First in India: Punjab bags first UN agency-backed innovation centre

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UN agency for intellectual property rights, which has centres in 42 countries, will set up a centre in Chandigarh to promote innovation in the region.

Manraj Grewal Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH Here is another feather in Punjab’s turban. The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Geneva, the United Nations agency for the promotion of intellectual property rights (IPR), has chosen the state’s capital Chandigarh to set up its first Technology Innovation and Support Centre (TISC) in India.

WIPO has centres in 42 countries so far, but India was not among them. This first-of-its kind centre will come up at the Patent Information Centre (PIC), Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), in Sector 26, Chandigarh.

There were several other states, which had set their sights on TISC, but Punjab bagged it because of its proactive work in the field of intellectual rights.

Dr Jatinder Kaur Arora, executive director of PSCST, said the central government did an onsite evaluation of their work and infrastructure before deciding to select Punjab for TISC.

The PIC has set up 13 IPR cells in various universities of the state, besides starting 16 IPR clubs in engineering colleges and institutes. It has also introduced a help desk at Ludhiana.

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