In the wake of recent debate on IPR and access to technology, RIS successfully organized a very timely Roundtable Discussion on ‘IPR, Access to Technology and Policy Deliberations’ on Saturday, 4th June 2016 at New Delhi. There was wider participation from the government, industry, academics, research organizations, civil society and media.
Roundtable began with the introductory remarks made by Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi, DG, RIS; followed by the putting forth of the industry perspective by Mr. M Prabhakar Rao, President, NSAI and Dr. Paresh Verma, Head, Management Committee, ABLE-AG. Both of them presented their views related to this issue in the field of agriculture and seeds. Thereafter, the panelists, Dr. S R Rao, Advisor, DBT; Sh. Siraj Hussain, former Agriculture Secretary and Dr. R R Hanchinal, Chairman, PPVFRA expressed their insights. Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, then delivered his keynote address reflecting on the IPR related issue and price control mechanism especially related to seeds. Other panelists, Prof. Dinesh Abrol and Prof. T C James also expressed their concerns. There were also interesting views from others present in the audience.