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New Delhi : India has climbed 2 spots and has been ranked 46th by the World Intellectual Property Organisation in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2021 rankings. India has been on a rising trajectory over the past several years in the Global Innovation Index (GII) from a rank of 81 in 2015 to 46 in 2021.

The consistent improvement in the GII rankings 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 Scientific Departments like the Department of Atomic Energy; the Department of Science and Technology; the Department of Biotechnology, and the Department of Space have played a pivotal role in enriching the National Innovation Ecosystem, according to a PIB release.

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, and alternative energy sources, etc. The India Innovation Index (III), 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.

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.

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, theNITI 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 September 21-22,2021.

The launch session will be graced by many senior dignitaries including Dr V K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog;  Dr K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India; Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog;  Daren Tang, Director General, WIPODr Soumitra Dutta, Author, GII & Professor, Cornell University, United States of America;Vipin Sondhi, Chairman, CII National Committee on Technology, Innovation & R&D and Managing Director, Ashok Leyland Ltd. and  Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII.