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Nanubhai Education Foundation’s Fourth Annual Gala

New York, NY, March 26, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Celebrities will commemorate eight successful years at the Nanubhai Educational Foundation's 4th Annual Gala on April 27th at the exquisite Angel Orensanz Foundation of Contemporary Art in New York City.

Interview: Paroma Roy Chowdhury, Head of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Google India on International Women's Day

By Bidisha Bagchi

Paroma Roy Chowdhury, Head of Corporate Communications & Public Affair, Google India

International Women's Day (8th March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements. The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty. In many countries, International Women's Day is an occasion to honor and praise women for their accomplishments. On this special occasion WBRi spoke to Google India’s Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Ms. Paroma Roy Chowdhury about women in India and their desire for progress and achievements.

Women’s Day is a tribute to female achievement and the desire for progress. What is your idea on this?

‘INSPIRE’ – Motivating Students to Study Science in India

PIB Feature
With inputs from Department of Science Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India

New Delhi, Feb 14, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) is a national programme implemented by the Ministry of Science & Technology for attraction of talent amongst the students to study Science and pursue career with research.

The programme has 3 components:-

Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha - Promoting Sanskrit in India

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New Delhi, Feb 6, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) For its achievements in the fields of teaching, research, publications and promotion and propagation of Sanskrit, the Vidypeetha has been bestowed with distinct awards namely,

·Recognised by the UGC as Centre for Excellence in the subject of Traditional Sastras.

·Accredited at A+  level by National Assessment and  Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2003.

·Vidyapeetha rated best in the country

Recently Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha was assesed for its academic excellence, research programmes, infrastructure, co-curricular and extension activities by the Prof. 'TANDON' committee appointed for assessing quality of Deeded University in the country under Ministry of Human Resource Development. It is a matter of great pride and joy that Vidyapeetha was ranked the best in the country the other being the TIFR, Mumbai, BITS, Pilani, IIIT, Bangalore to name a few.

Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) - A Model to Protect Traditional Knowledge of India

By V. K. Gupta

The author is Senior Advisor and Director, TKDL, CSIR, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research,  Ministry of Science &Technology, Govt. of India

New Delhi, Jan 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) TKDL is a collaborative initiative between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, and Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and a maiden Indian effort to prevent misappropriation of traditional knowledge belonging to India at International Patent Offices. TKDL has overcome the language and format barriers by scientifically converting and structuring the traditional medical knowledge of Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha in 34 million A4 size pages of the ancient texts in languages such as Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Tamil into five international languages, namely, English, Japanese, French, German and Spanish, with the help of information technology tools and a novel classification system - Traditional Knowledge Resource Classification (TKRC). Today, India through TKDL is capable of protecting about 2.5 lakh medicinal formulations similar to those of neem and turmeric. TKDL access has been given to eight International Patent Offices which are European Patent Office (EPO), Indian Patent Office, German Patent Office (GPO), United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKPTO), United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), IP Australia and Japan Patent Office (JPO) under Access (non-disclosure) Agreement. Based on the evidences of prior art submitted by the TKDL team on the basis of the information present in the TKDL database, so far 88 patent applications of the pharma companies of United States, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, China, etc. have been either set aside or withdrawn/cancelled or declared as dead patent applications at no cost and within few weeks of submission of prior art evidences, whereas cancellations of patents have been known to take 4-13 years of complex and expansive legal battle. Considering the novelty, utility and its effectiveness in preventing the grant of wrong patents several countries and organizations have expressed their keenness in replicating the TKDL model for their own countries. World Intellectual Property Organization including the global IP community has recognized India’s leadership in the area of Intellectual Property Rights and Traditional Knowledge and an International Conference on utilizing India’s TKDL as model for protection of Traditional Knowledge was held by CSIR and WIPO in March, 2011 at New Delhi where 33 developing countries participated.