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Shoolini among top patent filers in the country

Himachal-based Shoolini University has emerged among top patent filers in the country which includes the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

The nine year old private university, which is managed by a Trust, has filed 111 patents so far this year. It hopes to file at least 20 more before the end of the year.

As per the latest data available on central institutions with the Ministry of Human Resources (MRD), only three such institutions have filed over 100 patents so far this year. These are IIT Madras (132), IIT Bombay (104) and Indian Institute of Sciences, Bengaluru (101) While IIT Delhi has so far filed 96 patents.

Prof. P.K. Khosla, Vice Chancellor, Shoolini University said the “University has crossed the milestone of filing over 200 patents and aims at filing 100 patents every year.  Our thrust is also on converting research into technology with its refinement for commercialisation.  For pharmaceutical based patents, the focus shall be on clinical trials.The facilities for this are created in-house and also in partnership with industry”, he added.

Most of the patents relate to drug discovery, enzymes and peptides, disaster management and designing of agro-based tools particularly for application in hill farming.  “We have already generated a revenue of Rs 12 lakhs from patents”, he disclosed.

The total number of patents filed since the inception of Shoolini University now stands at 207. The largest number of patents have been filed by the University’s Biotech, Bioengineering and Food technology departments which have together filed 81 patents, core Engineering has filed 63 patents while Pharmaceuticals Sciences, Basic Sciences and Management Department have filed the rest.