July 31, 2020: After 18 years at NLSIU, Dr T Ramakrishna, IPR Chair Professor, retired from the University today. While this is a time to acknowledge, appreciate and thank him for his service, it is certainly not a time to say goodbye.

Prof Ramakrishna will continue with NLSIU as an Adjunct Professor, holding the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) Chair on Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights. As we wish him all the best on the second leg of his journey with the University we invited Prof Ramakrishna to share more about the first leg that he concludes today. 

What brought me to NLS:

My association with NLS began even before the University was formally set up. When I was working in Mysore, I had attended workshops conducted by Prof Madhava Menon and other stalwarts in the legal field in 1984 in Bangalore. The seeds of the idea that grew into NLS were sown around that time. These seeds took root in 1986 through the Karnataka Act.

NLSIU’s Founder-Director Prof N R Madhava Menon was my role model. When he visited Mysore, we would meet and he often encouraged me to move out of Mysore and join other law schools. 

I was the Principal of Vidyavardhaka Law College in Mysore then and attended the Refresher Courses organized by NLS in Bangalore where I had further interactions with Prof Menon and Prof N L Mitra (former Vice Chancellor of NLSIU).

Incidentally, Prof Menon was on the selection committee when I applied to NLSIU and I was hired on March 8, 2002 as Additional Professor for IPR and Criminal Law when Prof Mohan Gopal was the Vice Chancellor at the University.

The last 18 years: 

Besides teaching Criminal Law, Intellectual Property Rights Law, and Law of Evidence, I held the IPR Chair of the Ministry of Human Resources Development at the University among other roles.

The institution one is a part of, always contributes to building one’s individual personality, and to grow through these experiences.  It has been a mutually beneficial journey. I trust that my contributions have helped add to the “personality of the institution,” similar to how the University has strengthened my growth over the years. 

My retirement today is merely due to age. I’m glad that the institution wanted me to continue with my IPR activities on campus and I’m happy to do so.

NLS is my first preference: Even if I did have other options outside which offered me higher designation, rank or pay, my first preference will still be to work at NLS. That is the kind of affinity and attachment I have with the University. It is the ecosystem of the University which has made me want to continue as well.

 

Reflections on a long academic career:

I started my teaching career in 1979 and I am very happy and content with my 42 years of academic service. I am glad to continue with my classroom engagements for years to come. Once a teacher, always a teacher!

I have had great satisfaction in training principal investigators under the Department of Biotechnology sponsored projects, as well as MSME directors and deputy directors in IPR. I was also part of the HAL initiative where NLS trained their engineers in IPR. I am really proud that NLS was able to contribute to these activities.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed contributing to various policy formulation processes through research reports submitted to national committees like the Malimath Committee, and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.  

Plans ahead:

I hope to help transform the Centre of Intellectual Property Rights Research and Advocacy (CIPRA) into a model centre that builds global links to deliver Intellectual Property Rights and Law courses in the future. I look forward to working with various ministries under the Government of India offering policy advice and implementing IPR programmes.

 

Links to Prof T Ramakrishna’s profile:

https://www.nls.ac.in/tc_attorney/prof-dr-t-ramakrishna/

https://mpp.nls.ac.in/faculty/dr-t-ramakrishna-professor-of-law-chair-professor-ipr/

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