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Intellectual Property Rights: Exploiting Patents at a Cost

Intellectual property refers to the property that is created by an individual or a company, with the exclusivity being recognized under law. The intellectual properties may vary from a book to music and from a symbol or design to invention. Some of the tools of safeguarding the usage of these properties are patents, copyrights, trademarks, industrial design rights and trade secrets. It is the duty of an IPR expert to ensure that the property of his client is not being infringed in any way by others for any purposes.

In India, the concept of protecting the abovementioned rights has traditionally been left to lawyers, but now, this trend is changing. There are a few colleges being set up throughout the country for providing education exclusively in handling cases related to intellectual property rights. These courses find many takers who want to make a career in the highly competitive knowledge market, because hardly any colleges run courses such as this in their programs. Some of the colleges based in India that people who wish to pursue studies in IPR are listed below:

  1. IIT Kharagpur Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law runs a three year LLB program with specialization in IPR, along with a half year Post Graduate diploma in IPR.
  2. Global Institute of Intellectual Property runs PG diploma and certificate programs pertaining to Indian & US patents, IP laws, services & processes.
  3. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has a Post Graduation IP Diploma which is one year duration and taught via distance mode.
  4. National Law School of India, University of Bangalore also has a distance learning PG Diploma in IPR Law of one year.

Delhi university delays exams, cites unfinished syllabus as reason

Fraught with regular strikes by teachers against the semester being followed by Delhi University, they have not been able to complete the syllabus of several courses. This has turned into a major educational loss for the students, who had appealed to the concerned authorities to postpone the examinations of this semester. And, their wish has been granted as the exams will now be held in December ’10, instead of November.

The Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) had felt the plight the students were undergoing in all colleges of DU, one of the most prestigious universities of the world. Their demand has been acceded to by the requisite authorities, with the Vice Chancellor of the university, Deepak Pental, agreeing to revise the academic calendar. According to the original schedule, the exams were to commence on Nov 20, ’10 and finish by the twenty ninth of the same month.

The President of DUSU said that he welcomed the decision of the university and made an appeal to the teachers to conduct the classes and finish the syllabus within the given time period. He also commented that the students are not against the semester system and disagree with the teachers in this matter. He said it was reasonable the teachers should come to take classes, since the university was making decisions keeping the students interests in mind and so should they.

The admission procedure for nursery admissions

As the season of nursery admissions sets in, some of the schools have already selected the pupils they would groom in the upcoming academic session. Schools across the country either selling forms or have already ended that part of the selection process. To fill the seats of a batch of 60 students in a school, more than 5000 forms are issued each year by schools, that too at a hefty price. Nowadays, it seems that the selection procedure for nursery admission than for any engineering or medical entrance.

The selection criteria of the students depends primarily on his/her age, and is less than three years old at the date determined by the institution, even filling up the form is futile. This leaves many parents with no choice other than to wait a whole academic year in order to apply for the admission. Just imagine, schools deciding that a child is born at the wrong time! Many schools take such scenarios into account and set the date keeping the best interests of the child in mind.

The selection procedure involves an ‘interactive session’, wherein a child is observed by the Principal or the concerned authorities of the school regarding the level of understanding of concepts he/she possesses. If the student is able to meet the criteria set by the school, his parents are called for an interview. During this stage, both parents are questioned about their educational and family backgrounds, interests and hobbies, employment status and positions, among a plethora of questions. Apart from all of this, the parents are made to fill innumerable forms and bring forth a large number of documents.

After all this, the school authorities prepare a list in which the students who have been deemed fit for it are named. Along with this comes a lot of form-filling, which has to be done the same day as the list comes out, otherwise the seat is forwarded to another pupil. The process ends with the payment fee, which is nothing short of humongous these days. Actually, the fee is affordable in most cases, it is the ‘School Development Fund’ (erstwhile called donation) that burns a hole in the pocket of the parents.

Tips for those Looking to Make a Career in Translation

For the linguistically inclined, learning new languages is more than a hobby – it’s their passion! And, in this day and age, anyone with a zest for words can make a fruitful career out of translation and interpretation. It is a rather unconventional choice for many, but those who are good with words know the value & freedom that goes with this choice of occupation. But, bear in mind, this is not an option for just about anyone – you must be really good in the chosen foreign language to succeed in this cutthroat competitive world. Without a doubt, if you are good at languages, you are looking at a hefty pay package with a flexible life.

It is said that learners who start foreign languages at an early age are able to grasp them better and more easily than those who start later on in life. But, those who start later on do not lose much, as learning a language is dependant only on your affinity for them and the effort you put into it. Nowadays, the most popular languages to make a career include the four European ones, French, Italian, German & Spanish (FIGS), and the Asian bloc, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese & Korean. Most renowned translators & interpreters have been trained by recognized institutions and can speak at least one language from the two groups proficiently.

The career options are inter-related, yet diverse, as you can work as a translator for reading material, interpreter for foreign visitors, and can also handle international conferences. All jobs are high paying, one more than the other, depending on the competency of the individual. The translators start by converting manual from one language to the other, and become editors in different capacities for their organization in due course of time. The interpreters & conference handlers are much wanted in embassies, corporate houses as well as institutes for handling variegated situations. All jobs are offered by numerous organizations on full time, part time as well as freelance basis, with excellent salaries awarded in all of them.

