CSIR signs MoU for upgradation of advanced technologies

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CSIR signs MoU
for upgradation of advanced technologies

New
Delhi, November 30th 2019 : A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was
signed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC),
an autonomous Scientific Society of the Ministry of Electronics and Information
Technology (MeitY) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The
MoU is for pursuing cooperation related to upgradation and modernization of the
CSIR-TKDL Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, Information and Communication
Technologies (ICT) and allied platform(s), including advanced technologies such
as Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, mobile applications, Information
Processing Tools,
Techniques and Language Technology Standardization
covering both Indian and foreign languages. 

Through
this cooperation, CSIR and C-DAC shall jointly work towards updating and
modernizing the CSIR-TKDL ICT infrastructure to align with the demands of the
time, while also looking towards positioning the TKDL for easy adaptation to
emerging and futuristic technologies. It is an initiative of India to prevent
misappropriation of country’s traditional medicinal knowledge at International
Patent Offices.

CSIR
jointly with Department of AYUSH in 2001, developed the Traditional Knowledge
Digital Library (TKDL), an internationally recognized proprietary database on
Indian traditional knowledge for preventing bio-piracy and misappropriation.
The TKDL contains in a digitized format, information from books related to
Indian systems of medicine and health – Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Yoga and Sowa
Rigpa available in public domain, and is available in five international
languages (English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese).

The
TKDL is a global first and has been serving effectively as a prior art database
of traditional knowledge for preventing wrongful grant of patents related to
traditional knowledge. In 2005, the TKDL expert group estimated
that about 2000 wrong patents concerning Indian systems of medicine were being
granted every year at international level, mainly due to the fact that India’s
traditional medicinal knowledge which exists in local languages such as
Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabic, Urdu, Tamil etc. is neither accessible nor
comprehensible for patent examiners at the international patent offices.

It is
a collaborative project between CSIR, Ministry of Science and Technology and
Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy
(AYUSH), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The
MoU was signed by Col. A.K. Nath (Retd), Executive Director (Corporate Strategy),
C-DAC and Dr. Viswajanani J Sattigeri, Scientist-H and Head, CSIR-Traditional
Knowledge Digital Library (CSIR-TKDL) Unit in the presence of senior officials
from both the organizations.

By Jyoti Singh

(India Science Wire)

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