India's Innovation Blueprint

How the Largest Democracy is Becoming an innovation Super Power


  • George Eby Mathew, Infosys, Australia

In 2010, India celebrated its 60th anniversary as an independent sovereign republic. India is the fourth largest economy by gross domestic product. Economically, it is building itself as a formidable force and global influence. At the same time India has fundamental challenges: its inequities are visible; its young population tread a thin line between opportunity and pitfall; its infrastructure has gaping holes; and it’s a slow chaotic democracy. This book establishes that in spite of these challenges, a new India is emerging out of the old, colliding more often than collaborating with the old India. Much of the new India is built on the economic momentum established 20 years ago and built by private entrepreneurs. The new economic climate, together with talent and entrepreneurship, is also making India a net supplier of innovation. Going by current trends, India will become an innovation super power by 2035. This book will establish that India is not just leveraging innovation for global competitiveness alone, but is also leveraging innovation as the specific instrument for inclusive growth. This book identifies gaps in the current innovation ecosystem and recommends a portfolio approach and calls for a National Innovation System (NIS) as a blueprint to fix the gaps. It suggests that for India to succeed in identifying, funding and sustaining a balanced innovation portfolio, India will also have to succeed in eliminating poverty, increase its rural GDP manifold, and provide employment, education and health for all its citizens.

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Students and academics in Asian studies, international business managers


Book information

  • Published: October 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-229-8

Table of Contents

The tipping point eras; India’s place in the new world order; Enviable growth; Ground-breaking changes; Innovation foundation; Gargantuan opportunities and mindless pitfalls; Enhancing rural GDP through inclusive innovation; Formalising innovation through a national innovation system.