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National Innovation Survey

This is regarding Sunil Mani’s article “The Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2013” (EPW, 9 March 2013). The author refers to “Understanding Innovation: The Indian Context” (August 2012) and writes: “Regarding non-R&D innovation generating activities and routes, there is some information from a recently conducted national innovation survey. Once again this survey was also not a comprehensive one as it covered only 10 states and the response rates to this survey are not indicated, raising serious questions about the generality of the results obtained.”

For the author’s and readers’ information the survey covered 31 states and union territories, and not 10 states. It was a sample survey, with the sample drawn from ASI-NIC two-digit codes, following an appropriate sampling method. Sample firms were visited and interviewed for collection of information, and hence there was no question of response rates (high or low). Intermediate broad results of the survey are being published in the form of bulletins. The author has seen only one of the five issues published till now. While the first issue detailed the methodological issues, subsequent editions provided results for the states for which data was processed. Like all other issues of the bulletin, the one the author accessed had brief information about the earlier issues, including the coverage of the survey, full address for free downloads, etc.

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