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UPSC 2017 IAS Exam: Important PIB Articles - May 08

India unanimously elected to head UN-Habitat
  • It is the United Nations’ Human Settlements Programme 
  • It promotes socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements across the world
  • India has been selected after 10 years
  • There are 58 member countries in the UN-Habitat Governing Council. The Governing Council is an inter-governmental policy making and decision making body, the Governing Council of UN-Habitat seeks to promote
    • Integral and comprehensive approach to human settlements
    • Assist the countries and regions in addressing human settlement problems
    • Strengthen cooperation among all countries on human settlement issue
  • The theme of the 26th Meeting of the Governing Council to be chaired by Shri M Venkaiah Naidu from today  is “Opportunities for effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda” with focus on inclusive, sustainable and adequate housing for a better future and planning and  financing sustainable urbanization and integrated human settlements 


DIPP & WIPO to set up Technology and Innovation Support Centers
  • An agreement has been signed between the two to set up the TISCs
  • WIPO’s TISC program provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based, high quality technology information and related services, helping them to exploit their innovative potential and to create, protect, and manage their intellectual property (IP) rights
  • The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) is designated as the National Focal point for the TISC national network. As per the mandate
    • CIPAM shall identify potential host institutions, assess their capacities and support them in joining the TISC project
    • CIPAM will act as the main intermediary between WIPO and TISC host institutions and co-ordinate all the activities of the national TISC network
  • Services offered by TISCs are
    • Access to online patent and non-patent (scientific and technical) resources and IP-related publications
    • Assistance in searching and retrieving technology information
    • Training in database search
    • On-demand searches (novelty, state-of-the-art and infringement)
    • Monitoring technology and competitors
    • Basic information on industrial property laws, management and strategy, and technology commercialization and marketing
  • There are over 500 TISCs operating worldwide and establishing TISC in India will give the host institutions access to the Global network
  • In upcoming years CIPAM is planning to establish TISC’s in Universities, State Science Councils, R&D institutions etc. TISC will give an impetus to Knowledge sharing, sharing of best practices among the TISC’s, capacity building, generation and commercialization of IPs

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