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Experts shed light on intellectual property rights

NOTED ACADEMICIANS and scholars presented their papers on the concluding day of the two-day national seminar on ?Intellectual Property Rights : Plant Varieties and Genome Conservation?, here on Sunday.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2006 01:11 IST

NOTED ACADEMICIANS and scholars presented their papers on the concluding day of the two-day national seminar on ‘Intellectual Property Rights : Plant Varieties and Genome Conservation’, here on Sunday.

The Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Government Degree College  (SPMGDC) organised the seminar. Prof BN Pandey of the Banaras Hindu University Department of Law said, “Let us not fight, but file information  regarding traditional  medicinal  plants.”

Institute  of Engineering and Technology (Lucknow) director Prof LS Yadav gave an account of IPR, traditional  knowledge and geographical  indicators in tea production, while working in the North-Eastern region for about 18 years. He said the IPR system needed to be  modified  and adopted to suit  the Indian context.

Products  having  special  qualities  due to particular  geographic  locale have  an upper  hand in terms of its sale and use.

Chief conservator of  forests Rupak De said forests were nature’s  laboratories which played an  important  role in the conservation of natural  resources and  the vast treasure of flora and fauna. He said it was necessary to chalk out  strategies to focus  on environmental issues and  biodiversity conservation  and linkages with  incentives  related to local inhabitants, coupled  with sustainable  harvesting and rehabilitation of degraded areas.

Emeritus  professor University Grants Commission  Prof GS Paliwal gave an account of traditional  knowledge and intellectual property rights with a bearing  on the  tribal  people of Rajasthan.

Dr RC Srivastava,  Assistant  Director  Botanical Survey of India, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh presented an account of various flora of  the north-eastern region and the ethnic  knowledge of Adi and Nishi  tribes. Prof Srivastava said the  inherited  ethnic  knowledge of tribal  people of Arunachal Pradesh  should be  given due  recognition and awareness should  be raised among general  folk.
Adwait Ganguli from IIT, Kharagpur, Alpana Chaudhary from  Lucknow University, RK Chaudhary from Botanical  Survey of India, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh also presented their lectures in the seminar.

Chief guest of the valedictory session, head of the AU’s  Psychology Department Prof Janak Pandey  appreciated the college’s rare intellectual  atmosphere, as testified  by the  two-day academic meet.

Prof GK Srivastava, in his presidential  address, highlighted  the  significance of genome and said that extension and  origin  of new  species were the two sides of the same coin. Seminar chairman Prof HN Tiwari warned of legal issues involved in the protection of IPRs. SPMGDC principal Dr Shikha Yadav welcomed the guests, while Dr Ashok Verma conducted the valedictory session. Dr Arvind Kumar proposed the vote of thanks.

Entrance Test:
As many as 350 students turned up for the entrance test for the LL.B (five-year) integrated course 2006-07 on Sunday. The Allahabad University conducted the test. Co-ordinator of the LLB (five- year) integrated course Prof BP Singh said of the 334 candidates registered this year, 306 turned up.
Besides, 44 of the 238 candidates, who applied last year, took part in the test. Prof Singh said declaration of result and admission to 80 seats of the course would be completed by November 5, and classes would commence from November 15.