National Manufacturing Innovation Survey

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Recently, the secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (Ministry of Science & Technology) released the “National Manufacturing Innovation Survey (NMIS) 2021-22: Summary for Policymakers.

About National Manufacturing Innovation Survey (NMIS):

  • It is a joint study by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Aim of the survey: To evaluate the innovation performance of manufacturing firms in India.
  • It had two specific components:
    • Firm-level survey: It captured data related to types of innovations and innovative measures taken by firms, including the process of innovation, access to finance, resources, and information for innovation etc.
    • Sectorial System of Innovation (SSI) survey: It mapped the manufacturing innovation system and its enabling role in achieving innovations in firms.
    • The SSI study measured the convergence or divergence of current policy instruments in select five key manufacturing sectors important to the Indian economy – textiles; food & beverage; automotive; pharma; and ICT.
  • The first National Innovation Survey was held in 2011.

Key Facts about United Nations Industrial Development Organization

  • It is a specialised agency of the United Nations with a unique mandate to promote dynamize and accelerate industrial development.  
  • It provides support to its 171 Member States through four mandated functions:    
    • Technical cooperation
    • Action-oriented research and policy-advisory services.
    • Normative standards-related activities
    • Fostering partnerships for knowledge and technology transfer.
  • India is a member of this organisation. 


Q1) What is Innovation?

Innovation refers to the creation and implementation of new ideas, products, or processes that bring about significant changes in society, business, or the economy. Innovation can involve the development of new technologies, the introduction of new business models, or the creation of new ways of thinking.

Source:  National Manufacturing Innovation Survey (NMIS) 2021-22 findings released, can help enhance competitiveness of Indian manufacturing