Karnataka has retained its top position among the major states category in
Niti Aayog’s India Innovation Index ranking released on January 20th, while
Tamil Nadu has lost to Maharashtra the
second place followed by Telangana, Kerala, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat,
Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. The status of Tamil Nadu among the states is not
Among Union Territories, and North-Eastern and hill states, Delhi and
Himachal Pradesh occupy the top spots respectively.
“The second edition of the index will allow states to continue to evaluate
their innovation environment and assess their progress. The division of
innovation into two dimensions, namely innovation capabilities (Enablers) and
innovation outcomes (Performance) will give the states a better perspective for
identifying the critical focus areas.,” he added.
The last edition of the India Innovation Index, released in October 2019,
was a first-of-its-kind matric for assessing the innovation capabilities of
Indian states and Union Territories.
With the pandemic
economic shutdown, the role of innovation to revitalise the economy, has never
been more important
“Since then, India, and the world, have undergone a tectonic shift due to
the Covid-19 pandemic. With the pandemic triggering an economic shutdown, the
role of innovation to revitalise the economy, has never been more important,”
the report said.
The 2020 edition builds on the previous year’s methodology by introducing
more metrics to provide a more holistic outlook of the Indian economy. The
framework is updated to include globally considered parameters for measuring
innovation, such as the percentage of GDP spent on research and development,
while keeping them specific to the Indian economy, it noted.
NITI Aayog will
continue to take such initiatives that promote competitive federalism: Niti
Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said, “I hope that the India Innovation Index
2020 can help the country in recognising the key areas of developmental
intervention, with innovation as the central driver for growth. NITI Aayog will
continue to take such initiatives that play a significant role in promoting
cooperative and competitive federalism.”