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The Central Government of India has setup the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) at NITI Aayog. 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.

Its aims is to serve as a platform for promotion of world-class Innovation Hubs, Grand Challenges, Start-up businesses and other self-employment activities. Some of its functions includes:

Develop new programmes and policies for fostering innovation in different sectors of economy especially the backwards and not well established sector.
Provide collaboration opportunities for different stakeholders.

Create umbrella structure to oversee the ecosystem of innovation in the country.
Entrepreneurship promotion through Self-Employment and Talent Utilization, wherein innovators would be encouraged and mentored to become successful entrepreneurs.

Innovation promotion to provide a platform where innovative ideas are generated. It serves as a platform where young minds could be allowed to go beyond the conventional methods and try out things in a different or a unique way.

This scheme aims to improvise the vision of a student which can enhance 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.
There are 3 sub schemes that has been initiated under this mission.

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. Children of age group 7-18 are eligible to use these labs provided an adult surveillance. It provides a platform where young minds are shaped by catering to their curiosity, imagination, and creativity by allowing them to experiment and understand the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). It provides a self-learning environment and an amazing venture to strengthen and endorsed adaptive learning. AIM will enhance the coverage of ATL to over 98 percent smart cities and 93 percent districts.

Atal Incubation Centers (AIC): 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. it would provide them with essential infrastructural facilities and other value-added services. It would provide them with experts in the particular sectors for mentoring their newly established businesses, providing with the planning support, access to seed capital, industry partners, trainings and other relevant components required for innovative start-ups. AIM gives a grant-in-aid of ₹ 10 crore to each AIC for a maximum period of five years to cover the capital and operational cost.
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. These solutions should be effective and innovative so that change can be seen easily. NITI Aayog has called on the national and the international community to join the initiative and in finding solutions to the most intractable problems. There are many factors like clean water facility, well built housing, access to basic healthcare and medication facilities, quality education, lack of farm mechanization and many other with are the reasons behind India being a developing country instead of developed. Through this scheme solutions will be obtained by people and also result in economic transformation of the bottom 70% and beyond of the population and elimination of poverty. This will bring advancement along with it.




This mission has a major objective which is to change the current scenario of India and improve the quality of services and education provided to the children to make them competitive and extraordinary. The AIM has made a great progress and everyday it is covering more and more schools and other areas to provide them with upcoming technology. 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 Union Territories. This will boost their understanding of the mission and cultivate one million children in India as the innovators of tomorrow.

Under the Atal New India Challenge which is in collaboration with five ministries, AIM will invite prospective innovators to design market-ready products, using advance technologies across 17 identified focus areas such as Smart Mobility, Predictive Maintenance of Rolling Stock and Waste Management and others. The person who wins this challenge will be awarded with ₹ 1 crore. These would improve their financial condition and work as a financial aid.