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Atal Innovation Mission ink SOI with SAP Global to foster innovation

NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has signed Statement of Intent (SOI) with German tech company SAP to promote culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across 100 Atal Tinkering Labs across India.

As part of SOI, SAP will adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) in 2018 for five years to nurture science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning among secondary school children across India.

Key Facts

SAP will select secondary schools from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The collaboration will allow SAP to further ignite innovation in India’s large student population by providing right guidance, knowledge and infrastructure. SAP employee volunteers will coach and mentor students in advanced technology topics. Design lab of SAP Labs India, will provide trainings and allow students to gain hands-on experience with technology gadgets.

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)

AIM is flagship initiative to promote culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in country. Its mandated is to create umbrella structure to oversee innovation ecosystem of country and revolutionize innovation eco-system.

Objectives

  • Develop new programmes and policies for fostering innovation in different sectors of economy.
  • Provide platform and collaboration opportunities for different stakeholders, create awareness.
  • Create umbrella structure to oversee innovation ecosystem of the country.

Its sub-schemes include establishing Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) and Atal Incubation Centers (AICs), for providing scaling up support to Established Incubation Centres. It also includes finding ultra-low cost solution to India’s most intractable problems through Atal Grand Challenges and Atal Vikas Challenges.

Till date, AIM has selected 2441 schools across India to establish ATLs, covering 93% of total districts in India and 98% of upcoming smart cities representing all states and 5 out of 7 UTs.

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1500 more schools selected to establish Atal Tinkering Labs

NITI Aayog’s flagship Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) scheme has selected additional 1,500 schools across country to establish Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) programme that encourages innovation thinking among young students.

With these, 2,441 schools have become part of AIM since its inception. The addition of these schools will give major boost to realise vision of AIM to cultivate one million children in India as innovators of tomorrow. The schools were selected from over 25,000 applications.

Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs)

ATLs are innovative play workspaces fitted with state-of-the-art technologies like 3D printers, robotics, sensor technology kits, Internet of things (IoT), miniaturised electronics to stimulate innovation among students of class 6 to 12th. These labs will help students to find solutions by exploring and experiencing design thinking and innovation, a do-it-yourself approach etc.

The labs are designed to spur the spark of creativity, and go beyond regular curriculum and text book learning.  These labs will also enable students explore skills of future like design and computational thinking, adaptive learning and artificial intelligence.

ATLs will help country to transform young students to young innovators. The active participation by schools and their students in ATL will power transformations of New India through their creativity and innovation. AIM aims to enhance coverage of ATLs to over 98% smart cities and 93% districts.

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)

AIM is government’s flagship initiative to promote culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in country. Its objectives are

  • Develop new programmes and policies for fostering innovation in different sectors of economy.
  • Provide platform and collaboration opportunities for different stakeholders, create awareness.
  • Create umbrella structure to oversee innovation ecosystem of the country.

AIM’s flagship schemes include establishing Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) and Atal Incubation Centers (AICs), for providing scaling up support to Established Incubation Centers. It also includes finding ultra-low cost solution to India’s most intractable problems through Atal Grand Challenges and Atal Vikas Challenges.

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