‘Intellectual property major factor of economic development’

LAHORE: The Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) of the University of Veterinary and

Animal Sciences (UVAS) in collaboration with Punjab Agriculture Research Board (PARB) organised a 2-day National Workshop on “Intellectual Property Protection for the Inventions Related to Agriculture and Animal Sciences”, here on Monday.

Punjab Higher Education Commission, Lahore, Chairperson Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizam-ud-Din presided over the inaugural session of the training workshop while Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad, Director Intellectual Property Organization Mohammad Ilyas Bhatti and a number of participants from public & private organizations all over Pakistan attended the workshop.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Nizam-ud-Din said that it was dire need to focus on agriculture and technology research and patent documentation was required in innovation research especially in the development of livestock and agriculture.

He also lauded UVAS leadership for organizing such an informative and constructive workshop for the capacity building of professionals.

Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha spoke about the academic, research,development, extension programmes, development projects including Livestock Technology Park, Training Centre for Biologics Production, Export Facilitation Centre for Livestock & Poultry Industry and Development of Camel Milk Value Chain by adopting modern supply chain mechanism for enhancing farmers profitability in Punjab.

He also listed various training programmes, clinical & disease diagnostic facilities and services for the benefit of poor farming community on their doorstep.

He said UVAS was positioned among top 10 universities of Pakistan because of its quality of education and research. He said the UVAS was focusing on research and closely working with livestock, poultry and dairy industry to solve their issues by using its trained manpower.

He said that UVAS scientists/faculty members were executing research projects of about Rs 1,100 million won from national and international funding agencies.

He also acknowledged the steps taken by the Punjab government,especially ban on soda drinks in all educational institutions of Punjab.

Ilyas Bhatti said that intellectual property was one of the major factors of economic development. He said modern era progress and prosperity of business and market mostly depended upon intangible assets. The countries which managed their intellectual assets properly obtained prominent stature among the nation, he added.

The objectives of the workshop were to create awareness among agriculture, livestock and fisheries sectors researchers about the potential and necessity of innovation, stimulate applied research to enhance productivity of livestock and agriculture sectors, to foster closer linkages between ORICs of various public and private sector universities and government departments responsible for research and development in agriculture and fisheries.