Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) : Features, Objectives & Eligibility

Atal Innovation Mission

Atal Innovation Mission : Features & Objectives

Atal Innovation Mission

The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is a flagship initiative of the Government of India for the promotion of a renewed culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. It is also mandated to create an umbrella structure to oversee innovation ecosystem of the country and revolutionizing the innovation eco-system – touching upon the entire innovation life cycle through various programs.

The Atal Innovation Mission along with the Self-Employment and Talent Utilization (SETU) are the leading ventures to promote a culture of innovation in India. AIM and SETU were given government approvals in February 2016. AIM and AIM Directorate was established which would provide help in implementation of mission activities in a focused manner. Its headquarters are established in New Delhi.

Important Features Of Atal Innovation Mission (ATL)

  • Developing new programs and policies to foster the innovation in various sectors of economy keeping in focus the backwards and the sectors that are not well established.
  • Providing collaboration opportunities to different stakeholders.
  • Creating umbrella structure to oversee the ecosystem of innovation in the country.
  • Promoting entrepreneurship through Self-Employment and Talent Utilization, wherein innovators would be encouraged and mentored to become successful entrepreneurs.
  • Promoting innovation in order to provide a platform where innovative ideas are generated. It serves as a platform where young minds are allowed to go beyond the conventional methods and try out things in a unique way.
  • Atal Innovation Mission scheme aims to improvise the vision of a student that in turn enhances their creativity and transform them into innovators of the new technology. It also aims to provide them with equal opportunities to reach up to their goals and aspirations.

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Eligibility To Avail Benefits Of Atal Innovation Mission

  • The schools having classes from 6th to 10th standards, run by government or local private bodies in India are eligible for participation in this scheme.
  • The applicant has to provide a minimum of 10,000 sq. ft. of ready-to-use, built-up space, for the exclusive use of the AIC facilities.
  • For the establishment of Incubation Centres,
  • EIC must have been in operations for a minimum of three years as of 1st August 2017.
  • It should also be registered in India as public, private or public-private partnership

Financial Support Under Atal Innovation Mission

AIM provides grant-in-aid to the participating schools. This includes a one-time establishment cost of Rs. 10 lacs and operational expenses of Rs. 10 lacs for a maximum of 5 years period to each of the established Atal Tinkering Labs.

Atal Innovation Mission is implemented successfully with the help of 3 sub schemes running under the umbrella of the scheme. These schemes are:

  • Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs): Atal Tinkering Labs is a significant step towards modern and a progressive India. They are workspaces fitted with technologies like 3D printers, robotics, sensor technology kits, Internet of things (IoT) and miniaturized electronics. The purpose of this scheme is to inculcate skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc. These labs have been installed in schools managed by government or private trust.
  • Atal Incubation Centres (AICs): These centers are established to nurture innovative start-up businesses in their pursuit to become scalable and successful enterprises. AIC will promote startups in various subject areas like manufacturing, transport, energy, health, education, agriculture, water and sanitation etc.
  • Atal Grand Challenge Awards or Atal Vikas Challenges: It has the objective of developing novel disruptive technologies that are ultra-low cost, low maintenance, durable and customized according to the local conditions in India. Atal Grand Challenge will be awarding prizes to any citizen who provides desired solution as per the challenge specific criteria, in a timely manner. These awards can be reaching up to ₹ 1 crore.

The AIM mission is doing as much as it could to transform the rote learning of our education system into an innovative and unique approach. With this vision in mind, National Institute of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog controlled Atal Innovation Mission launched the Atal Tinkering Lab’s Community Day.

The day emphasizes on the Community Drive Initiative in which as reported 25 young mentors engaged with more than 200 students. These 200 students include the students who are not enrolled in formal education system.

These mentors will visit four locations in New Delhi to conduct brief sessions. On how innovations can help resolve problems in the communities with targeted children from various NGOs.

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