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A.U. launches mandatory IPR course for all students of its Science College

Andhra University has formally launched a course on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) as a mandatory credit course for the first time by the Honorable Vice-Chancellor, Prof. PVGD Prasad Reddy virtually for all the students of MSc Third Semester of Science College. About 1200 students from A.U. College of Science and Technology representing 23 departments and 37 disciplines have registered and attended the course online.  It has been launched under DPIIT SPRIHA Scheme of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

In his welcome address Prof.H. Purushotham, IPR Chair Professor, Andhra Universityhas said that understanding various dimensions of Intellectual Property is essential by the students in the current knowledge economy and appreciated the vision of the University to introduce the mandatory credit course in all branches of Science, Pharmacy, Engineering and Management in a phased manner.

He has opined that had there been an awareness of IPR protection, the Andhra University and India could have earned enormous wealth and reputation out of the discoveries made by proud alumni of Andhra University such as Sir CV Raman on Scattering of Light which is called Raman Effect for which he was given a Nobel Prize. Due to lack of IPR awareness and education in the University system at the time, the path breaking discoveries could not be converted their knowledge into wealth.

Andhra University has now taken initiatives such as introducing IPR course and establishing Incubation centers to help the students and researchers to take their innovative ideas, research and inventions to the market place successfully. The foundation for innovation development made now will truly convert MERU into a happening University for the benefit of the whole University community at national and international levels.

Prof. V. Krishna Mohan, Registrar, Andhra University has highlighted various initiatives taken by Andhra University in nurturing IP, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Startups in the University campus and said it is for the first time in its history, the IPR course is launched for about 1200 students on a single go using the technology.

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Prof. K. Ram Mohan Rao, Vice-Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education (APSCHE) has appreciated the efforts of Andhra University in introducing the innovative education programs from time to time. He explained the importance of IPR awareness among students to become job providers and design their own careers rather than mere job seekers.

He also mentioned about the state government support for students and Startups by way of cash prize of Rs.1,00,000, Rs.50,000 and Rs.25,000 respectively for First, Second and Third positions from next January and advised all the universities to participate in the Co-Hurt.

Prof. PVGD Prasad Reddy, Vice Chancellor, Andhra University has explained various initiatives the University is taking for the last two years to promote eco-system with a focus on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Startup culture in the University campus and assured all the help to University students in converting their innovative ideas into products and services useful for the society.

He has mentioned that this is for the first time in India that a State University has introduced a mandatory credit course in IPR for more than 1200 second year masters’ students from its Science College apart from Principals of Constitute Colleges and Heads of the Departments participated. He has also mentioned about the outcome-based education system in Andhra University where a student graduating from a course would be learning through industrial experience when they will be doing their mandatory project work.

He mentioned that the market and economy are very dynamic and there is need for constant skill upgradation and knowledge with right attitude.  The University has State-of-the-Art research centers and students from other streams can also visit them and collaborate with the research personnel to raise their skill and awareness levels. He further congratulated the Speakers, Guest of Honor and around 1200 students registered for the IPR course who will get a definitive edge over the students from other institutes or colleges.

Professor K. Srinivasa Rao, Principal, Science College has proposed formal vote of thanks for the speakers and appreciated the initiatives taken by university authorities to impart IPR skills to all the Science college students.

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