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The Institute organized the 1st Lecture of Dr. V. G. Patel Memorial Lecture Series to commemorate its Founder Director. The inaugural lecture of this series was held on Friday, September 6, 2019 at EDII Campus, on the eightieth birth anniversary of Padma Shri Dr. Viharidas Gopaldas Patel (Dr. VG Patel). Shri Prabhat Kumar, Former Cabinet Secretary & Former First Governor of Jharkhand was the Speaker at the inaugural edition of this lecture series who delivered his speech on “Entrepreneurship with an Ethical Twist”.
 
Dr. Patel, an economist and ‘Father of Entrepreneurship Movement’ in the country, was the pioneer who instituted the concept of ‘developing entrepreneurs’ in January 1970. He successfully designed the first entrepreneurship development programme (EDP) in 70s to mitigate the constraints faced during setting up of new business through training and counseling. He passed away on April 4, 2019.
 
Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII in his address expressed his gratitude towards late Padma Shri Dr. Viharidas Gopaldas Patel and highlighted his contribution in sphere of entrepreneurship, small industry policies and growth management.
 
"In carving out a path for themselves our entrepreneurship aspirants must learn never to compromise with ethics that govern business and the nation. India aims to become one of the most sought after start-up destinations in the country through amalgamation of proactive policies, strong institutional setup and dynamic participation of private sector," added Dr. Shukla.
 
Shri Prabhat Kumar, Former Cabinet Secretary & Former First Governor of Jharkhand in his address talked about the initiatives and theory of entrepreneurship by Dr. V. G Patel, who nurtured entrepreneurship with passion and perseverance. Focusing on ethical Entrepreneurship, Mr. Kumar said, "My hypothesis is that the ethical movement in our country has to start from Indian entrepreneurs. We cannot expect it from the multinational companies. We have seen Enron, Volkswagen, Johnsons’ and Johnsons’, and many others failing the test of ethics and social accountability. Therefore it is imperative for celebrated institutions like EDII to come forward and be in vanguard of ethical movement.

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations (UN) specialized agency and Intellectual Property Office, India (IPO), dedicated to the promotion and use of IP, organized a one-day National Roving Seminar on Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) at EDII campus on 25 November, 2019.

The key objective of the seminar was to sensitize the participants on the basics of IPR and its role in enhancing the quality of education, innovation and research output including the commercialization and impact on societal growth. It also provided basic information and awareness on IPR spectrum from innovation to commercialization. Participants from diverse backgrounds including students, academicians, stakeholders, government officials, corporate professionals etc. participated in the seminar.  

Eminent speakers in the seminar included Mr. Naresh Prasad, Assistant Director-General and Chief of Staff, Office of the Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Prof Pradyamna Vyas, senior Advisor, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Rajesh Dixit, Deputy Controller of Patents & Designs, IPO Delhi, Dr. Vishal Rajgarhia, Director, Finecure Pharmaceuticals Limited and Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General, EDII.

The seminar commenced with the opening remarks of Prof Pradyumna Vyas, senior Advisor, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). In his inaugural address, he emphasised on the importance of Intellectual Property Rights and highlighted the need to spread their awareness and promotion. He also explained the importance of IPR protection and how inventions and intellectual creations could help boost economic and technological developments in the country. He spoke at length about the need of skill, academics and implications of the IPR law.

Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General, EDII, set the tone of the event by welcoming the Guests and briefing about various objectives of the seminar. He shared his insight on the current scenario of IPR and the status of India in terms of innovation and filing of IPR. He said, “In today’s globally competitive environment, intellectual property has placed itself on a pedestal in the context of economic growth .Intellectual Property (IP) is the fuel that powers the engine of prosperity, fostering invention and innovation. Such seminars help to create IPR awareness among professionals, academicians, students, researchers and stakeholders about the beneficial aspects of patenting their creative and novel idea and innovation etc. Such awareness in turn becomes highly essential for the promotion of creativity, research and technical advancements and their industrial applications.” He further urged and motivated the participants to be innovative and vigilant.

Rajesh Dixit, Deputy Controller of Patents & Designs, IPO Delhi, highlighted the patenting system in India. He elaborated upon different IP laws in India, throwing light on the various amendments undertaken under Patents Act. He further stressed upon the need of IPR protection. In addition to this, he also gave an overview of the mechanism for filing of the patent application. He also informed about online Copyright Registration i.e. E-filing and the working of the same.

Mr. Naresh Prasad, Assistant Director-General and Chief of Staff, Office of the Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), gave a brilliant, lucid and insightful discourse on the fundamentals of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and best practices in the integration of IPR in the innovation cycle. He said, “Due to the growing importance of Intellectual Property laws in today's business and legal environment and the interest the subject has generated, it is imperative to understand the fundamental concepts as well as the practical aspects of this area. He further added that to harness India’s potential as an innovation ecosystem there needs to be more focus on Intellectual Property Creation.”

The session concluded with Vote of Thanks by Dr. Vishal Rajgarhia, Director, Finecure Pharmaceuticals Limited. He thanked the dignitaries for extending much-needed support and exhorted the participants to become familiar with the intricacies of IPR and make the most of this event.
 
 
 

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