Ahmedabad: In a major leap towards innovations in design, students and the academic community of Karnavati University in Uvarsad, Gandhinagar, made a record with some 156 Intellectual Property (IP) filings on Saturday. The humungous achievement was applauded and recognized by Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Minister of Education, Government of Gujarat, at a felicitation ceremony organised at Karnavati University’s campus, organised on Saturday.
Encouraging the student and academic community of the varsity, Shri Chudasama, while delivering the keynote address, said, “Times are changing. With technological advancement and rapid transformation taking place in every field, people are looking for innovations. Investors too are readily funding new ideas, paving way for entrepreneurs.”
“Innovation must be a constant process and one should never be satisfied. There must be a never-ending thirst for research, development and innovation. The one who has these skills and the will to excel will always win,” the Honourable Minister further added.
In line with its mission of being a Knowledge University, Karnavati University undertook the rigorous task of producing and filing some 156 IPs of different innovations by students and academicians – all in a single day on September 11. The record number of IP filings was the fruit of the hard work and ingenuity of at least 144 student teams and 20 faculty members at Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID), which is affiliated with Karnavati University. The initiative is inspired by Government of Gujarat’s Student Startup and Innovation Policy (SSIP).
The 156 filings, which underwent three stages of vetting, include seven patents, 77 design IPs, 59 copyright filings and 13 trademarks, among others. The IPs filed were themed around mobility design, automobile and transportation design, global design, fashion design, textile, visual communications, product design, interior design, lifestyle accessories design and animation and motion graphics.
The feat is indeed a realisation of the exceptional design education practices adopted, encouraged and implemented by the Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID) – an institution known for exceptional quality of work and passion encouraging students pursue their creative learning.
The felicitation ceremony was organised to celebrate intellectual achievement of students and faculty members and the academic community of Karnavati University. It was testimony to the collaborative learning, working and education that has been encouraged by the varsity from time to time. The entire exercise was facilitated by Mr. Jaideep Bannerjee, Head of Incubation, Karnavati University.
During his welcome address, Dr. AKS Suryavanshi, Vice Chancellor (Provost), Karnavati University, said, “SSIP is a great policy that is very supportive towards innovations as well as entrepreneurship, for students. The journey began six months back when a team of students and faculty members, led by Col. Surojit Bose, Prof. Jayanti Panchal and Mr. KK Singh undertook the ambitious task of preparing for filing IP under various categories such as Patent, Design, Copyright and Trademarks.”
Karnavati University’s ignited minds were motivated by Shri Ritesh Hada, President of the varsity, to convert their ideas and innovations into an IP. The team was further prepared and coached through series of workshops organised by the varsity. The efforts were backed by several hours of laboratory and studio work, in addition to a series of one on one mentoring sessions with the Vice chancellor.
To further contribute to the setting up of a healthy startup ecosystem in Gujarat, Karnavati University plans to support the student innovations by facilitating research and development, design and product development.
Karnavati University believes that the journey towards innovation has commenced well and needs to have constant pursuit for excellence to create Intellectual Property instruments – which is now its renewed mission.