Basic Education for underprivileged children

For a developing nation like India, educating the future is extremely important. Our future is our children. But with so much poverty and basic everyday needs even not being fulfilled, how can such children receive proper education? Therefore various NGO’s, government organizations and other non-profit organizations have come forward to provide education to under privileged children, especially in slum areas.

Organizations such as Smile foundation, Plan India, IRS set up by ICFAI Hyderabad, Teach India, Asha etc have all provided remarkable and noteworthy strategies to teach the underprivileged and needy children of India. Most of these foundations also provide the basic amenities such as food, clothing, medicines, regular health check-ups, a safe living environment etc. India may be one of the fastest growing economies of the world, but if it lacks in providing proper education and basic amenities to its millions of children it will always have a weak base.

A good and strong foundation is the prerequisite of a strong society. And this is only possible if we help educate each and every child of our country. Education is not only a fundamental right, but is also a powerful and perhaps the only means of human development.

Our Education Prepare Us for Jobs, Is that True?

The author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Sir Ken Robinson, is the radar speaker who worked a lot of people into a tizzy in Long Beach, California at last week’s TED Conference.

He talked there about our education systems that by creating test-taking automatons, these education systems are steering kids away from their passions who we think will become working stiffs rather than visionary thinkers, innovators or creators.

MediaPost name-dropped him also, writing that he concludes that most of us are being prepared to work jobs which will give us no satisfaction. Instead of catering to the individual students’ talents who think differently, it forces all to live up to a cookie cutter standard.

I guess he’d be excited by the efforts of Texas-based designers, Austin, who is trying to inject creativity back into the curriculum of local schools, which Rob Stokes wrote about last month.

I am hoping for the good folks at TED to post his talk from last week.

Environmental Education History continues to make by Obama

A federal education budget involves funding for environmental education, for the first time ever. President Obama is making history with his proposed 2011 Education Budget and environmental allies, like the 50 million member strong No Child Left Inside coalition, are cheering.

In the budget sub-section called “A Well-Rounded Education”, the environmental focus can be found.  It proposes $265 million dollars to support five subjects listed as important to a complete curriculum.  Environmental literacy is one among them; therefore schools may finally receive funding to educate children on the impact of greenhouse gases, what happens to trash thrown on the ground after it rains and how to recycle.

Also the amount budgeted is not the end-all be-all of funding, legislators committed to environmental education like Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed, are giving President Obama credit for putting the issue on the table.

Reed says that this budget takes a vital step toward boosting environmental education in the classroom and giving more children the opportunity to get out and learn about the natural world around them.

Still, this 2011 Budget needs to be approved by Congress, meaning the historic funding environmentalists are so excited about may end up getting the axe.

What are the major drawbacks in Education Systems in India?

Education is only the light in the human society that motivates us to reach a level of liveliness. In my opinion education is the first need of people after food. Providing compulsory and primary education to all the children of our country has now become a fundamental right. Today, it has been so advanced without proper education but with just education, a person or a society will not be able to dance in sync with movement of the present time.

In India, currently more than half of the students being hailed from lower and middle income class families, students would like to take a job just after graduation or masters.

•    They are loaded with family responsibilities over their shoulders.
•    Having insecure feelings about jobs that grips their minds and limits their goals
•    Gaps of two or more than two years study break due to jobs in MNCs, sometimes affect their educational carrier
•    Even though such jobs help those students to support their families, there are loses in future national perspective

So, scholarships and grants should help in motivating students to pursue higher education. Example, India does not have an advanced enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) technology till today in nuclear field to able to scale up to massive commercial proportions.

Many Intelligent Indians are moving to the west in search of better opportunities and facilities. If they are provided their needs and requirements, it is not just money but an environmental satisfaction with proper infrastructures.

But why not excellence will prevail in education system in India? We need to think about it seriously.

What includes in Higher Education in India?

We all know that the education in India is the best way to upward social mobility. High education is a stepping stone to a high flying career. On one side, we have many schools in India that do not have the basic infrastructure whereas on the other side, we have IITs and IIMs that are the best institutes in the world. We are still far away from the goal of universal literacy even after more than 50 years after independence.

Higher Education system in India
– After the 12th standard, higher education in India starts. It takes 3 years for completing a B.Sc, B.A or B.Com pass or honors degree from a college in India, five years for a bachelor of medicine or bachelor of law degree and an engineering course take four years. Generally, Postgraduate courses are of two years duration. Some courses such as Master of Computer Application (MCA) take 3 years. Students those who cannot afford or don’t have time to attend regular classes, can pursue correspondence courses from various distance learning institutes or Open Universities in India.

Key players in the India’s Higher Education System – The University Grant Commission of India is giving agency in the country and also determining, coordinating and maintaining the standards in higher education’s institutions. Many professional types of council are there apart from the UGC, for recognizing courses, promoting professional institutes and for providing grants to undergraduate programs.

There are some the statutory professional councils of India - Distance Education Council (DEC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Bar Council of India (BCI), Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR), Medical Council of India (MCI), National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), Indian Nursing Council (INC), Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), Dentist Council of India (DCI), Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) and Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH).

Therefore, students from various parts of the world are coming today for higher education in India.