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The biennial search and rescue exercise between Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Japan Coast Guard (JCG) was held near Chennai, Tamil Nadu in Bay of Bengal.
This was eighth such in series of ‘National Maritime Search and Rescue Workshop and Exercise’. Ships and aircraft of Coast Guards from India and Japan, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force (IAF) and National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) took part in it.
The aim of the exercise was to augment operational level interaction and capacity building in areas of search and rescue, pollution response and maritime law enforcement. It also aimed to share best management practices and continuation of personnel exchange.
The two-day exercise comprised of workshop and search and rescue operations in Bay of Bengal. Observers from 27 maritime nations witnessed exercise, apart from representatives of National Maritime Search and Rescue Board from central and state departments.
During exercise, rescue demonstrations by ships and aircraft showcased country’s search and rescue capabilities and its commitment to safety of life in distress at sea.
Relations between the Coast Guards of two countries go back long way with ICG ships calling on ports in Japan for professional interactions since 2000. This biennial exercise is continuation of efforts by governments of two countries to enhance cooperation between two Coast Guards in field of maritime safety and security at sea.
India’s second Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) will be established at Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIPR), Anna University, Chennai (Tamil Nadu) under World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC (Technology and Innovation Support Centre) Program.
In this regard, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry has signed Institutional agreement with Anna University.
The objective of TISC is to stimulate dynamic, vibrant and balanced Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) system in India to foster creativity and innovation. It will thereby help to promote entrepreneurship and enhancing social, economic and cultural development by establishing network of TISCs in India.
TISC will give impetus to knowledge sharing, sharing of best practices among TISCs, capacity building, generation and commercialization of Intellectual Properties. It will give the host institutions access to global network.
CIPR has experience of filing more than 185 Patents, 39 Copyrights, 29 Trademarks, 25 Industrial Design and also assisted in filing 12 International Patent Applications. Anna University was ranked 6th among Universities, 8th among Engineering Colleges and 13th in overall category in India by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranking. CIPR also has organized IPR awareness programs as well as six certificate courses on IPR related subjects.
WIPO’s TISC program
It provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based, high quality technology information and related services. It helps them to exploit their innovative potential and to create, protect, and manage their IPRs. Over 500 TISCs operate worldwide and establishing a TISC in India will give the host institutions access to global network.