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Mapping traditional knowledge, skill of Naga tribes
Published on 28 Apr. 2009 12:58 AM IST
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One day interactive session on documentation and patenting of Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) was organized in Medziphema on April 25 by national innovation foundation in collaboration with national research centre on mithun, Jharnapani, Nagaland. According to an official bulletin, 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, Dr. Chandan Rajkhowa, director, national research centre on Mithun, welcoming professor Anil K. Gupta, executive vice chairman, national innovative foundation (NIF) and the participants. Professor Anil K. Gupta, Executive Vice-chairman, National Innovative Foundation shared his experience about the wisdom and rich knowledge of the tribal population living in this unique geographical area, located in north eastern part of the country for a healthy and comfortable living. He also mentioned various ITKs that have been generated by different tribes and their ancestors. Speaking on the occasion, professor Anil discussed about various indigenous technologies documented by NIF and patents that have been obtained in favor of the communities/individuals who have contributed for sustaining and developing the knowledge for the social benefits. He emphasized that the contribution of community, individual was very vital for maintaining traditional knowledge and skill generation and stated it must be recognized in a formal way. He also felt the need to map traditional knowledge and skill of different tribes of Nagaland and document them so it can be preserved and popularized. For this he wanted to have a collaborative programmed with KVKs, government departments and research at university and ICAR institutes for extensive survey and documentation of ITKs. He assured the help of NIF in validation and patenting these ITKs. The expenses if required would be borne by NIF and the patents would be taken in favour of individual/community sharing the information. For detailed discussion, he has fixed a meeting with government of Nagaland and village development board (VDB) members of various districts on May 6. During his tour, he visited different laboratories of National Research Centre on Mithun, Jharnapani, Nagaland and highly acclaimed the working atmosphere of the institute where there is a blending of excellence and social responsibility, which will create a new bench mark of accountability.

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