Where is Patent Information Centre?

Despite Liberal Funding From Centre, JK Fails To Establish Key Institute In Srinagar

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Jan 2: Kashmiris have all that could make them excel in the best innovative competitions, except the support of the state government which has failed to establish a vital centre for young innovative minds for the past seven years. The Patent Information Center is yet to be established despite liberal funding from the Government of India.
In 2005, a team of officials from Technology Information Forecasting Assessment Cell (TIFAC) had pitched for establishment of the Patent Information Center at Srinagar.
“Most of the research commercially applicable conducted by researchers goes unpatented because of lack of awareness, non-availability of related data, etc. As a result such researchers do not continue their research endeavor with enthusiasm as they remain deprived of benefits of patenting,” states documents of J&K Council for Science and Technology
The officials of TIFAC had recommended establishment of Patent Information Center after participating in a two-day workshop on “Patent Awareness Programme” at Srinagar.
“Subsequently J&K Council for Science and Technology inked an agreement with TIFAC which accordingly sanctioned the establishment of Patent Information Center at the cost of Rs 14.62 lakh,” the documents state. “Out of this a grant of rupees five lakh was released in the first year.”
However, according to the documents, it took three years for the JK Science Council to constitute the selection committee for engagement of Project Scientist/Junior Research Fellow for running the Center. “The committee met only once and could not reach an agreement over modalities of engagement of the project scientist,” the sources said. Interestingly more than 30 innovators from Kashmir have filed their patents through University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC) of Kashmir University. “We filed 21 patents in favour of grassroots innovators including students, farmers and artisans through National Innovation Foundation (NIF), Ahmadabad, and filed 10 patents in favour of formal sector innovators including faculty and students from National Institute of Technology (NIT), SKUAST, GMC and others,” said Director USIC, Prof. Ghulam Mohiuddin Bhat.
He further said that 'there is a dire need for establishment of a full-fledged patent facilitation centre in Kashmir, preferably at Kashmir University, which shall generate awareness about patents among the masses as well as process the patent applications of technology innovators from this part of the country.'
The Minister for Science and Technology Syed Aga Ruhulla assured taking steps for proper functioning of the Center.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 2 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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