Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, for creating a record of ‘patents’ in its name.
Addressing the first Mann Ki Baat monthly radio programme of the year 2023, PM Modi said that the institution with a total of 145 patents in its name has set a ‘wonderful example’.
“One of the oldest Science Institutions in the country, the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, is presenting a wonderful example. In ‘Mann Ki Baat’, I have discussed earlier, how the two great personalities of India, Jamsetji Tata and Swami Vivekananda, have been the inspiration behind the establishment of this institution. And a matter of joy and pride for us is that in the year 2022, there have been a total of 145 patents in the name of this institute. This means – two patents every five days. This record is amazing in itself. I would also like to congratulate the team of IISc for this success,” PM said in the first Mann Ki Baat programme of the year. This is the 97th edition of Mann Ki Baat overall.
According to a report in The Times of India, researchers and scientists from IISc filed 3,147 patent applications from January 2001 to December 2022, of which nearly 70% – 2,157 – came in the period between January 2018 and December 2022. Last year itself, 585 patent applications were filed by IISc itself, up from 512 the previous year.
While highlighting India’s rise in the Global Innovation Index ranking, PM Modi said India currently ranks 7th in Patent Filing and 5th in Trademarks.
“Talking about patents only, there has been an increase of about 50 per cent in the last five years. In the Global Innovation Index too, India’s ranking has improved tremendously, and now it has reached the 40th position, while in 2015, India was behind even the 80th position in the Global Innovation Index. I want to tell you one more interesting thing. For the first time in the last 11 years in India, the number of Domestic Patent Filings was seen more than Foreign Filings. It also shows the growing scientific prowess of India,” Modi said.