Innovation Report "Understanding Innovation: Indian National Innovation Survey with Special Focus on MSMEs"

anup kumar das anupdas2072 at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 15 07:51:58 EDT 2015

*Understanding Innovation: Indian National Innovation Survey with Special
Focus on MSMEsEdited by Pradosh Nath, N. Mrinalini and G.D. Sandhya;
CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi, 2014.*
*Foreword *(by K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, Department of Science and
Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi)
National Science Technology Management Information System (NSTMIS),
Department of Science and Technology (DST) has been continuously engaged in
the evidence generation and analysis on Science, Technology and Innovation
(STI) resources for evidence based policy planning for S&T sector in the
country. As a part of the new initiative Science, Technology, Innovation
and Creation of Knowledge (STICK), a National Innovation Survey framework
has been conceptualized and designed through in-depth discussions with the
national and international experts for launching the National Innovation
Survey. As a step forward, a national report entitled "Understanding
Innovation: Indian National Innovation Survey" with special focus on MSMEs
has been brought out recently by DST. The national report, first of its
kind, benchmarks innovation potentiality of Indian firms in terms of
innovation activities, sources of innovation, linkages, human resource,
effects and factors affecting innovation activities. The report is based on
the  analysis of sample survey of 9001 firms, largely MSMEs, spread across
26 states and 5 Union Territories across various industrial sectors in the
country. A commendable effort has been made by the DST and CSIR-NISTADS
project team to put together fundamental issues related to innovations in
the context of developing economies to make this report useful to policy
makers, planners and the scientific community. I hope the report, as a
unique initiative, would provide required impetus in devising evidence
based policy prescriptions or recommendations for strengthening the
innovation infrastructure and growth of MSMEs in the country.

*About the survey*
Over the last few years NSTMIS, DST had involved various stakeholders in
evolving an appropriate framework to measure the innovation and knowledge
creation capabilities in Indian context. The NSTMIS framework draws upon
the inputs of the pilot innovation survey, sectoral innovation studies, and
interactions with the national and international experts while adapting the
internationally accepted concepts and definitions on the measurement of
innovation to launch the National Innovation Survey. The survey is not
about identification of innovations that is happening in Indian industries.
It is about understanding the process that makes innovation happen or
constraints innovation from happening. The understanding is through
developing and examining a set of indicators that would help promoting and
monitoring innovation in Indian production system.

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*Dr. Anup Kumar Das*
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