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Alumni connect: Former COEP student on why Intellectual Property Rights are crucial for India

A weekly column that re-connects with Pune’s alumni to see how they are faring in their careers: Prayank Khandelwal is an alumnus of College of Engineering, Pune. He also visited Tel Aviv University (TAU) under a fully paid scholarship to study advanced cyber security and business entrepreneurship.

pune Updated: Dec 22, 2017 15:06 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times,Pune
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Prayank Khandelwal.(HT PHOTO)

Prayank Khandelwal is an alumnus of College of Engineering, Pune. He also visited Tel Aviv University (TAU) under a fully paid scholarship to study advanced cyber security and business entrepreneurship.

Tell us about your educational background? How were you in academics?

I completed my schooling with 94.55 per cent in 10th grade from City High School, Achalpur, Amravati. I went on to pass 12th grade from the Sam institution with 93.83 percent. I got admission in College of Engineering, Pune, and completed my BE in Information Technology. In my third year, I also visited Tel Aviv University (TAU) under a fully paid scholarship to study advanced cyber security and business entrepreneurship.

What happened after graduation?
The time spent at Tel Aviv introduced me to the concept of Intellectual Property Right (IPR) and luckily, Legasis visited our COEP campus for placements. I got the job and learned patent drafting, patent research and also business development activities at the law firm and consultancy company. I am into Intellectual Property Rights (patents, copyright, trademark designs and others). I am also heading a project, Legasis Innovation movement, from the Pune office. I also conduct IPR awareness sessions in colleges, universities and incubation centres.

What is that you like about your work?

I like the fact that I am able to spread awareness on intellectual properties and show people how to utilise and monetise it. I recently visited ARAI, Kothrud, and presented a seminar on the same topic. It is important for a country like ours to be aware of IPR.

What were the highs and lows of your career so far?

I never undertook an internship, so initially, it was difficult adjusting to the corporate culture. I did feel lonely and left out. However, seniors like Amit Kaushal gave me the freehand to implement my thoughts and ideas, thus making me comfortable and giving me the space to fit in.

What does the future look like?

I look at being someone who has the knowledge and ability to spread awareness on the topic to a large audience. My main targets are schools and educational institutes as that is where the majority of inventions and innovations take place. We need to make people aware of IPRs at a young age. I may look at having my own company soon or take up teaching IP on a full-fledged level.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 15:05 IST