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  • The Union Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman on November 27, 2018 formally launched ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’ in New Delhi.
  • During the event, salient inventions and innovations achieved by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factories (OFs) that have resulted in successful filing of Intellectual Property Right (IPR) applications were showcased.
  • On the occasion, the Defence Minister also felicitated some of the scientists, who invented and innovated useful products for the nation. A panel discussion was held with participation of Chairman and Managing Directors of all DPSUs to formulate a strategy for the future in this regard.
  • While speaking on the occasion, the Minister lauded the efforts of DRDO and DGQA for focused efforts in spreading awareness about IPR, thus promoting a culture of innovation and creation of Intellectual Property.
  • The Minister also highlighted that while India has always been a knowledge hub since ancient times, but due to lack of awareness on modern legal framework for protection of IP rights, the nation’s knowledge and creativity have often not been utilised to its full potential.

Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti: Key Highlights

  • Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti has been instituted by the Department of Defence Production as a part of the ongoing initiatives to enhance self-reliance in defence.
  • The mission aims to provide a boost to the IPR culture in indigenous defence
  • The Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) has been entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating and implementing the programme.
  • The end objective of the programme is to inculcate IP culture in Indian defence manufacturing ecosystem.

Background

The Intellectual Property Right has emerged as a key ingredient of an ecosystem which stimulates innovation and ingenuity.

An IP Facilitation Cell was established in April 2018, which has worked tirelessly to achieve ambitious targets of training 10,000 personnel of OFB and DPSUs on IPR and facilitate filing of at least 1,000 new IPR applications.

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