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Innovation Index - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore
Innovation Index


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NITI Aayog with Institute for Competitiveness as the knowledge partner released the India Innovation Index (III) 2019.


  • Innovation is the key driver of growth and prosperity for India.
  • In order to create a holistic tool which can be used by policymakers across the country to identify the challenges to be addressed and strengths to build on when designing the economic growth policies for their regions NITI Aayog and Institute for Competitiveness working on this index.
  • Institute for Competitiveness is working as the knowledge partner.
  • Aim: To create an extensive framework for the continual evaluation of the innovation environment of 28 states and 9 union territories in India.
  • The index released based on the working in following three fields;
    • Ranking of States and UTs Based on Their Index Scores
    • Recognizing Opportunities and Challenges
    • Assisting in tailoring governmental policies to foster innovation

Key data’s:

  • India Innovation Index (III) 2019 was released by NITI Aayog in collaboration with Institute for Competitiveness in presence of NITI Aayog officials.
  • The study examines the innovation ecosystem of Indian states and union territories.
  • Two dimensions of this Index 2019;
    • Enablers – Which consists of five pillars – Human Capital, Investment, Knowledge Workers, Business Environment, and Safety and Legal Environment.
    • Performance– Which consists of two pillars – Knowledge Output and Knowledge Diffusion.

As per this index;

  • Top ten major states in this index are –

Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Telangana, Haryana, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh.

  • Among the north- eastern & hill states, and union territories –

Sikkim and Delhi are in top positions.

  • In terms of efficiency, i.e, in efficient conversion of inputs into the outputs the following states are doing better – Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh.


  • On January 1, 2015, NITI AAYYOG was framed and replaced the 6-decade old Planning Commission.
  • Works to envisage the vision of Maximum Governance, Minimum Government, echoing the spirit of ‘Cooperative Federalism’.
  • Chairperson:Narendra Modi – Prime Minister
  • Vice-Chairperson: Rajiv Kumar – He will be appointed by the Prime-Minister
  • Chief Executive Officer:Amitabh Kant – Appointed by Prime-minister for a fixed tenure, in rank of Secretary to Government of India.


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