concentrated around facilitating pro-industry research in the region. Experts from government bodies like Indian Patent Office, NRDC and MSME apprised the gathering about the schemes that are available for supporting such industry-academia collaborations and entrepreneurship. A special session was held under the aegis of Indian Patent Office for apprising the gathering about one of the less talked about IP tool “Integrated Layout and Design” and its benefits. The symposium was attended by 145 researchers, students and faculty members of Tezpur University and nearby institutions. A local exhibition of promising innovations by University researchers was held in the symposium venue that exposed the invited guests from the industry to the different directions of research undertaken in the campus.
Like every year, this year too, the World Intellectual Property Day was celebrated in the campus with much enthusiasm and creative engagements. However, the competitive events for IP Day 2018, had to be organised on the eve 26th April, to accommodate events for RITES-2018. The much-awaited quizzing event, the IP Quiz, was conducted by Mr. Ashutosh Das, a TU alumnus, that was based on issues related to intellectual property and its associated rights. The exercise exposed the participants not only to the theme of this year “Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity”, but also to small nitty-gritties of intellectual property in our lives, that we come across regularly, but often fail to recognise due to ignorance. 26 teams participated in the event and two teams were adjudged winner and runners up respectively.
The day was also marked with participation in the Innovative Idea Competition and slogan writing competition where the innovation based on a ‘mobile robot capable of sensing hazardous gas for military application’ was adjudged the winner.
In a landmark initiative for commercializing the homegrown technologies, Tezpur University has come in agreement with National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), an enterprise of the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, to develop fruitful collaborations with suitable industry partners and commercialise promising technologies developed in the campus. A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed in this regard on 02.06.2018 in the University between Tezpur University and NRDC in presence of key functionaries. Dr. Biren Das, Registrar, TU and Dr. H. Purushotham, CMD, NRDC signed the documents on behalf of their respective organisations. This initiative is believed to accelerate the process of rolling out of the home-grown technologies to the market, that will make these available to the society, beyond the university campus.
With Tezpur University making way to various national and international rankings, it has become well known how IPRs owned by any institution add weightage to such evaluations. Therefore, it is strategically important that certain guidelines are laid down for the fraternity to follow while dealing with Intellectual Properties created within the University.
Understanding this, the IPR policy of Tezpur University has been approved and adopted in Tezpur University. Henceforth, the university has joined the rare league of institutions within the country, which has an institutional IPR policy.