India needs ASSURED innovation policy -Dr RA Mashelkar

Innovation is the key to economic and social development, growth as well as competitiveness. How is India doing in terms of its global standing in innovation?

Look at the Global Innovation Index. India has moved up to 66 (2016) and now to 60 (2017). So India is on the rise. But we have a long way to go to become a top-ranking innovation nation.

India needs a new national innovation policy, going beyond the national science, technology and innovation policy that was launched by the Government of India in 2011. According to a report published in, Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, former Director General of CSIR and present National Research Professor Chairman, National Innovation Foundation and President, Global Research Alliancedescribed such policy simply as ASSURED Innovation Policy. What does ASSURED stand for?