Karnataka, Manipur, Chandigarh top Niti Aayog’s India Innovation index | India News

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NEW DELHI: Karnataka retained its top position in the major states category of the India Innovation index 2021 followed by Telangana and Haryana. Among the north eastern and hilly states Manpiur was the best performer followed by Uttarakhand and Meghalaya. In the union territories and city states category Chandigarh was the best performer followed by Delhi.
Prepared by NITI Aayog and the Institute for Competitiveness, the India Innovation Index is a tool for the evaluation and development of the country’s innovation ecosystem. It ranks the states and the union territories on their innovation performance to trigger competition amongst them.
Karnataka’s high score can be attributed to its peak performance in attracting FDI and a large number of venture capital deals. Karnataka also scores high in the ‘Performer’ dimension, with the highest share of information and communication technology exports and geographical indication registrations. Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have registered significant gains in promoting an innovative business environment with a large base of internet subscribers and a safe ecosystem for further investment in the region, according to the report.
The results showed that Chandigarh topped the knowledge worker pillar while ensuring investment in school and higher education. Delhi has topped the business environment and investment pillars, with a large number of incubator centres, a skilled labour force and its continuously transforming start-up ecosystem. This has been reflected in their overall performance as well. Both performed higher in the ‘performers’ pillars.
Ladakh and Lakshadweep occupy the last positions, with 5.91 and 7.86 scores, respectively. They have consistently performed low on all the pillars due to their geographical shortcomings and economic constraints, which require immediate attention to promote an innovative environment, the index results showed.
Manipur scored best in the knowledge workers and safety and legal environment pillars. Uttarakhand has the second highest score due to the state government’s high R&D investment. Uttarakhand also registered the highest expenditure on school education – 20.10% of its GSDP. Nagaland and Tripura scored the lowest due to their unutilised talent as indicated by their low performance in human capital and business environment, which indicates that their innovation capabilities have not been harnessed to their full potential, according to the index results.
Overall, 20 states/UTs have performed above average in the human capital pillar.. In the union territories and city-States category, Puducherry (36.80), Chandigarh (33.56), and Delhi (29.66) are the best performers since they topped the chart – and Ladakh the worst, with a score of 12.06. Among the Major States, Tamil Nadu has scored the highest, 30.88, and Bihar the lowest, 13.29. While Mizoram has topped the North-Eastern and Hill States’ category with a score of 35.23, Assam was at the bottom with a score of 24.44, according to the index results.
The India Innovation index lays down the broad pillars on which the country’s innovation landscape is determined. The innovation index is based on 7 pillars: human capital, investment, knowledge workers, business environment, safety and legal environment, knowledge output, and knowledge diffusion. These pillars were divided across 66 indicators to determine the innovation capacity of states/UTs.



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