Atal Innovation Mission for innovation-led mindset

Atal Innovation Mission: The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is an initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among the growing workforce in the country. It is claimed to be the biggest disruption in the formal education and startup ecosystem globally to help enjoy the benefits of a technology-led environment.

AIM was launched in 2016 by the central government as part of a series of programs in memory of India’s 10th Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee (25 December 1924 – 16 August 2018).

Atal Innovation Mission Initiatives

The Mission is targetting mainly students in schools and universities, start-ups, and other budding entrepreneurs towards building a creative, problem-solving mindset among the country’s youth. AIM has taken a number of initiatives to achieve these goals, which include:

  1. Atal Tinkering Labs at school level
  2. Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) in universities. Institutions, corporate, etc
  3. Atal Community Innovation Centres
  4. Atal New India Challenges
  5. Applied Research and Innovation for Small Enterprises (ARISE) challenges
  6. Mentorship and Partnership schemes
Atal Innovation Mission

1. Atal Tinkering Labs at the school level

Under the scheme, AIM has already established over 8,000 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) in schools nationwide.

ATL Programs backed by Artificial Intelligence and ‘Do-It-Yourself’ learning modules were introduced with the cooperation of organizations like Nasscom and its industry partners. ATL programs are designed to encourage students to apply advanced emerging tinkering DIY technologies on the back of an innovative mindset. Currently, some 70 lakh+ Students are actively engaged in ATLs.

2. Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) in universities, Institutions, corporate, etc

AIM has selected hundreds of universities/institutions / private players to establish world-class Incubators called Atal Incubation Centres (AICs). According to the plan, these Incubators will take steps for the creation and development of 50 world-class Startups every four years. Nearly 100 of such Incubators are already operational supporting 1500+ operational Startups, inclding 500+ women-led startups across the country.

3. Atal Community Innovation Centres

Atal Community Innovation Centres(ACIC) are meant for supporting the people living in the unserved/underserved regions of India including Tier 2, Tier 3 cities, aspirational districts, tribal, hilly, and coastal areas. ASICs are built on a partnership module, where a partner is expected to contribute equal or greater matching funding by the AIM to support the community. According to AIM, some 50+ ASICs are expected to be established during the next two years in different regions.

4. Atal New India Challenges

Atal New India Challenges initiative is operating in collaboration with various ministries and departments of the central government. The objective is to help Incubators through proper selection to promote the creation of product and service innovations having a national socio-economic impact. The beneficiaries include ministries such as a Jal Shakti, Urban Housing and Development, Agri and Food Processing, Chemicals, and Fertilizers.

5. Applied Research and Innovation for Small Enterprises (ARISE) challenges

Applied Research and Innovation for Small Enterprises Challenges or ARISE is launched to promote innovation in the MSME/Start-up sector in a phased manner. AIM manages this initiative in partnership with Ministries such as the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, and Ministry of Health and the Indian Satellite Research organization

6.Mentorship and Partnership schemes

AIM Mentorship and Partnership initiative is called “Mentor India – The mentors of Change”. This initiative is meant for enabling AIM to implement its various initiatives successfully. It is one of the largest mentor engagement and management programs in the country. Currently, some 5000+ Mentors of Change are engaged under this initiative.


Atal Innovation Mission or AIM is a nationwide program of the central government operated by the NITI Aayog to promote a technology-led generation in the country. The main targets of the program include students of schools and universities, startups, small enterprises, industries in backward, tribal regions. etc. It is operated through various initiatives in 34 states and union territories and funded by various ministries of the central government.

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atal innovation mission launched in which year?


atal innovation mission is under which ministry?

AIM was set up by the NITI Aayog, under the Ministry of Planning

What is atal tinkering lab?

Atal tinkering labs are meant for helping students at the school level to infuse a creative and scientific mindset through programs like Artificial Intelligence (AI) DIY technologies etc.

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