The universities under the University Grants Commission have been asked to provide Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) as an elective subject to the students under the Choice Based Credit System by the UGC. This would further emphasize the IPR subject and generate interest among more students to take it up.
The UGC Secretary Jaspal S Sandhu recently wrote a letter to the VCs of the various universities across India telling them that knowledge of protection of inventions and artistic work is important in this digital age and students must remain aware of their Intellectual Property Rights. He said that it is important to safeguard the products of creative minds by protecting their designs, literary and artistic work, symbols, images etc. The importance of IPR is immense as it encourages the creator of an art to understand the nuances of copyrighting a piece of art and protecting one’s rights.
According to the letter written by the UGC secretary it stated, “Keeping in view the importance of IPR which recognizes the work of the creator, you are requested to devise, through academic council, inclusion of the IPR as a generic elective subject under the Choice Base Credit System (CBCS) in your esteemed university and the affiliated colleges.”
The letter further added that there must remain a balance between the interest of the innovator and that of the public. And to achieve this through awareness, IPR can be of great help, through which creativity can flourish. The importance of IPR was recognized first in the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (1883) and the Berne Convention for Protection of Literary and Artistic Work (1886).