(GIST OF YOJANA) Contributing to a
knowledge based revolution
Contributing to a knowledge based revolution
India, over the centuries has never had a dearth of great thinkers,
scientists, engineers, innovators, philosophers, and artists. Indian
intellectual capabilities are second to none. Our philosophy, culture, fine
arts, temples and sculptures over thousands of years also bear testimony to the
Whenever Indians go abroad they excel. Many like Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella
and other Indians are leaders in some of the largest and most innovative
countries has allowed them to realize their aspirations, convert their dreams
into reality, and helped them flower and blossom to their true potential.
With over 1.3 billion people, 1.4 million schools, 10500+ engineering related
institutions, 150+ million youth of India entering the workforce, we need to
ensure that our youth can also realize their true potential through the creation
of a vibrant ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship in this country.
A holistic framework
The Atal Innovation Mission has adopted a holistic framework to achieve its
objectives. At the school level there is a tremendous need for creation of an
innovative, problem solving mindset in the students of the high schools. These
students are going to be the future of our country and we need to ensure that
thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators blossom from our school educational
At the university and industry levels, there are a growing number of startups
thanks to several startup initiatives in the country both from the private
sector as well as from the government. But there is a growing need for world
class Incubators in various institutions of the country to foster and nurture
start-ups enabling their success. Startups need vital access to technology labs,
research capital, finance, hiring networks, etc to succeed. Incubators would
help in providing this support. With 100+ smart cities identified in the
country, we need to ensure world class incubators in all these smart cities.
About Atal Tinkering Labs
The word Tinkering is often associated with a garage where you use hundreds
of tools in a garage to repair or fix a vehicle or even experiment with new
possibilities. The very environment and atmosphere in a garage makes you apply
your theoretical knowledge to practical applications and innovation.
Theoretical classroom based knowledge in the various fields of science, physics,
chemistry, maths triggers the spark of curiosity in a child to acquire more of
Practical knowledge, access to tinkering with latest tools and technologies
ignites the imagination of children as they learn to apply abstract concepts
learnt in the classroom to real world solutions. It triggers a problem solving
innovative mindset in the school students. This is very important for the
children and youth of our country.
The world is changing at a dizzying pace. Revolutionary technological
advancements are transforming the world and giving rise to new
technologies and business innovations at an exponential rate. Electronic
miniaturization has enabled a computer the size of out pocket. Convergence of
computing, storage and communications at incredibly lower costs has enabled new
innovations like the iPhone. Robotics and artificial intelligence are driving
next generation productivity and automations. 3D printers are enabling real time
conceptualization, design, prototyping and manufacturing. IoT or the Internet of
Things are connecting sensor technologies to man, machine, devices, mobile and
satellite technologies in every industry enabling precision agriculture, water
cleansing and conservation climate change controls, disaster prediction and
management, driverless cars and advanced transportation systems. Big data and
decision making through advanced easy-to-use tools.
The Atal Incubators initiative is to create world class incubators to support
the burgeoning number of startups in the burgeoning number of startups in the
AIM has already launched 101 incubators to date all of which would be
operational by end 2019. These incubators will provide the necessary ecosystem
of access to technology labs, hiring, training, mentoring, finance, venture
capital networks and corporate networks.
The long term vision is to have world class incubators in the top 10 academic
and engineering institutions of every state and in every city identified as a
smart city for development.
India is the world’s largest democracy with over a billion people, with each
state having different issues and problems to solve both from economic growth as
well as societal needs perspectives. It is important to expose the magnitude and
impact of these problems to the future innovators of the country so as to enable
them to understand the enormous positive impact of solving these problems.
There is, therefore, an urgent need to incentivize relevant problem solving
innovations at local, regional and national levels across the country at school,
university and industry levels.
The Atal Tinkering Challenges at a school level, the Atal New India Challenges
at Industry levels, the Atal Small Business Innovation and Research challenges
at a national level will incentivize relevant problem solving.24 Atal New India
Challenges stimulating product innovations in five sectors have been launched in
areas such as drinking water and sanitation, urban housing and development,
climate smart agriculture, rail safety and transportation which can have great
benefit for the country. I the recently held Atal Tinkering Marathon over 35000+
students participated creating 6000+ innovations in five challenges launched
nationwide. The top 100 innovations from these school students are being
considered for possible conversion from prototypes into market ready products.
Long Term Goals
AIM’s future initiatives include establishment and promotion o small business
innovation research and development on a national scale for accelerating
innovation on a large scale in small businesses/startups/MSME sector. AIM would
also collaborate in Science and Technology Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Rejuvenation (AIM STEER) of innovations in major research institutions of the
country like Council of Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council
for Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Medical Research (UCNR) aligned to national
India got left behind in the Industrial Revolution that swept the world in the
last century. But India does have a unique opportunity to contribute in the
knowledge based revolution that is sweeping the world today. That is why Atal
Innovation Mission initiatives are so important and need to be embraced by
all. The children and youth of our country deserve it. We all need to
collectively make it happen.