Friday, February 3, 2017

Niti Ayog lauched India Innovation Index with DIPP and CII

Niti Ayog lauched India Innovation Index with DIPP and CII


New Delhi, 3 Feb: To make India an innovation-driven economy, NITI Aayog, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) together launched a mega initiative “India Innovation Index” that will rank states on Innovations through country’s first online innovation index portal that will capture data on innovation from all Indian states on innovation and regularly update it in real time.

The India Innovation Index Framework will be structured based on the best practices followed in Global Innovation Index (GII) indicators and additionally by adding India-centric parameters those truly reflect the Indian innovation ecosystem. This initiative will be the point of reference for all international agencies to collect India’s up to date data points for global indices and analytic.

Inaugurating the portal, Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog said, “This portal will be a first-of-its-kind online platform where Global Innovation Index indicators and India–centric data from various states will be coalesced and disseminated and updated periodically. This will be a one-stop data warehouse and will track progress on each indicator at the National level and the State level on real-time basis. The access to this portal will be hosted on the NITI Aayog website, and NITI Aayog will update this data periodically.”

Mr. Kant said, “I would like to congratulate Confederation of Indian Industry for creating the Global Innovation Index a decade ago and the World Intellectual Property, Cornell University for working together to further develop it and make it a global consulting document for policymakers around the world.”

Data collated on this portal will not only be used to ameliorate current data gaps w.r.t the GII, but be the prime source for the India Innovation Index, which will be jointly developed by NITI Aayog, DIPP and CII, in consultation with World Economic Forum, the World Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell University, OECD, UNIDO, ILO, UNESCO, ITU and others with the objective to rank Indian states as per their innovation prowess and provide impetus to them to build their respective innovation ecosystems and spur the innovation spirit among institutions and people.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Kiran Bedi will quit as Puducherry LG next year, read why?

Kiran Bedi will quit as Puducherry LG next year, read why?


Puducherry, 8 January: Kiran Bedi announced that she would demit office as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry in May next year on completion of two year due to growing differences with the Congress-led government.

Kiren Bedi statement comes day after the Congress MLAs sought Center's intervention complaining Bedi's style of functioning in the backdrop of her cancelling a circular issued by Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy. 

Earlier, Kiran Bedi declared a circular issued by Narayanasamy, banning the use of social media applications such as Facebook and WhatsApp for official communication, as 'null and void', stating that such as order falls in contravention of guidelines and rules and policies.

She told, 'If Puducherry has to be a progressive UT, it cannot be retrograde in communications. Hence Chief Minister Narayanasamy decision stands cancelled.

The notification issued by the Chief Minister Narayanasamy on December 2, last year directed all government employees to desist from using social media for official works, stating that the server of these multinational countries based outside the country.