India Innovation Index ranking released, Karnataka maintains its top position

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In the NITI Aayog’s India Innovation Index ranking list, released on Wednesday, Karnataka has retained its rank in the top position, followed by which Maharashtra took over the second position leading over Tamil Nadu. After which, the third position was backed by Telangana, and subsequently Kerala, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

Delhi and Himachal Pradesh have taken the top positions among the Union Territories and North-eastern and hilly states respectively.

Rajiv Kumar, Vice-chairman NITI Aayog said, “As the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic this year, the significance of innovation is even more greatly felt. While innovation has always been pivotal for higher productivity and economic growth, it is also crucial for bolstering a post-crisis economy. In this light, the foresight of the Central government in fostering a culture of innovation through initiatives like the Atal Innovation Mission, Startup India, etc. is laudable.”

Rajiv further added, “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.”

The India Innovation Index released in October 2019 was the very first such unique way for reviewing the capabilities of Indian states and Union Territories for their innovation.

The report stated, “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 edition released in 2020 for the India Innovation Index is an addition to the methodology of 2019 with more metrics for giving it a more complete and holistic overview of the Indian economy. There is a revision in the framework for instituting global parameters like GDP spent for research and development particularly adhering to Indian economy.

Regarding the India Innovation Index, Amitabh Kant, CEO  NITI Aayog 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.”

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