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Current Affairs Date: 16 January 2023


National Intellectual Property (IP) Awards 2021 and 22

⇒ Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal addressed the Valedictory Session of National Intellectual Property Conference 2022 on ‘Strengthening IP Ecosystem for catalysing the growth of Knowledge Economy’ in New Delhi on 15 October 2022.

Union Minister asked IP professionals to cultivate sensitivity in their work so that the Intellectual Property ecosystem does not disrupt good work by denying patents to those who have worked hard on their innovations and truly deserve parent protection.

National Intellectual Property (IP) Awards 2021 and 22:

The Union Minister also presented the National Intellectual Property (IP) Awards 2021 and 22 to winners for excellence in the field of Intellectual Property.

Important Winners:
    1. Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) has been conferred the ‘National Intellectual Property Awards 2021 and 2022’ by the Government of India for being the top Indian Academic Institution for patents filing, grants and commercialisation.
    2. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has won the National Intellectual Property Award 2021 & 2022 in the category ‘Top Indian Company for Creating Brand in India and Abroad’ and the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO’s) Users Trophy.
      • Tata Consultancy Services has been recognized for the Creation and Commercialization of Intellectual Property and for Boosting Creativity and Innovation in India.
About National IP Awards:
    • National Intellectual Property Awards are conferred annually to recognize and reward the top achievers comprising individuals, institutions, organizations and enterprises, for their IP creations and commercialization, which have contributed towards strengthening IP eco-system in the country and in encouraging creativity and innovation.
    • National IP Awards are intended to encourage innovation and management of intellectual property portfolio that influences the success of the innovation in different industry segments.
    • The award is given out by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.
    • The award included a trophy, citation and a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.
    • The main criteria of evaluation for these awards are Patent Applications, Grants and Commercialization.
WIPO Awards:
    • Three WIPO Awards which are given annually by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) under the WIPO Awards Program.
    • The WIPO Awards were also presented along with the National IP Awards on October 15, 2022.

6th edition of ‘Bharatatma Ashok Singhal Vedic Puruskar’

⇒ Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal presented the Ashok Ji Singhal Vedic Awards on 15 October 2022 in New Delhi.

Addressing the gathering, Shri Goyal said the Ashok Ji Singhal Vedic Award is a true recognition of those people who take pride in the rich tradition of Indian culture and have immensely contributed in keeping the Indian tradition alive.

He called upon the younger generation to connect with their roots and imbibe the essence of Vedas in all spheres of life.

» Commemorated in the loving memory of late Shri Ashokji Singhal, Former International President, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the Singhal Foundation hosted the 6th edition of ‘Bharatatma Ashok Singhal Vedic Puruskar’ on 15 October.

Awarded scholars and schools:
    1. Bharatatma Ashok Singhal Veda Award- Vedarpit Jeevan Samman – Maddulpally Suryanarayana Ghanpathi (Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh)
    2. Adarsh Vedadhyapak – J. KumarguruGhanpathy (Tamil Nadu)
    3. Adarsh Veda Vidyarthi -Gajanan Chandrakant Kulkarni (Ahmednagar, Maharashtra)
    4. Uttam Veda Vidyalaya – Pattabhiram Shastri (Veda Vimansha Research Center, Varanasi)
About Award:
    • The Singhal Foundation instituted the annual “Bharatatma Ashokji Singhal Vedic Awards” as the first national level awards in vedic education.
    • The primary goal of this award is to recognize excellence in the Vedic field and relevant genres.
    • It is the most prestigious award in the Vedic field, given in four categories: Uttam Veda Vidyarthi, Adarsh ​​Vedadhyapak, Uttam Veda Vidyalaya and Vedarpit Jeevan Puraskar, which provide three, five and seven lakh rupees, respectively.
    • Bharatatma Veda Puraskar was instituted in 2017. The first series of awards were presented in 2017.

Important Day

International Day of Rural Women 2022

International Day of Rural Women is celebrated every year on 15 October.

The day is dedicated to the millions of women who live in remote, rural areas. It is to celebrate and highlight their achievements and contributions towards rural development and agriculture.

    • International Day of Rural Women focuses on gender equality and women empowerment in rural areas.

The theme for International Day of Rural Women 2022 was “Rural Women, key for a world free from hunger and poverty.”

    • The theme focuses on equality and women’s empowerment and wants women to fight against the problems of hunger and malnutrition.
Celebration in India:

» The National Gender Resource Centre in Agriculture (NGRCA), Directorate of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare in collaboration of National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), an autonomous organization under Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) has celebrated ‘Mahila Kisan Diwas’ or ‘International Rural Women Day’ on 15th October, 2022.

    • As the year 2023 has been declared as the ‘International Year of Millets by United Nations (UN), the theme of 2022 Mahila Kisan Diwas was ‘Millets: Empowering Women and Providing Nutritional Security’.
    • In the year 1995, the Fourth World Conference on Women was conducted in Beijing, China, and the main topic of discussion was the empowerment of women. It was when the UN suggested that 15 October could be observed as International Day of Rural Women to appreciate the contribution of rural women in agriculture, food production, and food safety.
    • This international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”
    • The first International Day of Rural Women was observed in New York on 15 October 2008.

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