In this world of innovation, India has a pretty down sided reputation as it continues to struggle when it comes to registering patents. If the US had filed over 600,000 applications, China has filed double that number in 2017. But in India, only 46,600 patent applications were filed in that same year and of those only 12,000 patents where granted. The government had to do something as these are not the numbers a country of 1.37 billion people puts forth. The Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti was an inactive launched by the defence minister (Smt. Sitharaman) in 2018. The main objective of this mission was to raise awareness for patenting an invention.
Many inventions had been showcased in the event by the scientist, Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), Ordnance Factories (OFs) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) which had been previously filed successfully. Numerous scientists were also called upon and facilitated by the defence minister to witness the event. Furthermore, a panel discussion was held to formulate a strategy as to how IPR and defence could formulate simultaneously and what would be futuristic strategies in this regard. The event had been tag lined as “Intellectual Property for Self-Reliance in Defence”.
Furthermore, the various efforts taken by the Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA) and the Department of Defence Production had been appreciated. Their effort to spread awareness about IPR would result in the increase of various creations, innovations and inventions in various sectors as well. The event was highlighted by the speech of then defence minister Smt. Sitharaman, he claimed that “India despite being a knowledge hub for ages, has not been able to utilise its full potential in the field of IPR because of the lack of awareness as regards the protection of Intellectual Properties.”
The then-Secretary of Defence Production insisted on the need to eliminate the Transfer of Technology from other foreign entities and the need to work upon the self-reliance in the Defence sector. Further, the IPR sector has gone on to become a key ingredient stimulating innovation as well as ingenuity in the ecosystem. In April 2018, an IPR Facilitation cell will also be established by one main aim, which is to train the personnel of OFB as well as DSPUs (up to 10,000 personnel) so to enable the filing of at least 100,000 applications by the next year.
As a part of this initiative, a framework was formed, the “Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti” was instituted with one aim, which is to boost the IPR culture in the sector of indigenous defence. The DGQA (Directorate General of Quality Assurance) had conferred the power to coordinate and implement the programme all over India. The event ended specifying the objective to inculcate and strengthen the Intellectual Properties into defence manufacturing. Various dignitaries including the Chairman of the DRDO, the Secretary of the Department of Defence R&D and senior officers of the three Services as well as Managing Directors of all DPSUs were present at the event.