India: UGC directs all the major varsities to offer IPR as an elective subject
The University Grants Commission, while reiterating the importance of Intellectual Property Rights, has asked universities to offer it as a generic elective subject under the Choice Based Credit System.
In a letter to universities, UGC secretary, Jaspal S Sandhu said that creations of mind such as inventions, designs for industrial articles, literary, artistic work, symbols, names and images, etc., are protected by Intellectual Property rights. The letter also stated that IPRs should be protected to encourage the creator and also striking a balance between the innovators and public interest by creating an awareness where creativity can flourish.
Keeping in view the importance of IPR which recognizes the work of the creator, the universities are requested to devise, through academic council, inclusion of IPR as a generic elective subject under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in their universities and all other affiliated colleges.