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303 patents filed, Shoolini now at the top

Shoolini University, which now figures among the top five universities in the country to file patents, has resolved to encourage research and be the number one among all institutions in the country in the field of patents.

The Faculty and students of the University have so far filed 303 patents which involves prelim­inary investigations by author­ised agencies into the exclusiv­ity and viability of the patents filed.

Vice Chancellor Prof PK Khos­la said that during the last finan­cial year faculty and students of the University had filed over 180 patents and added that “we are confident that this figure is either the highest or the second best among all the Indian Uni­versities, though official data is not available in this regard”.

A two-day intensive workshop was conducted on Intellectu­al Property Rights (IPR) and Research and Development (R and D) to formulate a plan to attain global rankings after the remarkable results already achieved in the country. Top lu­minaries from across the coun­try discussed plans on how to raise the standards of research in the next three years to be among the top 200 global uni­versities of the world by 2022.

The Chief Guest and Guest of Honour for the opening day was Dr. A Mukhopadhyay from Department of Science and Technology, Delhi and Mr. D C Rana, Member Secretary, HIM­COSTE.

Mr Shashi Dharan, Incharge, HP Patent Information Center, HIMCOSTE conducted a talk on the topic overview of IPR with special reference to Geo­graphical Indications. Another workshop on Prior art Search and Patent Drafting by Mr. Somitra Kumar, Advocate and Patent Attorney, Delhi, was conducted.

Prof Khosla said in order to increase the number of granted patents, “we should identify 10 patents for examination and for these the codal formalities need to be done on priority bases”.

Earlier the welcome Address was delivered by Dr. Reena V Saini, IPR Cell Coordinator, Shoolini University.

The second session focused on the Research, development and other parameters vis-a-vis the plan to reach global standards in the next three years. Dr. RS Paroda, Former DG of ICAR, Dr. RC Mahajan, Emeritus Prof., PGI, Chandigarh, Dr. A Mukhopadhyay, department of science and technology, Delhi, Dr. Suman Bala Beri of Panjab University were the chairper­sons of the event.

The session was based on the comparison between NIRF rankings and the international rankings and why the Times Higher Education Ranking System suits Shooloni. Also, the detailed methodology of all

the three ranking systems were discussed.

The chairperson for the session was Dr. RC Maha­jan and the co-chairperson was Dr. Anuradha Sourirajan.

The major highlight of this ses­sion were the three major points that needs to be kept in mind for the next three years i.e. per­ception, research and income of industry. The workshop resolved to focus on research publications in SCOPUS list­ed journals with high impact factors. It set the target of 800 publications in the next three years so as to become eligible to compete for Times Higher Education (THE) rankings and to put focus on research with foreign collaborations, among a host of other resolutions.

Later a panel discussion was carried by Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Atul Khosla followed by the action plan for Shoolini on five parameters I.e. teaching, research, citations, internation­al outlook and industry income. Dr. Saurabh Kulshreshta, Dean Research and Development, Shoolini University, presented a vote of thanks.