Karnataka number 1 on innovation 2 years in a row | Bengaluru News – Times of India

NEW DELHI/BENGALURU: Karnataka has retained its top position among the major states, while Maharashtra has leapfrogged Tamil Nadu to occupy the second place in the second edition of the Innovation Index unveiled by government think tank Niti Aayog on Wednesday.
Among the major states, the average innovation score is 25.35. Karnataka tops at 42.5, which is attributable to its strong number of venture capital deals, registered GIs and ICT exports. Karnataka’s high FDI inflow has also enhanced the innovation capabilities of the state.
4 southern states are among Niti’s top 5
Telangana, Kerala, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab complete the top ten states. Among union territories and north-eastern and Hill States, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh occupy the top spots respectively.
Chief minister BS Yediyurappa said, “Karnataka is the leader in innovation, and its top position has been confirmed again.”
Karnataka deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan said the ranking confirms the state government’s commitment to fostering innovation “remains unshaken”. Industries minister Jagadish Shettar said that the state offers “a policy-driven ecosystem for industries and is characterised by responsive and industry-friendly administration, business and policy continuity”.
Maharashtra follows second at 38, while Bihar finishes last at 14.5. The case for the southern states as the top performers has also become stronger as four of them occupy the top-five spots within the major states.
The north east and hill states achieve an average innovation score of 17.89, with Himach al Pradesh as the best performer with a score of 25, followed by Manipur
(22.77) and Sikkim (22.28), respectively. With 31.9% of its total employment generated being knowledge-intensive, Himachal Pradesh benefits from a high number of knowledge workers, the report said.
The innovation score of union territory and city states averages at 26.01. Delhi, the best performer among all groups, tops the ranking. Chandigarh follows second with a score of 38.57, whereas Lakshadweep and Jammu and Kashmir occupy the last two positions in the group respectively. Having recorded the highest number of trademark and patent applications, along with the establishment of new startups and companies in the last financial year, the national capital has managed to deliver superior results in the domain of knowledge output.
The innovation index measures innovation through human capital, investment, knowledge workers, business environment, safety and legal environment, knowledge output and diffusion. States and union territories have been divided into major states, north east and hill states and union territory and city states.
“To instil a culture of innovation among the states, NITI Aayog had introduced the first-ever India Innovation Index in 2019. A year later, it is safe to say that we are on the right path toward transforming India into an innovation-driven economy. The index has not only served as a useful tool for governments to assess the innovation landscape in their states, but has also helped strengthen competitive federalism and create synergies between different stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem,” said NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar.

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