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NITI Aayog launches Atal New India Challenge under Atal Innovation Mission

The NITI Aayog has launched Atal New India Challenge under Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) with aim to bring-in innovations and technologies relevant to the people. This initiative will focus on efforts towards solving problems in core areas, which would have direct impact on improving lives of citizens and also generate employment.

Key Facts

For this initiative, AIM has partnered with Ministries of Housing and Urban Affairs, Road Transport and Highways, Agriculture and Family Welfare, Drinking Water & Sanitation and Railway Board. Under this challenge, AIM will invite prospective innovators, MSMEs and start-ups to design market-ready products using cutting edge technologies or prototypes across pre-identified 17 focus areas.

17 identified focus areas are: climate-smart agriculture, fog vision system for road and rail, prevention of rail failure using emerging technologies, predictive maintenance of Rolling Stock, alternate fuel based transportation,  smart mobility, electric mobility, safe transport, instant portable water quality testing, affordable desalination/recycling technology, waste management recycling/reuse, garbage composition devices, quality of compost, decentralized composting, mixing blades for composting, waste in public spaces and dissuading public littering.

Guidelines of Challenges

As a part of it, applicants showing capability, intent and potential to productise technologies in 17 identified ares will be awarded grants up to Rs 1 crore. The grant will be supported by mentoring and other support as needed at various stages of commercialisation while generating wider deployment.

These grants will not be mutually exclusive and will be given based on Selection Committee’s perception of potential. The winning grantees will be supported with mentoring, go-to-market strategies by leading incubators, accelerators and experts, technical support, and other means.

The programme will be open to Indian companies registered under Companies Act 1956 and 2013, MSMEs, Start-Ups or private R&D organizations (other than Railway R&D organization), academic institutions, academicians, or even individual innovators.

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.

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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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