The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked various universities to offer Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) as an elective subject under choice based credit system.
UGC secretary, Jaspal S Sandhu, informed all the universities that things created by mind such as inventions, articles, literary or art work, names images etc are protected by Intellectual Property Rights. He gave the information to all the universities by writing a letter to them.
The letter also included that the IPR was first recognized in Paris for the protection of literary and artistic work.
The letter concluded that IPRs should be protected to encourage the creator and also striking a balance between the innovators and public interest by creating awareness where creativity can flourish.
The secretary has encouraged and requested the inclusion of the IPR as a generic elective subject under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in universities and the affiliated colleges.