Defence Minister launches ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’

The Union Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman on November 27, 2018, formally launched ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’ in New Delhi. During the event, salient inventions and innovations achieved by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factories (OFs) that have resulted in the successful filing of Intellectual Property Right (IPR) applications were showcased.

Key Highlights:-

1. Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti has been instituted by the Department of Defence Production as a part of the ongoing initiatives to enhance self-reliance in defense.
2. The mission aims to provide a boost to the IPR culture in the indigenous defense industry.
3. The Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) has been entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating and implementing the programme.
4. The end objective of the programme is to inculcate IP culture in Indian defense manufacturing ecosystem.

Background:-

The Intellectual Property Right has emerged as a key ingredient of an ecosystem which stimulates innovation and ingenuity. An IP Facilitation Cell was established in April 2018, which has worked tirelessly to achieve ambitious targets of training 10,000 personnel of OFB and DPSUs on IPR and facilitate the filing of at least 1,000 new IPR applications.

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