Festival of Innovation & Research in Science & Technology

Alpana Saha


Female tech employees in India are doing very well in the area of Intellectual Property Rights. They have taken up all the streams of IP as profession and to celebrate this the National Research Development Corporation of India (NRDC), an enterprise of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, conducted an event “Women and Intellectual Property” on 26 April 2023 at Habitat Center, New Delhi. 

Cmde Amit Rastogi (Retd), CMD, NRDC said that the event had representation from CSIR, DBT, DST, NRDC and IIT and many more. He added that the seed of the event was sown by Director General, CSIR Dr N Kalaiselvi, and the idea was made into a festival by NRDC on International Intellectual Property Rights Day. This year is also the 70th year of NRDC, he said. He further said that one of the mandates of NRDC is the promotion and sensitisation regarding IP in India. He also informed that the event was well represented by women representatives — almost 90 per cent of participants were women.

The chief guest of the event Director General CSIR, Dr N Kalaiselvi was excited to be part of the all-female intellectual property rights event by NRDC. She said that the Hon’ble PM of India has done a lot to promote science and technology in India. She emphasised that the next 8 years are going to decide the next 80 years of fate of this country. “Now our country should stand on its own. This can come up with creative thought process. With the aid of creative thought process, there will be great increase in the number of IP registration in the country and the number of innovative works in the country can increase. Thus Indian policymakers must give a lot of emphasis on intellectual property rights for the development of the country. CSIR labs are doing ground-level research and NRDC is giving industrial support to the basic lab research work. However, currently only 16 per cent of IP is registered by women in India. Days are not far off when creative and innovative ideas of women will be reflected in the statistical data.”…read more on NOPR