Govt. of India WISE Internships with Stipend for Women Scientists in Intellectual Property Rights


Looking for internships in intellectual property rights for women postgraduates? This article provides complete information on the TIFAC WISE-IPR internship education-cum-training program of the Patent Facilitating Centre (PFC), New Delhi. Details of the internship, stipend offered, eligibility criteria, and the online application procedure have been provided.

Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) under the aegis of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India invites applications from women scientists who are having postgraduate/Ph.D. qualifications in the fields of basic and applied sciences, technology, and allied disciplines, for an internship in the field of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The internship scheme is implemented by the Patent Facilitating Centre (PFC), New Delhi of TIFAC, and on successfully completing the entire internship, you will receive an official certificate.

Note that those who are already holding a regular or a permanent post, and those who have enrolled for partial or full training in an earlier batch of this internship, cannot apply now. Also, candidates who are still awaiting the result of exams should not apply.



About WISE-IPR

Number of seats (tentative)

There are 22 seats for Chemistry & Chemical Sciences; 10 seats for Drugs, Food and Pharma; 15 seats for Life Sciences & Biotechnology; 8 seats for engineering in the fields of Mechanical/Production/Industrial Engineering/Civil/Structural/Construction/Transportation/Materials Science engineering; 25 seats for Electrical, Electronics & Communication, Instrumentation & Biomedical Engineering; 15 seats for Computers & Information & Communication Technology; 5 seats for other areas that are science-related subjects.

Eligibility requirements

The internship is open only for women who are citizens of India, with a minimum age of 25 years and maximum age of 45 years as of 31st March 2023. Essential educational qualification: Master of Science; A Bachelor's in Engineering/Technology or equivalent (refer to the subjectwise seat allocation mentioned above).

It would be highly advantageous if you have computer proficiency with the ability to collate data, analyze it and prepare reports, as well as have some basic knowledge of intellectual property rights. Some experience in research, working on project reports, and the like would also be beneficial.

The Training

The WISE-IPR internship with a monthly stipend is for the duration of one year, providing in-depth training in various aspects of intellectual property rights, including the legal aspects. There will be an initial orientation program for one month which is conducted in New Delhi. This will incorporate lecture sessions as well as field visits. In the lectures, you will be studying the gamut of IPR, such as auditing, licensing, policy development, mapping with the aid of technological tools, creating a portfolio, etc. You will also know about searching for patents, learn the basics of computer software required for IPR, and pick up skills in technical writing, as well as communication skills.

Subsequent to the orientation program, you will attend hands-on training sessions at private law firms, government agencies, etc that are actively associated with IPR practices as well as workshops and seminars related to the drafting of patents, patent search methods, etc. The place of training, located in the neighbourhood of the Coordination Centres, will be decided by TIFAC. Accordingly, you must be prepared to relocate to the area where you will be placed for training.

Note that you are required to attend the orientation program and the training sessions on a regular basis as per the schedule, with only 8 days of leave permitted during the one year of the internship.



Stipend

The monthly stipend is based on the academic qualification of the candidate, as follows- (i) Rs. 35,000/- per month for candidates with a Ph.D. in Basic or Applied Sciences or an equivalent degree; (ii) Rs. 30,000/- per month for candidates with M.Phil./M.Tech./M.Pharma./M.VSc. or an equivalent degree; and (iii) Rs. 25,000/- per month for candidates with M.Sc. in Basic or Applied Sciences/B.Tech./MBBS or an equivalent degree.

Career scope

The WISE-IPR has been hugely successful, especially since it provides the possibility of working independently, even from home. TIFAC does not provide placement assistance or provide any guarantees for employment. Nevertheless, not only have the scientists from earlier batches cleared the Patent Agent Exam that is conducted by the Patent Office of India, but a good number have also got gainful employment or started their own professional ventures.

Selection of candidates for WISE-IPR

On screening of applications, if you are shortlisted, you have to appear for an online exam that will be conducted on an all-India basis at an exam centre. Based on the scores of the exam, a merit list will be prepared, and if you are on the list, you will attend an interview at a coordination centre.



WISE-IPR Online exam

The two-hour exam will have 120 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The first section of 60 questions will be general in nature and common to all candidates. The questions in this section will be related to aptitude, general science, IPRs, English language, etc. The second section, also of 60 questions, will be the technical subject section, based on your specific subject stream. The questions will be a mix of the 10+2/UG/PG degree level syllabus. The subject domains include life sciences, engineering, pharma, technology, etc (refer to the official website for details). You will be awarded one mark for every correct answer, and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

WISE-IPR Application Procedure

You have to register with an email ID and mobile phone number, and then submit your application in online mode at https://wisekiranipr.org.in/online/Control.do?_main=488t3s

Details of the internship and instructions are provided on the website, and you can also access it through the TIFAC website- https://www.tifac.org.in/

While filling in the online application, you have to select one coordination centre, as well as your choice of an exam centre. Ensure that you upload the same documents that you will be submitting in original later for the document verification process. You are permitted to edit details at any time before the closing date of applications. On successful submission, note down the application number that will be generated for future reference and communications.

Details and documents required for the online application process, other than basic general information, such as date of birth, address, etc-
  1. Photo (150 width x 180 height) of max. 300KB in size, and signature (170 width x 40 height) of max. 100B in size.

  2. Details of published papers or accepted ones, and Patents granted or applied for, if any.

  3. Details of any scholarships that you may have received.

  4. Details of period of employment/unemployment.

The last date for submission of online applications for WISE-IPR is 31st May 2023.

After selection: You must report to the coordination centre within one week of receiving the intimation that you have been selected for the internship program. The four coordination centres apart from the main Patent Facilitating Centre (PFC), which is the nodal centre at New Delhi, are located in Bengaluru, Kharagpur, Guwahati, and Pune. Refer to the list below-
  1. Patent Facilitating Centre (PFC)- Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC): Vishwakarma Bhavan, A-Wing, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, New Delhi-110016.
    Ph: 011 42525801, 42525802, 42525806.
    Email: kiranipr.pfc@tifac.org.in

  2. Karnataka State Council for Science & Technology (KSCST): Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru-560012, Karnataka.
    Ph: 080-23341652, 23348848, 23348849, 2334 8840.
    Email: office@kscst.org.in, office.kscst@iisc.ac.in

  3. Continuing Education Programme, Women Scientist Scholarship Scheme-TIFAC-PFC-DST - Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur: Kharagpur-721302, West Bengal.
    Ph: 03222-28211/282112.
    Email: cep-off@hijli.iitkgp.ernet.in

  4. CSIR-Unit for Research & Development of Information Products (URDIP), Pune: "Tapovan", Site No. 113 & 114, NCL Campus, Pune-411008, Maharashtra.
    Ph: 91-727-605-3010.
    Email: contact@urdip.res.in

  5. Assam Science & Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC), Guwahati: Bigyan Bhawan,G.S. Road, Bhangagarh, Guwahati-781005, Assam.
    Ph: 91-727-605-3010.
    Email: directorastec@gmail.com, astec@rediffmail.com

Contact information

Contact person: Ms. Sangeeta Nagar, Scientist-F, TIFAC, New Delhi-110016, through email: kiranipr.pfc@tifac.org.in
TIFAC website: https://tifac.org.in/
WISE-IPR website: https://wisekiranipr.org.in/


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