'No business in research works'

Limbavali was referring to an intellectual property rights case at the Karnatak University, which was raised at the legislative council by JD (U) member M P Nadugouda.

The case pertains to a research patent obtained by Professor T M Aminbhavi of Karnatak University in 2005 from the United States for converting sea water to potable water. He developed the technique, in association with his student Dr M Y Karidurganavar.

Though, the research was done at Karnatak University in Dharwad, the two researchers are alleged to have to floated a separate research institute called Ramegouda Research Institute. They also reportedly received 10,000 dollars from a US based company with help from a third member Dr M Y Kulkarni.

Nadugouda said this was a serious case of flouting norms and came to light only because of bickering between the Professor and his student over the share of the money received.

Meanwhile, MLC Manohar Maski asked the minister to clarify the ownership of research projects at the university and what provisions were there to patent the projects at universities in the State.

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