STEM Current Affairs - 2019

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India-Canada: Cabinet approves MoU in research and industry-academic collaboration

The Union Cabinet has been apprised of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Canada to foster cross-border partnerships focused on research excellence and industry-academic collaboration. The MoU was signed in February 2018 in New Delhi.

Key Facts

The MoU aims at fostering cross-border partnerships in research excellence and industry-academic collaboration between India and Canada to bring robust innovation gains to both countries. It will enable researchers from both countries to undertake graduate level academic research mobility and cross-border industry-academic cooperation.

Under graduate level academic research mobility programme, both countries will support upto 110 Masters and PhD student researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields in 3-year period. Eligible students from Indian universities will get chance to participate in 12 to 24 weeks’ research with Canadian university research laboratories. The same number of researchers from Canadian universities will also participate in 12 to 24 weeks’ research with research laboratories of eligible Indian universities.

Under cross-border Industry-Academic Cooperation, upto 40 Master’s and PhD student researchers in 3-years from each side will participate in 16 to 24 weeks’ research with industry partners located in counterpart country. The collaboration is expected to lead to new knowledge creation, Industrial exposure, joint scientific publications, Intellectual Property generation, etc. This MoU will further strengthen India’s long-standing relationship in Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation with Canada.

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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.


  • 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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