Polity & Governance

New ranking based on innovation

The News

  • The HRD Ministry introduced the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) in its first attempt to rank Indian education institutions on innovation achievements.


Key Highlights

  • ARIIA will rank educational institutions as per their innovation output based on major indicators and parameters used globally.
  • The rankings will encourage every college to have an innovation cell.
  • The new ranking will work parallel to the National Institutional Ranking Framework which ranks institutions mainly based on research capabilities.
  • While research produces new knowledge, innovation puts that knowledge to use.


About Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements

  • All recognised education institutions are eligible to participate.
  • The institutions will be rank-ordered based on scores with maximum value of 100
  • The ARIIA rankings are based on 5 main parameters with different weightages
  1. Budget expenses and revenue generated through innovation and entrepreneurship: 20%
  2. Advance centres and entrepreneurial support system: 10%
  3. Idea to entrepreneurship: 54%
  4. Development of innovation ecosystems: 10%
  5. Innovative solutions for improving governance: 6%
  • In order to ensure transparency, ARIIA has provisions for third-party verification.



  • India ranked 57th in the Global Innovation Index (GII) rankings, 2018 released by World Intellectual Property Organisation recently.
  • In 2016, the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) set up a Task Force on Innovation to suggest measures to enhance the innovation eco-system and thus improve the country’s ranking in the Global Innovation Index (GII).
  • Accordingly India has consistently been improving in GII rankings from 81 in 2015 to 57 in 2018 hold a top position in the central and south Asia region.
  • While India improved to 57th position, China is placed at 17th in 2018 GII rankings.
  • The GII ranking is published by WIPO in association with Cornell University and INSEAD.



India’s performance

Where did we perform?

As per the report following are India’s strengths

  • India’s human capital (graduates in science & engineering)
  • Growth rate of GDP per worker
  • Exports of ICT services
  • Productivity growth
  • Creative goods exports

Where do we lack?

  • Political stability & safety
  • Ease of starting business
  • Overall education
  • Environmental performance

Steps to promote Innovation

  • Uchchatar Aviskhar Yojana (UAY) (2015)
  • Impacting Research, Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT) (2015)
  • Skill India (2015),
  • Start-up India (2016),
  • Industry Relevant R&D (IRRD) (2016)
  • The Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2016 reduces the patent application period from the prevailing 5-7 years to 18 months.
  • Setting up of Task Force on Innovation by DIPP in 2016.
  • India hosted Global Innovation Index Event in August, 2018 to our commitment to create strong innovation ecosystems

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