In a bid to promote a culture of research and innovation in higher education, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development on Thursday introduced Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARRIA). ARRIA has been introduced to ensure that innovation will bring a new change in the society, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said. Javadekar made this announcement at the inauguration of an innovation cell at the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) in New Delhi.
"India lacks innovation. It is a challenge for us to innovate, innovation will make our country prosper. New thinking must be encouraged and every college must have an innovation cell," Javadekar said. "Named after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, ARIIA will rank educational institutions for innovation output based on all major indicators and parameters used globally," he added.
Earlier, HRD Ministry had announced that Innovation Cell, headed by a Scientist and comprising of a senior Ministry official and young professionals who bring to the table new ideas in promoting innovation, would be created to further strengthen the innovation efforts. It was announced in March, 2018, close on the heels of India moving 6 ranks up in the Global Innovation Index Ranking from 66 in 2016 to 60 in 2017, out of 127 countries.
“There has been considerable improvement in India’s ranking in Global Innovation Index 2017. Since the large part of Global Innovation Index relates to Education, the setting up of Innovation Cell in the Ministry will lead to more focused attention on innovation and research efforts. The Government's renewed emphasis on innovation as a measure to improve the economic growth and the standard of living, is bearing fruit. Six new Research Parks have been sanctioned in various premier institutions. There are more than 120 Technology Business Incubators covering all the institutions in the country,” Javadekar had said.