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NIF effort to patent traditional knowledge of Nagaland
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Published on 26 Apr. 2009 12:14 AM IST
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One-day interactive session on documentation and patenting of Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) was organized by National Innovation Foundation in Collaboration with National Research Centre on Mithun, Jharnapani, in Medziphema on Saturday. Executive vice-chairman, National Innovative Foundation, (NIF) Professor Anil K. Gupta, speaking at the session discussed on various indigenous technologies documented by NIF and patents that had been obtained in favour of the communities/individuals who had contributed for sustaining and developing the knowledge for social benefits. He felt the need to map the traditional knowledge and skill of different tribes of Nagaland and document them, so that it could be preserved and popularized and for which he had fixed a meeting with government of Nagaland and Village Development Board (VDB) members of various districts on May 6. He also proposed to conduct a collaborative programme with KVKs, government departments and researchers at university and ICAR institutes for extensive survey and documentation of ITKs. He assured the help of NIF in validation and patenting ITKs. The expenses if required would also be borne by NIF and the patents would be taken in favour of individual and community sharing the information. Dr. Chandan Rajkhowa, Director, National Research Centre on Mithun shared his experience on wisdom and rich knowledge of tribal population living in unique geographical area located in north eastern part of the country for a healthy and comfortable living. He emphasized that contribution of community/individual was very vital for maintaining the traditional knowledge and must be recognized in a formal way. The Programme was attended by programme coordinators/SMSs of different Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Nagaland, Director Agriculture Government of Nagaland, Dean and faculty members of SASARD, Nagaland University.

 
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