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Atal Community Innovation Centre launched in New Delhi

Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan launched Atal Community Innovation Centre in New Delhi. It aims to encourage spirit of innovation at community level.

About Atal Community Innovation Centre


To encourage spirit of innovation through solution-driven design thinking to serve society.

To make innovation ecosystem socially inclusive and to ensure equitable distribution of infrastructure for innovation across India.

Need: In order to achieve target of 5 trillion dollar economy by 2025, Atal Innovation Mission has a key role to perform.


The Atal Community Innovation Centre initiative has been launched under Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), a flagship initiative of NITI Aayog. NITI Aayog is tasked upon to open innovation Centres in all Gram Panchayats of country to promote local innovation.

It has been launched to focus on 484 backward districts where innovation infrastructure is very weak. This will also help improve innovation environment in country.

It has been specifically designed for underserved, unserved regions of Tier 1 cities, Tier 2 cities and Tier 3 cities, North-East, Jammu and Kashmir, Smart Cities, Aspirational districts as well as rural and tribal regions of India.

About Atal Innovation Mission

AIM is an Innovation Promotion Platform in NITI Aayog. It has replaced National Innovation Council (NIC), a significant difference between two will be powers to disburse funds.

It involves academics, entrepreneurs and researchers and draw upon national/international experiences to foster culture of innovation, scientific research and Research & Development (R&D) in India.

It will promote a network of world-class innovation hubs and grand challenges for India as well as provide inputs to all central ministries on innovation and suggest a funding mechanism for result-oriented research.

Significance: It has brought radical transformation in Indian education system thereby government is promoting innovation in all rural, backward and aspirational districts to make India one of prominent innovative nations.

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Sanrakshan Kshmata Mahotsav

Sanrakshan Kshmata Mahotsav (SAKSHAM) Vans was flagged off by Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan to promote and create awareness among people on the need of oil and gas conservation for the future and the methods to do it.

To spread the awareness about energy conservation for better future these vans will travel to 30 districts. As part of the awareness drive, Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) will also run people-centric drives throughout the country between January 16 to February 15 under SAKSHAM.

Sanrakshan Kshmata Mahotsav (SAKSHAM)

Sanrakshan Kshmata Mahotsav (SAKSHAM) is an annual flagship event of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India.

PCRA undertakes this awareness programme in collaboration with Oil & Gas PSUs along with other stakeholders like State Governments, for creating focused attention on fuel conservation through people-centric activities and to sensitize the masses about the conservation and efficient use of petroleum products leading to better health and environment.

Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA)

Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) is a non-profit organization registered society set up under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India.

PCRA is the principal national government agency engaged in promoting energy efficiency in various sectors of the economy. It undertakes studies to identify the potential and to make recommendations for achieving conservation of petroleum products in various sectors of the economy and sponsors R&D activities for the development of fuel-efficient equipment/devices.

As part of its effort to increase awareness about energy conservation, it undertakes multi-media campaigns through All India Radio, Doordarshan, TV channels, Private FM channels, Digital Cinema Theaters etc.

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