University and Innovation: The Case of India
Oxford Brookes University
July 24, 2009
System theories of innovation such as the concepts of National Innovation System, Triple helix Thesis, and National Innovative Capacity underlie the importance of universities in enhancing and sustaining innovative capacity of regions and nations but at the same time, this role is conceptualised in distinctive fashions within these theories. These differences are noted and then evaluated in the context of India. The paper argues that the contribution of the university sector to India’s innovative capacity cannot be adequately explained through these frameworks as they do not address key dynamics that are in play. There is need for significant adaptations if these conceptual frameworks are to serve their purpose in understanding of the innovation dynamics in the country and guide policy making.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: National Innovation System, Triple Helix Thesis, India, Higher Education in India
JEL Classification: O3working papers series
Date posted: July 26, 2009 ; Last revised: November 7, 2010
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