Innovation in India: Combining Economic Growth with Inclusive Development
By: Shyama V. Ramani (editor)Hardback
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It has been a little more than sixty years since the foundations of India's national system of innovation were laid, and it is time to look back and examine what form it has taken. What are the achievements of the Indian system of innovation? How has it performed in terms of building industrial capabilities and promoting development? Using the 'National System of Innovation' and the 'Sectoral System of Innovation' approach, this book organizes historical evidence on the accumulation of scientific, technical, innovation and industrial capabilities in different industrial sectors. It is also useful to keep in mind that according to the sectoral tales of this book, irrespective of the policy, there will always be some individuals and organisations who will experiment to find creative ways of pursuing opportunities.
Shyama V. Ramani is a Professorial Fellow in the United Nations University, UNU-MERIT, in Maastricht and Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Social Enterprise in Brunel Business School in London. Her work revolves around three core themes: the impact of the national system of innovation on the creation of industrial competence and inclusive development; the use of patent and publications statistics as indicators of competitive position and comparative advantage; and the creation of incentives for cooperation and coordination. Dr Ramani holds a PhD in economics from Cornell University, USA. After the tsunami of December 2004, she founded the non-profit organization 'Friend in Need', an action-research unit which aims to improve sanitation coverage and waste management in rural India. For this work, she was one of the laureates of the 'Women of the Earth' trophy in 2008 awarded by the Institut de France and the Yves Rocher Foundation.
List of figures; List of tables; Prologue; 1. Innovation in India: the challenge of combining economic growth with inclusive development Shyama V. Ramani and Adam Szirmai; Part I. Setting the Background: 2. The university as a catalyst of innovation, entrepreneurship, and new markets in the Indian system of innovation Gita Surie; 3. Demand and innovation: paths to inclusive development Smita Srinivas; Part II. Sectoral Studies: 4. Innovations in Indian seed/ biotech industry Carl E. Pray and Latha Nagarajan; 5. National innovation systems and the Indian software industry development Nagesh Kumar; 6. The secret behind India's success in pharmaceuticals: seizing the right windows of opportunity Shyama V. Ramani and Samira Guennif; 7. Nanoscience and nanotechnology: the new sunrise industry? Manish Anand; 8. Energy innovation (sub)systems in India Ambuj Sagar and Ankur Chaudhary; Part III. Innovations for Inclusive Development: 9. Evolution of traditional medical systems sector in India: what has innovation got to do with it? Arijita Dutta; 10. Where is the toilet please? On the diffusion of toilets as a pro-poor innovation in rural India Shyama V. Ramani and Shuan Sadre Ghazi; 11. Pro-poor innovation-making, knowledge production and technology implementation for rural areas: lessons from the Indian experience Dinesh Abrol; 12. Innovation in India: melding economic growth with inclusive development - concluding remarks Shyama V. Ramani; Contributors; Index.
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