Best State in India

NITI Aayog, accompanied by Institute for competitiveness released the second edition of the India Innovation Index.

The index has been developed with inspiration from the Global Innovation Index (GII), to invigorate the innovation ecosystem of India and help central and state government to design policies to entice innovation across regions.

These are a few indicators used for the survey:

  • Level and quality of education
  • Number of Ph.D. students and knowledge-intensive employment
  • Number of highly skilled professionals
  • Investment in R&D
  • Number of patents
  • FDI inflows
  • Business environment, safety and legal environment

The Innovation Index is divided into three categories:

  1. Major States (17)
  2. Union Territories (09)
  3. North Eastern States and Hill Stations (10)

Karnataka adhered to its first position in the major state category. Maharashtra moved past Tamil Nadu to conquer the second position. Bihar falls to occupy the bottommost position in the major state category.

Delhi topped among Union Territories followed by Chandigarh, and Daman and Diu. Lakshadweep earned the last rank among Union Territories.

Himachal Pradesh moved from the second position to emerge as the top-ranked among the North Eastern States and Hill Stations category followed by Uttarakhand, Manipur and Sikkim. Meghalaya being the lowermost in this category.

“The India Innovation Index portrays the innovative capabilities of the states, highlighting their strengths, which can be replicated in others, and weaknesses, which can be rectified,” said Dr. V.K. Saraswat (Member of NITI Aayog).

“Hopefully, this will lead to a healthy competition amongst the states and the UT, thereby catalyzing development and fostering competitive federalism,” said Neeraj Sinha (S&T Advisor)

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