The Union Defense Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, on November 27, 2018, formally launched the “Raksha Gyan Shakti Mission” in New Delhi.
During the event, important inventions and innovations were shown by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the Public Defense Sector Companies (DPSU) and the Artillery Factories (OF) that have resulted in the presentation successful applications for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).
On the occasion, the Minister of Defense also congratulated some of the scientists, who invented and innovated useful products for the nation. A round table was held with the participation of the President and the Administrative Directors of all the DPSU to formulate a strategy for the future in this regard.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister praised the efforts of DRDO and DGQA for the efforts focused on raising awareness about intellectual property, thus promoting a culture of innovation and creation of intellectual property.
The Minister also stressed that although India has always been a center of knowledge since ancient times, but due to the lack of awareness of the modern legal framework for the protection of intellectual property rights, knowledge and creativity of the nation often they have not been used to their full potential.
Raksha Gyan Shakti Mission: Key Highlights
• The Raksha Gyan Shakti Mission was instituted by the Department of Defense Production as part of ongoing initiatives to improve self-sufficiency in defense.
• The mission aims to provide a boost to the culture of intellectual property rights in the indigenous defense industry.
• The General Directorate of Quality Assurance (DGQA) has been entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating and implementing the program.
• The ultimate goal of the program is to inculcate the IP culture in the defense manufacturing ecosystem of India.
The right of intellectual property has become a key ingredient of an ecosystem that stimulates innovation and ingenuity.
In April 2018, an IP Facilitation Cell was established, which has worked tirelessly to achieve the ambitious objectives of training 10,000 OFB and DPSU employees on IPR and facilitating the presentation of at least 1,000 new IPR applications.