What we can do on it.
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From: Lawrence Liang <lawrence(a)altlawforum.org>
Date: Oct 10, 2005 5:42 PM
Subject: [Commons-Law] Nalsar signs MOU with Microsoft
To: Commons law <commons-law(a)sarai.net>
This is very interesting, when I went to teach at Nalsar a year ago I was
pleasantly surprised by the fact that all their systems were running on GNU
Linux. But this raises some serious questions of institutional capture
Microsoft had also sponsored a workshop in the national alw school a few
years ago which was meant to train the lower judiciary in the evils of
Microsoft Corporation India has signed a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding
with the prestigious National Academy of Legal Studies and Research
University (NALSAR), Hyderabad, to implement the "Microsoft Intellectual
Property Scholar Program". Under the aegis of this program, Microsoft aims
to establish a Knowledge Bank in the area of Intellectual Property.
Microsoft will select three "Microsoft Scholars" from the final year batch
of the B.A. B.L. (Hons.) program at NALSAR, to undertake fundamental
research and author papers on topics related to Intellectual Property (IP)
rights. Research scholarships will be provided by Microsoft to these
scholars and based on the research generated by them, a lecture series will
be organized by NALSAR.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ranbir Singh, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR, said,
"As an institution which fosters a challenging and exciting intellectual
environment, we are extremely excited about our new partnership with
Microsoft. We are confident that our students will immensely benefit from
the program and will be able to further the growth of Intellectual Property
in the country."
Under the terms of the MoU, NALSAR will make available to the Microsoft
Scholars a dedicated study room, which was inaugurated by Hon'ble Mr.
Justice K. Ramaswamy, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of India at the Dr.
N. C. Banerjee Centre for Intellectual Property Law Studies. Relevant
library and research resources will also be made available to
the students, All software required in this computer facility for the
Microsoft Research Scholars, will be provided free of cost, by Microsoft.
The Professor of Intellectual Property at NALSAR, Professor V. K. Unni,
will act as the resident administrator for the Microsoft Scholar Program in
conjunction with the Legal and Corporate Affairs Department of Microsoft. An
empowered project Review Committee comprising Dr. Ranbir Singh, VC, NALSAR,
Shardul Shroff, Managing Partner, Amarchand Mangaldas, and Rakesh Bakshi,
Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft India, will be constituted to monitor
the progress of the projects.
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