NITI Aayog released the second edition of the India Innovation Index on 20 January 2021, along with the Institute for Competitiveness. India Innovation Index 2.0 or 2nd edition has released by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar. The index demonstrates the government’s continued commitment towards transforming the country into an innovation-driven economy. The report examines the innovation capabilities and performance of the states and union territories.
The innovation index ranking is based on five enabler parameters:
- Human Capital
- Knowledge Workers
- ‘Business Environment
- ‘Safety and Legal Environment
Two performance parameters:
- Knowledge Output
- Knowledge Diffusion
In the India Innovation Index-2020, the States and Union Territories have been divided into the 17 Major States, 9 City-States and Union Territories, and 10 North-East and Hill States.
In the 2020 ranking:
- Karnataka retained its first position in the Major States category. Maharashtra moved one position higher and stood at 2nd spot while Tamil Nadu slid to 3rd position.
- In the North East and Hill States category, Himachal Pradesh stands at first position followed by Uttarakhand and Manipur.
- Delhi stands at the first position while Chandigarh retained its second spot in the Union Territories and small States category.