This discussion paper is aimed to help the policy making process by identifying traded and local clusters present in India, analysing the performance of clusters from 1999 till date, and examining the role of clusters in the Indian economy.

A multi-stage process was followed to reach the final framework for assessing clusters.

  • The first stage involved interaction with Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness team to gain an understanding of the cluster mapping project, its evolution, principles, and methodology.
  • The second stage involved mapping the US NAAC industry codes with the Indian NIC codes to arrive at the Indian cluster definitions. After clusters were defined a comprehensive evaluation was done to understand the role of clusters in the Indian economy.
  • The third step involved engagement with key experts and stakeholders to solicit feedback and validation. Among those who provided valuable feedback was the team of experts at DIPP. The team conducted presentations of their work at DIPP.


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