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Excessive industrialisation harming society: Prof Harshe

india Updated: Oct 15, 2006 00:47 IST

EXCESSIVE INDUSTRIALISATION rather than massive anthropogenic activity is detrimental for the society unless it specifically takes care of the environmental pollution and the basic needs of the society, said Allahabad University (AU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Rajen Harshe on Saturday.

Inaugurating the two-day national seminar on "Intellectual Property Rights : Plant Varieties and Genome Conservation", organised by Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Government Degree College at AU's Botany Department, Prof Harshe dwelt upon the need to protect the intellectual property rights and laid stress on the preservation of biodiversity. He said that in the present context, new patent regime has to be implemented to protect the country's vast treasure of herbal heritage. He warned that due to lack of some inner drive, opportunities were slipping out of Indian youth's hands.

Emeritus Professor, University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof GS Paliwal,  the chief guest at the inaugural session, was felicitated for his distinguished service for the cause of protecting innumerable plant varieties and chairing several academic bodies of the country.

AU's Dean Law Faculty Prof HN Tiwari explained  the various laws relating to intellectual property  rights and said that they have to be examined in the present scenario. AU's head of Botany Department  Prof DR Mishra  said  that India represents one of the mega biodiversity centres of the world with two hot spots including the Western Ghats and Northern Parts.

Earlier the patron of seminar SPMGDC principal Dr Shikha Yadav welcomed the guest. Organising secretary Dr Govind Das introduced the topic of the seminar. Dr Ashok Verma  conducted the proceedings  while  Dr Aravind Kumar proposed  the vote of thanks.

Later in the technical session Prof BN Pandey from BHU explained the implications and management  of  IPR. He stressed upon the need  to check biopiracy. He said a strong IPR  base should   lead to the development of the society which was possible through determination, sensitisation and awakening.

He also emphasised the need to protect farmers' rights besides proper understanding of Patent Act and Biodiversity Act.

Senior Scientist  National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow Dr UN Rai discussed the issues related  to International Property  Management and some legal aspects.