India ranks 46th in Global Innovation Index 2021
24 September 2021
India has climbed 2 spots to rank 46th in the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Global Innovation Index 2021 rankings. India has been on a rising trajectory in the Global Innovation Index (GII) over the past several years - from 81st in 2015 to 46th in 2021.
Innovation has been at the forefront of India’s battle against the unprecedented crisis created by the pandemic, and will be pivotal in driving the country’s resilience and self-reliance, as enshrined in the prime ministers’ clarion call for `Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
The consistent improvement in the GII ranking is owing to the immense knowledge capital, the vibrant start-up ecosystem, and the amazing work done by the public and the private research organisations. The government departments like the Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology and the Department of Space have played a pivotal role in enriching the National Innovation Ecosystem.
The NITI Aayog has been working tirelessly to ensure the optimisation of the national efforts for bringing policy-led innovation in different areas such as electric vehicles, biotechnology, nano technology, space, alternative energy sources, etc. The India Innovation Index, the latest edition of which was released last year by the NITI Aayog, has been widely accepted as a major step in the direction of decentralisation of innovation across all the states of India. A constant thrust in monitoring and evaluating India’s position in the global rankings has been provided by the NITI Aayog, including in the GII.
As the country progresses further towards saving lives and livelihoods and shaping the national economic growth trajectory, the GII-2021 will be a significant reference point for all the countries to assess their innovation capabilities and readiness, which will go a long way in boosting economic recovery.
The GII is the fulcrum for the governments across the world to assess the social and the economic changes in their respective countries. Over the years, the GII has established itself as a policy tool for various governments and helped them to reflect upon the status quo.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has also been leading from the front as a torchbearer of lndia's journey towards an innovation driven economy. This year, NITI Aayog, in partnership with the CII and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), is hosting, virtually, the India Launch of the GII and the Global Innovation Conclave during 21-22 September.
The launch session will be graced by dignitaries including VK Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog; K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India; Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog; Daren Tang, Director General, WIPO; Soumitra Dutta, Author, GII & Professor, Cornell University, United States; Vipin Sondhi, Chairman, CII National Committee on Technology, Innovation and R&D and Managing Director, Ashok Leyland Ltd and Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII.
To join the Global Innovation Conclave and India launch of the Global Innovation Index 2021 scheduled, virtually, one must register through the link https://www.ciihive.in/GLOBEINNO.