• NMIS 2021-22 was undertaken by Department of Science and Technology in collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to evaluate innovation performance of manufacturing firms in India.
  • This study is a follow-up of DST’s first National Innovation Survey held in 2011.
  • It had two specific components viz.
    • Firm-level survey: It captured data related to process of innovation, access to finance, resources, and information for innovation.
    • Sectorial System of innovation survey: It targeted firm and non-firm actors through 5 selected sectorse., food & beverage, textiles, automotive, pharmaceutical, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
  • Firm level survey findings were used to compile India Manufacturing Innovation Index (IMII), covering 28 states and 6 UTs.
  • Major findings
    • Indian manufacturing sector has an overall IMII score of 28.17.
    • Karnataka ranked highest on NMIS score followed by Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu.
    • Low scoring states are North-eastern states (excluding Assam), followed by Bihar, Assam, Jharkhand.
    • Barriers to innovation – lack of access to 4.0 technologies, no clear national innovation strategy, high cost, restricted finance, etc.


  • UNIDO (established in 1966) is a specialized agency of UN to promote, and accelerate industrial development.
  • HQ- Vienna, Austria.
  • Members- 171 (India is a founding member).
  • UNIDO is custodian for 6 industry-related indicators under SDG 9.
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