A two-day national level workshop on ‘Ideating, Inventing, Patenting and Emerging Utility of HPLC, NMR in Pharmaceutical Research' began at Vignan Pharmacy College (VPC), Vadlamudi on Friday. Students from about 50 colleges participated in the event.

It was inaugurated by V.B. Gupta, Director and Coordinator of Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC)-Centre of Excellence at B.R. Nahata College of Pharmacy, Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh.

Lack of awareness

Mr. Gupta holds 18 patents in the field of pharmacy. On the occasion, he said India fell to 62nd position in the Global Innovation Index mainly due to the lack of awareness on patenting whereas China went 14 positions up the ladder.

India's rank is attributable to the commendable work in pharmaceutical sciences. The ranking would have been otherwise even worse.

Mr. Gupta enlightened the students of pharmacy about the importance of innovation for global survival and how to patent ideas and convert them into intellectual property.

Vignan Group of Educational Institutions Chairman L. Rathaiah, VPC Principal P. Srinivasa Babu and others spoke.

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