Ministries & Departments

CSIR-UNIT: Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (CSIR-TKDL), New Delhi

Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) is a pioneering initiative of India to prevent misappropriation of country's traditional medicinal knowledge at International Patent Offices on which healthcare needs of more than 70% population and livelihood of millions of people in India is dependent. TKDL has also been able to set international specifications and standards for setting up TK databases based on TKDL specifications. This was adopted in 2003 by the Committee in the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) of WIPO on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Expression of folklore. TKDL technology integrates diverse disciplines and languages such as Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Yoga, Sanskrit, Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Tamil, English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, modern science & modern medicine. To date, TKDL is based on 359 books of Indian Systems of Medicine, which are available at a cost of approx US$ 1000, in open domain and can be sourced by any individual/organization at the national/international level. TKDL is proving to be an effective deterrent against bio-piracy and is being recognized as a global leader in the area of traditional knowledge protection. 

Research Areas: Traditional Knowledge

Ministries: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

Contact Name: Dr. Viswajanani J Sattigeri, Head

Contact Address: CSIR - Traditional Knowledge Digital Library UnitA 93/94, Naraina Industrial Area Phase I, Naraina, New Delhi 110028

Contact Phone: 11-47011293


State: Delhi