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Punjab becomes hub for promoting innovation in India, centre opens

Chandigarh, Dec 6: “Mention the word ‘patent’ and people’s eyes glaze over. That is why I prefer to use the word ‘innovation’.”

Andrew Czajkowski, head of the innovation and technology support division of World Intellectual Property Organisation, a Geneva-based specialised agency of the United Nations, is all too aware of the general disinterest in the world of intellectual property rights.

This is why Czajkowski, who was in Chandigarh to inaugurate India’s first Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) at Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), was happy to see a large number of people associated with IPR (intellectual property rights) in the region. “We have 600 TISCs in 71 countries, but there are places where we had to start from scratch.”

It’s not so in Punjab. “We were selected for setting up TISC due to our work in the field of IPRs,” says Dr Jatinder Kaur Arora, executive director, PSCST, adding, “We have IPR cells in 14 universities of Punjab.”

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