BENGALURU: Engineering students of various colleges have been coming up with remarkable innovations through their college projects. Some have even impressed private sector firms and also defence sector units, who have adopted at least parts of those technologies in their units. But, at the students’ level, those innovations are lost after they graduate from the colleges.
Now, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has come up with a plan that would see these innovations go places. For this to happen, the AICTE has taken the first step, aiming to bring awareness about patents among engineering students across India. The Council is introducing an Intellectual Property Talent Search Examination (IPTSE)-cum-awards from the current academic year, and this competitive examination would be conducted once a year in November and will be conducted online. It would specifically deal with spreading knowledge about getting patents for their projects and innovations.
As per the circular issued by AICTE, the objective of the proposed IPTSE is to sensitise the youth about the importance of intellectual property rights (IPR), which includes patent, trade mark, copyright etc, besides fostering the spirit of innovation. “This initiative will help identify potential young talent in the realm of IPR (Intellectual property rights). This initiative is in line with the objective of National IPR Policy, released by the Central ministry of commerce and industry,” said a senior AICTE official. Experts feel that by doing this, repetition of ideas and plagiarism would be drastically cut down, and would encourage the students to come up with fresh and original ideas for projects.