Global Innovation Index: Innovation Cell Under HRD Ministry to Improve Research Output (Download PDF)


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The move comes after India’s ranking in the Global Innovation index Ranking moved slightly up to 60 in 2017 from 66 in 2016, out of 127 countries. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry would soon set up a unit that would explore ideas to strengthen innovation efforts in education.

After India moved six ranks up in the Global Innovation Index Ranking, the government wants to further strengthen research and innovation in the country.

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Members of the Innovation Cell

  • The “Innovation Cell” would be headed by a scientist and would be comprised of a senior ministry official and young professionals.

India’s Improvement in Ranking in Global Innovation Index

The large part of Global Innovation Index relates to education, setting up of Innovation Cell in the ministry will lead to more focused attention on innovation and research efforts. The strongest points for India happened to be a

  • Large number of science and engineering graduates

  • The increased investment by Global R & D companies in India

  • The improved QS University rankings and high rank in the highly cited research publication, global leadership in the IT service experts

  • Leadership in export of creative goods.

  • The number of patents filed by premier education institutes in India has also gone up from 2014 to 2016. In these three years, the number was highest at 563 patents in 2016.

Government Initiatives to Improve Economic Growth and Standard of Living

  • Six new research parks have been sanctioned in various premier institutions.

  • There are more than 120 technology business incubators covering all the institutions in the country.

Global Innovation Index Ranking (GII)

  • The Global Innovation Index (GII) is an annual ranking of countries by their capacity for, and success in, innovation. It is published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization, in partnership with other organisations and institutions.

  • It is based on both subjective and objective data derived from several sources, including the International Telecommunication Union, the World Bank, and the World Economic Forum.

  • The GII is commonly used by corporate and government officials to compare countries by their level of innovation.

  • The GII is computed by taking a simple average of the scores in two sub-indices, the Innovation Input Index and Innovation Output Index, which are composed of five and two pillars respectively. Each of these pillars describe an attribute of innovation, and comprise up to five indicators, and their score is calculated by the weighted average method.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 26, 2018

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