Innovation Current Affairs - 2020

Government approves 122 new research projects under IMPRINT scheme

Union Ministry of Hume Resource Development (MHRD) has approved 122 new research project proposals worth Rs 112 crore for funding under its IMPRINT-II (Impacting Research Innovation and Technology) scheme. These projects were approved at IMPRINT-II Apex Committee meeting chaired by HRD Minister Prakash Javddekar in New Delhi.

Key Facts

The 122 approved new research projects aims to advance research in energy, healthcare, security and defence domains in the high education institutions. Of the selected 122 new projects, 81 are sponsored by industry. The selected proposals include 35 (ICT), 18 (Advanced Materials), 17 (Healthcare Technology), 12 (Energy Security), 11 (Security & Defence), 9 (Sustainable Habitat), 7 Water Resource & River Systems, 5 (Environment & Climate), 4 (Manufacturing) and 4 (Nano Technology).


IMPRINT is first of its kind MHRD supported scheme to address major science and engineering challenges and boost original scientific and technological research in 10 technology identified domains in the country. It was launched in November 2015 with an aim to develop new engineering education policy and create road map to pursue engineering challenges. These 10 domains are Health Care, Computer Science and ICT, Advance Materials, Water Resources and River systems, Sustainable Urban Design, Defence, Nano-technology Hardware, Environmental Science and Climate Change and Energy Security.

IMPRINT provides overarching vision that guides research into areas that are predominantly socially relevant. Initially under IMPRINT-I, IITs and IISC, were asked to identify major areas where India is facing engineering and technology challenges. Now its scope also has been expanded private institutions along with IITs and IISc under IMPRINT-II and jointly funded and steered by MHRD and Department of Science and Technology (DST). The implementation of 142 projects under IMPRINT-I are already underway. These projects have received support from several ministries, councils and departments in addition to MHRD.

Atal Innovation Mission: NITI Aayog and MyGov launches Innovate India Platform

NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission and MyGov has jointly launched ‘#InnovateIndia Platform’ ( It is citizen centric platform that aims to serve as common point for all innovation happening across the nation.

Innovate India Platform

It creates much-needed innovations platform for registering both grassroots and deep-tech innovators at national level. It will help those who are searching for critical innovation for benefit of the economy as well as national social needs. It is open to all Indian citizens. Using it, users can view, comment, share, and rate innovations crowdsourced on #InnovateIndia platform. They can view leaderboard which is calculated based on votes on each innovation. It allows citizens to share their organizations or someone else’s innovation on platform by login to MyGov website. These innovations also can be shared on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)

AIM is NITI Aayog’s flagship initiative to promote culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. It is mandated to create umbrella structure to oversee innovation ecosystem of country and revolutionizing innovation eco-system – touching upon entire innovation life cycle through various programs.


  • 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.

The sub-schemes of AIM 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.

MyGov Portal

It is citizen engagement platform launched by Central Government in 2014 to promote active participation of citizens in country’s governance and development. Its objective is to create common platform for Indian citizens to crowdsource governance ideas from citizens. It allows users (citizens) to discuss and contribute on various government projects and plans. It is hosted and managed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC).