India Innovation Index to measure performance of Indian states

The World Economic Forum, NITI Aayog, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Cornell University will work together to develop an India Innovation Index that will provide impetus to Indian states to drive the innovative spirit. Based on the WEF’s GII (Global Innovation Index), the India Innovation Index will be tailored to better reflect of India’s ground reality and include metrics well suited to the Indian context for innovation. Each partnering organisation will nominate a working group member to work on the index. The first ranking is expected to be released at the India Economic Summit in New Delhi on October 4—6, 2017. The India Innovation Index will measure and rank the innovation performance of all states in India with the aim of moving India towards an innovation-driven economy. The index will be based on key pillars of innovation and sub—indices that together will assist in tailoring policies that promote inclusive growth. The pillars include the strength of institutions, capacity of human capital and research, supporting infrastructure and the level of business sophistication, among others. Each partnering organization will nominate a working group member to work on the index. The first ranking of Indian states will released at the India Economic Summit to be held in October 2017. This index will encourage states to compete with each other and, in turn, lead to better policies for inclusive growth. It will create a transparent benchmark of innovation for Indian states and spur competition among states. It will also ensure progress towards innovation at the local level in India. The index will measure and rank the innovation performance of all Indian states with the aim of moving India towards an innovation—driven economy. Each partnering organization will nominate a working group member to work on the index.

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