Chandigarh: According to the latest data released by the Government of India’s Office Controller General of patent design and trademarks for the year 2018-19, Chandigarh University, Gharuan, said it has emerged as one of the leading universities with the highest number of 336 patents filed by its students and faculty. According to the statistics, 23 IITs have jointly filed 557 patents, followed by 336 patents filed by Chandigarh University alone, followed by 239 patents filed by IT giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The 4th position in this list is held by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with 202 patents, is followed by PSU company Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) in 5th place with 135 patents filed. Chandigarh University says due to robust work being undertaken by core research groups, the number of patents it filed has increased from 336 to 500 in 2019.
As per the data available from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) under the United Nations, with more than 1.5 million patents filed, China leads the list of countries that have filed the maximum number of patents in 2019, followed by the USA with 600,000. India ranked 7th on this list with more than 50,000 patents being filed in 2019 with just a 2.3% increase over the last year. The main reason attributed to the current situation is that India, with 0.85% contribution of its GDP for R&D, currently ranks 52nd amongst nations which contribute a higher percentage of their GDP towards research and innovation.
Developed nations such as US, Japan, Germany are amongst the top nations which have a major share in the global innovation index, whereas countries like India lag behind and are dependent on such countries for new-age technologies.
Working with a mission to make India a self-reliant nation in developing new technologies and the acclaimed top position in the global innovation index, Chandigarh University, Gharuan, has emerged as one of the leading university of the country which has filed the maximum number of patents in 2018-19.
While giving details about the patents filed by university students and faculty, Dr. RS Bawa, Vice-Chancellor of Chandigarh University, said, ”Department of Mechanical Engineering leads the university departments with 176 patents filed, which are followed by the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering with 59 patents, and 44 patents by the Department of Computer Science.”
Understanding its Institutional social responsibility, students and faculty of Bio-Technology and Pharmacy at Chandigarh University are contributing to the field of research and has filed more than 25 patents in the fields of Health Sciences and Medicine, which is yet another way of contributing towards society, the VC added.
“Higher education institutions or universities have a major role to play in the field of research which contributes towards the economic prosperity of any nation,” said Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor of Chandigarh University. “We at Chandigarh University, through our intensive R&D initiatives, are trying to turn the ‘Make in India’ dream into reality so that our country no longer has to be dependent on other nations like USA or Japan for the transfer of technology,” he added.
The University says it has earmarked an annual budget of Rs. 6.5 crores for research & innovation which is assigned to the Core Research Groups for the development of futuristic products and technologies.
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