Atal Innovation Mission Current Affairs - 2019

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Russia’s SIRIUS and NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission ends

The second phase of Russia’s SIRIUS Deep Technology Learning and NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission ended on December 9, 2019. The joint programme was conducted based on a Memorandum of Understanding between SIRIUS and AIM.

Highlights

The event was held between 28 November, 2019 and 8 December, 2019. Around 50 Russian and Indian students participated in the event. They shared best contemporary innovation practices in the field of biotech, clean energy, IT and Data analysis, Remote Earth Sensing, Robotics and Drones.

The students also created classification of farmland based on the data from satellite and neural network in order to achieve effective management of crop land. Under Clean Energy, students created free energy island prototype that can withstand energy requirement of 600 people. Under Drones and Robotics, an automated machine to collect tea leaves was created.

SIRIUS

SIRIUS is Scientific International Research in Unique Terrestrial Station. It is a series of experiments that investigate flights to moon. It was started in 2017.

In 2017, joint SIRIUS experiments were conducted by US and Russia. It was called SIRIUS-17. The scientists under the programme conducted preventive measures and technologies to protect the health of scientists during space flight.

In March 2019, SIRIUS-19 was conducted. Under this initiative, 80 experiments were carried out that simulated human visit to the moon.

UNDP launches Accelerator Lab in New Delhi

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the India chapter of its new initiative, Accelerator Lab in New Delhi. The objective behind launching lab is to address some of the most pressing issues facing India, including air pollution, through innovation. To achieve its objectives, the UNDP has also partnered with NITI Aayog ‘s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).

About Accelerator Lab

The laboratory will be housed in UNDP’s office based in New Delhi. The vision behind setting up lab is to make faster progress in meeting ambitious United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

At the Accelerator Lab innovators will seek to bring in their energy together to come up with solutions for common problems facing the country. Issues that laboratory will seek to address through innovation includes:  air pollution, sustainable water management and client-resilient livelihoods.

The Indian lab will be among 60 global ones that will find, test and try to scale up innovative solutions helpful in combating both climate change as well as social inequity.