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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
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

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.

First Published: Oct 16, 2006 01:11 IST