Tuesday, May 5, 2009

World IP Day Celebrations: An Effort by IP Students

Every year the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates April 26, 2009 as World Intellectual Property (IP) Day. The main objective of IP day is to “raise awareness of the role of intellectual property in our daily lives, and to celebrate the contribution made by innovators and artisans to development of societies across the globe.” WIPO and its member states each year celebrate this day with a central theme. This year’s theme was “Green Innovation”.
We, the students of Post Graduate Diploma Course on Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Management in Agriculture (IPTMA) at National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) Rajendranagar, Hyderabad also celebrated this day on the same theme of “Green Innovation”. Opting to name it as “Sankalan” which means compilation, the programme was a mixture of literary, musical and cultural mix integrating the talents of students and Scientist-probationers in several programs of the Academy viz. Post Graduate Diploma Course on Information Technology Management in Agriculture (PGD-ITMA), Foundation Course for Agricultural Research Service (FOCARS) 85th and 86th batch.
The literary events viz. essay writing, poster making, quiz competitions were based on the theme of “Green Innovation” and issues of making technology from the ideas. Various traditional dances and folk songs from the four corners of the country were structured to give a view of our country’s richness in cultural and traditional knowledge. An innovative parody song (“Tarang”) was performed by the students of PGD-IPTMA to increase public understanding of what intellectual property really means, and to demonstrate how the intellectual property system fosters technological innovations along with protection of musical, artistic and literary works, that help to shape our world.
We felt that World IP Day celebrations at NAARM were an opportunity to celebrate and promote innovation in its true sense. It was a small step by us to create an understanding of green innovations through creativity, fun filled cultural events. After all small gradual steps will lead to a cleaner, healthier planet. You can make a positive change where you live and work. It does not matter what industry or field of study you belong to, but society can definitely gain through fostering innovations and affording a climate to recognize the creators.


Ruchica Goyal said...

You are absolutely right Manpreet. IP day celebration was not only fun and enjoyment but was a good learning experience as well.

kalpana said...

Congratulations to all the students! You made a mark in NAARM through this initiative.