As a forerunner in all aspects of IPR, the State of Kerala plans to introduce IPR as a core subject in its curriculum both at the school and university level.
Readers may recall our earlier post where we had mentioned that Kerala is approaching its IPR initiatives in a systematic bottom up approach.Introducing policy initiatives, gearing up the IP- admin infrastructure and inculcating awareness and educating the young, the State is on a robust IPR mission.
Unnikrishnan of Livemint reports:
The government has already directed universities to include IPR law and implementation in the syllabus at the degree level from the next academic year. The move is aimed at motivating students to take up a career in patents and their protection.
“The state will initially start five or six centres of excellence to provide degree-level classes to students in all five universities, and faculty will be provided in the universities and its affiliated institutions over a period of time,” said a senior official in the state education ministry who declined to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
“The Kerala government’s move to include IPR in general education will also help overcome the severe shortage of professionals in the field of intellectual property rights and related areas in the country,” says R.S. Praveen Raj, a scientist at the Intellectual Property Management and Technology Transfer office, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, who played a key role in drafting the state policy.