IN a rare honour, eminent Indian scientist Dr Raghunath Mashelkar has been elected as a fellow of US National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He is the first ever Indian working in India to be elected as a fellow of NAI. The Padma Vibhushan awardee is one of the 175 leaders of academic invention named to NAI fellow status.
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Elected specifically for his contribution in pioneering the intellectual property rights and innovation movement in India, Dr Mashelkar expressed his happiness at being recognised for three decades of work in the area.
The message received from the president of NAI in this regard says, “NAI Fellows Selection Committee has chosen Dr Mashelkar for induction as he has demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”
Mashelkar said, “It has been my effort and dream to champion the cause of an Indian innovation movement from grassroots to corporates, an end to end spectrum in innovation which they have now recognised. The announcement also signifies the fact that India is emerging as a major player in innovation space. As a part of this fellowship, a conference is held in USA where global leaders meet each other and learn about opportunities in innovation and I am looking forward to it.”
On April 6, 2017, Mashelkar along with the other NAI Fellows will be inducted as a part of the Sixth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.
Commissioner for Patents, Andrew H Hirshfeld will provide the keynote address for the induction ceremony. In honour of their outstanding accomplishments, fellows will be presented with a special trophy, medal, and rosette pin.